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    Lavender by the Bay Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

    Lavender has always been one of my favorite things. I diffuse lavender essential oils and sip it in tea. When I began to explore New York City’s local markets and gardens, Lavender by the Bay was one of my first discoveries. Tucked away in Long Island, this beautiful family farm was founded in 2002 and serves up fresh lavender for culinary, personal, and craft purposes. During the spring and summer, you can find their goods by visiting their farm. (Click here for more details.) If you’re not up for the journey you can find their goods year-round at several Greenmarkets around the city. My roommates and I use Lavender by…

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    Homemade Gluten-Free Berries + Cream Cake

    This past weekend I celebrated my 21st birthday. Instead of a busy weekend full of activities, I asked for a relaxing weekend with my friends. We explored Williamsburg, ate breakfast at my favorite restaurant, had a picnic, and went to a jazz club. It was the perfect weekend. However, one of the highlights of my birthday weekend was the beautiful cake my roommate made me. Since going gluten-free after my Hashimoto’s diagnosis in December, I’ve been missing all the breads and cakes I used to enjoy. Gluten-free or not, this cake is worth the work and sure to please. The perfect combination of vanilla cake, fresh whipped cream, and local…

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    Spring Kale Salad

    This past weekend, I had the opportunity to travel home to Texas. After this brutal NYC winter, it was heavenly to be immersed in the sunshine and involved in my family’s Easter weekend traditions. I was able to quilt with my grandma, return to favorite restaurants with one of my best friends, and eat my family’s delicious barbecue and pies. Food is one of my favorite things about returning home. There is something ritualistic about the opportunity to sit around the same table with people who know you and share a meal. With each holiday, I find myself remembering long lost memories and recognizing how things have changed. However, now…