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Lauren McDuffie
Indianapolis, IN
Lauren is a food writer, stylist, photographer, recipe developer, and children's book author. She blogs at Harvest and Honey.

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My Recipes
Praline Shortcakes With Summer Fruit And Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream
Praline shortcakes with blueberries, peaches and vanilla bean whipped cream. So, I do this thing where I take a bunch of praline pecans, pulse them in the food processor until they are finely ground - I call it praline flour - and I use it with my all purpose flour to make shortcakes. It gives them such a great flavor and a really pretty golden color - they taste amazing with fresh summer fruit. Just a little idea for you sweet-toothed folks like myself.
Eggplant Baked Eggs With Sumac & Paprika
These Moroccan Baked Eggs have been making me happy all week long. They've got spicy merguez and harissa, warmth from a little ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon, sweetness from honey, and some sautéed aromatics and eggplant for depth. Pretty good for a lowly one-pan egg dish.
Caramelized Onion & Brown Butter Tomato Sauce
Marcela Hazan's 3 ingredient tomato sauce is famous for a reason - it's awesome. I make it all the time and today I played around with the cooking method a little and wound up with a great variation. Same 3 ingredients (butter, tomatoes, onion), just cooked a little differently.
Good morning! I just sent a big pan of cheese grits into the oven and am getting to work on some pimiento cheese, a pot of chicken and andouille etouffe, these London Fog cupcakes, and some pan-seared carrots for dinner tonight. We're hosting a friend of Lucas' who is from the Mississippi Delta region, and I've bedn told he's into Southern and Cajun foods ... and I'm allll over that. ✨And also, a quick thank-you to my wonderful friend, Olivia (@adelasterfoodtextures) for the nicest of features today. If you don't already follow this inspiring woman, hop to it! (Easter joke ?).
I had some helping hands in the kitchen today while testing recipes, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Elle said, "Even if it's disgusting, I will still eat every single bite!" You can't really ask for much more than that, I guess. Her favorite recipes to test? The ones that are loaded with raw, crunchy veggies (makes me proud). And speaking of veggies, you can help spread the power of vegetables by sharing a veggie selfie with your friends, and @tater__tats will send you a free temporary veggie tattoo. Only 6% of Americans eat the recommended 2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day. Let's change that! Use #eatavegetabletoday when you share your veggie selfie on Facebook or Instagram, tag a friend to take one too, and visit before May 1 for your free temporary veggie tat while supplies last.
There's more than meets the eye in this frittata, and I'll be sharing the recipe for this perfectly springy breakfast or brunch idea on @shopsimon soon. ✨
"Tucked away on the back side of the busiest neighborhood on Hong Kong island, the old abandoned cake shop waited quietly. Amidst the hustle and bustle of one of the most high-energy, fast-paced cities in the world, it waited; a darkened oasis of quiet in the jungle of lights, (cameras) and action. It waited for its next inhabitants, for the noise to return. Abandoned, vacant, empty. It waited to come to life again. It needed a good spit shine, sure, but seemed promising nonetheless. Just out back, through the narrow shop and past the prep area and kitchen, sat a beautifully grimy yard lying fallow, untouched for some time. Perfectly imperfect. Across the street there was a Japanese matcha frozen yogurt shop with a perpetual line around the block. On one side of the former cake shop, sat the Indonesian embassy. On the other side was a hole-in-the-wall bar that had been there for 14 years. The owner: an ex-corporate chef who just wanted to do something different. In addition to beers on tap and Japanese whiskeys, the chef had also created a secret food menu that featured dishes such as clams in white wine sauce and sautéed chicken breast. And so, there amongst the bar, yogurt shop, and embassy, on a street bustling with people from all over the world, the little abandoned cake shop sat, and waited. - from the blog.
Gin + bitter lemon tonic water + cucumber simple syrup = 1 killer spring cock-a-tail.