maple and matcha

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white bean and kale soup | fun with veggies

As I mentioned in a previous post, we signed up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, which means we get a grab-box of veggies every week this summer! We ate a lot of salad last week, and wanted to mix things up this week with a savory soup!

white bean and kale soupIngredients:

  • 2 hot italian sausages (can substitute another type of your liking, or leave out to make vegetarian)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 cup (dry) or 1 can pre-cooked white beans
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, bay leaves, thyme, oregano, basil, paprika
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 turnip
  • 1/2 celeriac
  • 1 broccoli stalk
  • 4 medium red potatoes


  • Prep: Finely dice onion and garlic. Cut sausage and remaining vegetables into half-bite-sized pieces.
  • Saute sausage, onion, and garlic until browned.
  • Add broth, kale, and beans. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Season to taste.
  • Add carrots, turnip, celeriac, broccoli, and potatoes. Let simmer for 15 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.

Serving Suggestions: over rice or with a slice of bread on the side!

Eat up!

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maple and matcha shortbread cookies | hello, world!

Hello, world!


I thought it would only be fitting to start with a namesake post. These buttery shortbread cookies combine sweet New England maple syrup and refreshing green Japanese matcha. You can nibble these while drinking your afternoon beverage of choice – matcha, green tea, coffee, black tea…

maple syrup and matcha powder

The base shortbread recipe was adapted from The Joy of Cooking.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs matcha powder


  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Cream butter and maple syrup.
  3. Sift together flour, sugar, salt, and matcha.
  4. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. The dough will be very crumbly.
  5. Press dough into a 9×9 baking pan. Bake for 25-30 min.