Sep
16

Are you ready for some pumpkin?! I’ve been waiting for it like a kid on Christmas morning. And I guess you really don’t have a choice because here I am shoving this recipe in your face. There’s no turning back now: Pumpkin season has officially started on Ambitious Kitchen.

In fact, did you know that my love for pumpkin is right up top with my love for all things nut butter? I’ve always said that if I could choose my last meal on earth, it would be pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Does that make me a basic bitch?

Don’t answer that one.

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Sep
14

I’m a little late to the fig lovin’ game. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was because I never grew up eating them or maybe it was because their season peaked during the time when berries were still gorgeously cheap and apple season was just on the horizon.

Either way I’m here now, eating their beauty in my morning oatmeal and on breakfast toast. I’ve had them on pizza paired with blue cheese, bacon, and a heaping pile of that zesty arugula. Seriously, figs are just too damn addicting.

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Sep
10

My first memories of waffles are the ones from the local breakfast spot on Sundays after church. They were gigantic, crispy on the outside and topped with real whipped cream. A true breakfast indulgence that’s especially wonderful when you’re a kid.

Now that I’m older, my eating habits have changed somewhat. I mostly seek recipes that that fill me up with fiber, protein and healthy fats. Typically I go for a hearty breakfast of eggs, turkey bacon, a banana and any kind of nut butter I can find in my cupboard. However, there are days when I get cravings for a waffle the size of my face and just have to give in.

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Sep
09

Oh hi! Got your morning cup of joe? Good! Today I’m writing from the heart about random things including blogging and how my life has changed since I started.

But first, how are you? No really how are you doing? I’m asking because I feel like I have a personal relationship with many of my readers. Even if I can’t see you, we chat on Instagram, tweet each other, or leave comments to one another on Facebook. Believe me, I see all of your sweet social media messages and am beyond grateful for each and every one of you. Really, I am.

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Sep
07

Happy Labor Day, friends! I hope that your enjoying your day off — whatever that means for you. I really don’t have any special plans. Maybe a Mariah Carey jam sesh and cookie baking, but nothing extraordinary.

But I’m super excited for tomorrow because Tony is officially done with baseball and I’m looking forward to having him back home. Even though our Fall months are going to be jam-packed with moving, redecorating, painting, concerts and trips; I can’t wait to do it all with him. All the romantic, mushy feels are happening.

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Sep
06

It’s the last few weeks of Summer (don’t get angry), and that means you may still have some zucchini laying around to use.

I love baking and cooking with zucchini because of its incredible nutrition and moisture. It’s a straight up wizard veggie.

I cannot tell you how much zucchini I went through this year, however I think it’s evidenced by my overuse of it in recipes. Before we move onto apple and pumpkin season, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite healthy zucchini recipes from around the internet. There’s a combination of both sweet and savory so I know you’ll find something to enjoy…

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Sep
03

If I ever move anywhere else in the United States, it would be to California. Lately I’ve been thinking about the days when I used to live in Hermosa Beach. The weather was indescribably beautiful. The neon pink and orange sunsets were astounding. The wines were bold and native. The hiking trails were gruesome (in a good way).

Every year these memories come up as we approach cooler temperatures. I can already feel it happening and I’m just not ready yet. How about you?

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Sep
02

So I think by now, we all know how deep my love for nut butters truly is. Remember my peanut butter taste test?

I go through phases where I’m in love with peanut butters, but I also tend to gravitate towards all the delicious nut butters out there: Cashew, coconut, almond, hazelnut… the options are endless! And yes, making your own is a breeze, but sometimes I love to sample all the fun flavors at the store.

So today I’m bringing you SIXTEEN peanut free nut butters that I’ve fallen in love with. My assistant and I sampled each one and ranked them by sweetness, saltiness, flavor profile and even give recommended uses. So, whether you’re feeling bored with your typical nut butter or you have a peanut allergy, you are going to LOVE this list. Grab a spoon and DIG IN.

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Aug
31

This Summer has been remarkable.

To tell you the truth, I thought I’d have more down time to relax but then I realize that life is short and all I want to do is see the world like any twenty-something. I spent a lot of time traveling without any regrets. The discovery of new places always excites me and I couldn’t feel any more blessed to celebrate the end of Summer with a happy heart.

In other exciting end of Summer news, Tony should be getting home from baseball next week, so we’ll be spending time together eating everything that Chicago has to offer. Date nights (and BDUBS) here we come!

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Aug
25

Brownies on a Tuesday. Ummm… you down?

Of course you are!

I made these brownies on snapchat a few weeks ago (username: ambitiouskitch) and saw that several of you ended up making them and tagging me on Insta. This is giving me some incentive to post more Snapchat recipes and not just videos of my cat drinking water out of a tea cup.

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