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Magic Blender Dressing: Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

Magic Blender Dressing Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette | Umami GirlIt is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single family in possession of a good salad, must be in want of a dressing. You guys, this is THE ONE. Our smooth, tangy, creamy lemon vinaigrette is the dressing that’s always in our fridge. I developed it years ago for our favorite kale salad, and it’s bold enough to stand up to kale and shredded Brussels sprouts and all kinds of raw cruciferous goodies. It’s also great drizzled over baby spinach or tossed with chopped romaine and tons of crunchy veggies.  (more…)

Our Family’s Favorite Kale Salad Recipe

Favorite Kale Salad Recipe | Umami Girl

Our family has two favorite kale salad recipes. The first one is a simple side salad that we’ll happily eat with virtually any meal. The second one (which was the first to enter our lives chronologically, and something in me needs to let you know that, okay sorry bye) is a complete meal in a bowl. You’re looking at it right up there.  (more…)

Happy Weekend

Navesink Fog Water Ice | Umami Girl

Happy weekend, friends. We live alongside the Navesink River, which amazes me by looking and feeling different every day. (One, two, three, just for starters.) It’s a tidal river, so maybe that’s most of it. But there’s a borderline-magical element too. It’s one of those phenomena where all the things I don’t know about science add up to a feeling of wonder and magic, and I’ll take it. I’ll take knowing the river is a place I can always go to slow down and pay attention and be rewarded for it. (more…)

Raspberry Chia Post-Workout Smoothie

Raspberry Chia Post Workout Smoothie | Umami GirlHappy New Year, friends. Real life update: we’re on the road in snowy New England for our final stops exploring high schools for Addie. I’ve gone a little off the deep end temporarily with January reset mentality. And the world is cold. More on two of those three items later.

For today, a smoothie. If you’re also in deep-end mode, or if you’re just a person who likes raspberries and the gym, this Raspberry Chia Post-Workout smoothie is your jam. (Well, your smoothie, anyway.) It’s vegan and gluten-free and macronutrient-balanced to aid in muscle recovery after a tough workout.  (more…)

Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes | Umami Girl

Ho ho holy crap, you guys. Only four days ’til Christmas. I think I start a post that way every year. But it’s okay, because it’s genuine shock and awe speaking, so it’s relatable, right?

Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes | Umami Girl

I know I don’t have to tell you about all the obligations this time of year. One love-hate-love task I often rue the day I volunteered for is making treats for a class party. (Two weeks beforehand: I’m looking forward to this! Definitely signing up! Two days beforehand: Jesus Christ almighty, what have I done? Ten seconds after finishing: SO CUTE, YAY!) These chocolate candy cane cupcakes fit the only three requirements of my holiday class baking projects: they’re nut-free, they have a high cuteness to effort ratio, and they’re vaguely secular. On my best days, I can say the same for myself.  (more…)


Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.