chai spice breakfast buns & a few more recipes

I wanted to pop in real quick. and say hello to see how everyone’s (almost) summer vacation is going. It feels like school is never going to end here in NYC. I started a countdown on the dining room blackboard in anticipation of the last school lunch I’ll have to pack. Yes, even I lose my steam after nine months of the daily grind.

Before we head out of town for some R&R and I wanted to share a few new recipes that have been published over at Relish Magazine. I write for them twice a month, and while I’m generally good about sharing them on Facebook and Twitter, I often forget to let all of you here know about them. I’ll try to get better about that in the future.

Speaking of which, why do we only wait until December 31st to make resolutions? Life is always a work in progress, right? My goal for this summer is to try and be more in the moment. I nixed all summer camp plans, which was quite freeing. It allowed me to plan two vacations sort of on the fly, and spend time with a few dear friends this summer.

Here’s what I’ve been up to over at Relish. And if you do decide to make a summer resolution, please feel free to share what it is; we can all use a little inspiration.

lemon thyme pesto

Parsley, Lemon Thyme & Pistachio Pesto


Strawberry Vanilla Syrup

slow roasted tomato salsa

Slow-Roasted Tomato Salsa

(hint: this recipe uses the slow-roasted tomatoes from Homemade with Love)

The recipe for the Chai Spice Cinnamon Buns at the beginning of this post can be found here.


  • Amanda

    Oh, staggering through a few more half days here. Luckily salsa fixes everything for us, so you are totally our hero 😉

    Enjoy the R&R when finally arrives!

  • T.R.

    Summer Resolutions: Get out more and do things around the city. Over the past 6 years I’ve become such a hermit and don’t get out in the city. So this summer I explore LA.

    Also, be more bold and do things I’m afraid to do. First up, bright pink two piece bikini to be worn outside on the beach. Do I have a “traditional” bikini body. FAR from it but I’m going to put that baby on and go for it. Second, go to a function by myself and try and meet new people. :O)

  • Glenda

    Enjoy your summer vacations with your two beautiful girls. You so remind me of my mom and her two girls after my dad passed 🙁

  • Denise

    YEAH Summer!! Hoping y’all have a great summer, and I agree that nixing the plans is a good idea. My god-daughter is so booked this summer that it is going to be hard to get any summer fun in. *sad face*. Hoping one of your trips is heading this way. 🙂

    By the way I am thinking this buns need to make it onto our breakfast table. Pronto. I wish you delivered.

  • kam

    ? re: Chai Buns. You prefer to use fresh ginger. Do you use it when you make the spice mix ahead to store for 2 months or use only when using same day? I guess my ? is, How well will fresh ginger store in a dry spice combination? Thanks

  • Carla @ Gluten Free Recipe Box

    Thanks for the link to the muffins. I love spicy muffins. I even enjoy pepper in biscuits. They’re the best. Thanks for all of the great recipes. I’ll have to convert the muffins to gluten free. They sound wonderful! Love your blog!

  • Jennifer Perillo

    My note about using fresh ginger only refers to when I make chai (the hot beverage). The spice mixture uses powdered ginger.—JP

  • Cheryl

    Oh so nice, Love the Strawberry Vanilla Syrup, just in time for strawberry season 🙂 Have a wonderful trip this summer. My resolution is spend more time with my Mom. I convinced her to book time off work, we’ll garden and start taking yoga lessons together (I’m so excited)

  • Sally

    The parsley, lemon thyme and pistachio pesto has a much greater chance of being made (and consumed) in my house than a traditional basil pesto.

    My eldest and I both think we are super-tasters. For both of us it’s bitter foods, but different bitter foods. We both have some that we love, but they are different and often opposite. An example, I love coffee and hate beer and she loves beer and hates coffee.

  • Clarissa

    When I try and click the link for the Strawberry Vanilla Syrup it stopped working 🙁