Rhubarb Lime Boy/Girl Bait

Hi Hello Happy Mother’s Day Weekend here’s some boy bait for ur mom in case she wants a man.

Or a woman, if she’s on our lgbtq train, we can call it girl bait too because girl, you’d like this too. Which makes sense that we’re making it for mom!

I’m not able to be with my mom or my sister this mother’s day because they’re so far north but I did send my mom a bouquet of flowers at work. I know this will a) make her v happy and b) brag about her children to everyone at work even more. My mom is one of the most humble people I’ve ever met but trust and believe she’d brag about me getting 30% off a couch if she thought it was a big deal.

This is why she got the dedication in my book. When I was visiting and testing recipes a trip to the grocery store would take twice as long because she introduced me as her son that was writing a cookbook to every person she knew because she was my Mendocino county PR team. Of course the addition of her being the best, most supportive mom was the icing on the dedication cake gig.

I’m in love with the idea of boy bait because it’s a simple not too sweet option for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, and it takes all of about 10 minutes to throw together and toss in the oven. The usual, original flavor of the boy bait is blueberries, which I’m sure would be equally as delicious, but I went with my favorite spring combo: rhubarb and lime.

These are actually very similar to my pie bars that I’ve made countless times but the base here is more cake/breakfast friendly instead of the shortbread situation so you can serve it whenever wherever Shakira wants to eat this on Mother’s Day or really any day you’ve got fruit to use up and eating it by the handfuls isn’t in the cards.

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Pollo Verde

Totally unplanned taco tuesday post 4 ur bodies ur minds ur spirits with something I’ve probably made 5 times with plans to shoot but something would always come up so I was just a man 5 batches of tacos rich. Obviously this leads to me eating 5 batches of tacos but I wasn’t mad about it.

Pro Tip: Never trust a man that’s mad about 5 batches of tacos.

The other day we were perusing the local Cardena’s for groceries when I walked past a *stunning* mountain of tomatillos, and my immediate reaction was to fill a bag and walk away from the mountain no questions asked no plan in mind just a bag of tomatillos and a life to live.

When I got home I was talking with Esteban about what I could do that wasn’t just salsa verde and then like a truck I was hit with the memory of this pollo verde and figured better late than never and here we are on this very day.

The recipe itself is actually from Anne Burrell with a much longer title of explanation but it’s basically a salsa verde braised chicken, and very similar to chile verde just assembled in a slightly different way. My only real change is the use of only thighs and shredding up the chicken so it can be used for a number of applications. The flavor is so insanely good, super limey, a little smokey, a little spicy, and perfect on a warm tortilla or bed of rice or other grain. It’s total weeknight dinner material while also being total weekend dinner party fare and you can make it 5 times without taking a picture and it doesn’t affect the excitement at all, not that I would know anything about that.

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Kale & Caramel’s Roasted Strawberry & Basil Cream Pie

The first time I met Lily Diamond was at a brunch a couple years ago with a few other bloggers up in LA where we talked about her just starting the book process and me half alive from finishing up mine. She told me the book was centered around herbs and edible flowers and each one had their own chapter and I was instantly sold (I always have half bunches of herbs I want to eat and with my luck I would assume a flower was edible then have diarrhea for a week). We talked about ideas for coping with the process, shared an eggs benedict pizza and talked about how underwhelming the dessert was.

We’ve been friends ever since.

One of my favorite things about Lily (besides how funny and charming she is without even knowing) is her ability to pair together foods and memories that somehow go so perfectly hand in hand when they in fact shouldn’t. Her writing is so thoughtfully done with bits of humor that let you know she is in fact a human and not some robot that’s trying to use the most flowery of words to sound smart. Her book is all of this and beyond, beyond being new ways to use herbs, face masks and sprays to help you chill out.

This is one of the first recipes I opened to and with both strawberries and basil coming into their own for the season I figured it was a perfect to share with you. It’s the perfect millennial pink (the actual shade of pink not just any shade that people have been attaching the title to, neon pink it’s not ur day) without any food coloring and it showcases how to use an herb in a way you wouldn’t really expect and gives me ideas for other infused whipped cream combos.

Mission accomplished, Lily.

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Tahini Chip Pound Cake

Tahini Chip Pound Cake // Wit & VinegarHello I made you this beautiful bundt cake that’s actually been living inside my head for a while now he is no longer imaginary but v real show him some love.

I’m a sucker for a good classic fine crumb pound cake, and by sucker I mean I will suck up half the slices like a vacuum cleaner within 5 minutes because I am an animal, but also a machine. So the fact that this is  a good classic with the addition of the nutty tahini/chocolate combo #blessed just makes it that much more dangerous for me to be left alone with it.

Tahini Chip Pound Cake // Wit & VinegarWe’re keeping this post extra short this time around because I’m currently up in Fort Bragg visiting my mom/sister/brother in law/grandma/shiny new nephew and it’s time to go make breakfast. Whatever you’re celebrating this weekend this pound cake is perfect because it comes together so easily, feeds 10 people without batting an eye, and if the chocolate isn’t your thing then you can leave it out and this cake would be perfect with some sliced strawberries and whipped cream.

And bonus for all of us! The same day I finalized the recipe Erin Jeanne McDowell (one of my favorite instas) blessed us with all the tips you need for a perfect bundt.

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Strawberry Ginger Peeps

Strawberry Ginger Peeps // Wit & VinegarIt’s almost Easter which means Peeps season is almost over. I know there’s like this very divided train of thought where you’ll either eat an entire package in one sitting or throw the whole thing out the window because you’d rather choke on a piece of old egg. I just happen to be in the eat the entire package in one sitting camp.

Now I know what you’re thinking:

“Billy there’s packs of peeps at the store for a dollar and change and you want me to make them?”

And my answer is “Yes, did I stutter?”

Now, we’re not going to make the classic vanilla ones because technically yes you can buy those (but these would still be an improvement because those taste like a sweet plastic). Instead we’re actually going down the path of Strawberry Ginger, two words used to describe someone with red hair and now the flavor of these peeps.

I got the inspo from this v relevant post last year where I made strawberry top vodka and threw it in a Moscow Mule. The ginger strawberry combo move was so perfect and it translates insanely well with these peeps. You still have time to grab a mold before Easter (easiest thing for diy peeps) and show off your sugar skills, and if this combo isn’t for you then maybe you can try Esteban’s twist on mango con Tajin (did you really think we were spending $15 on a peeps mold and it not getting more than one post into the world that is the internet?)

Now that would be crazy.

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Sambal Tahini Carrot Dip

Sambal Tahini Carrot Dip // Wit & VinegarWe’re having a dip party!

A few bloggers are getting together to throw a dip party with Good Health Snacks, involving actual dips and not the bean dips where we run around and flick man boobs.

Hopefully that is a reference that everyone gets and not just me growing up in the mountains.

Sambal Tahini Carrot Dip // Wit & Vinegar

I’ve been wanting to make a roasted carrot dip for a while now because I love the idea of roasted carrots blended with a bunch of spices to make me feel like the bag of chips I’m eating is healthy. I know at first glance this is just a baby food for babies with advanced palettes but it really is the perfect thing to serve at a party or a dinner where it’s just you standing in a kitchen alone.

The flavor combo of this is really kind of perfect. The sambal oelek gives a nice after kick while the bitterness of the tahini cuts the sweetness of carrots with the lime. I don’t want to call it hummus because there aren’t any chickpeas in sight but the combo of the tahini and citrus and olive oil we’re landing on hummus adjacent.

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