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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.

Wild Rice Harvest Vegetable Salad.

Two nights ago I had my first scary parenting moment.  I heard something weird in the baby monitor and just had a bad feeling.  I ran up the stairs to check on Cullen, and found him throwing up in his sleep.  I had no idea so much liquid could come from a body so small.  Poor little guy is not feeling well. 


Last night, I tossed and turned with body aches, chills, and a fever.  I’m currently trying to take care of Cullen, pack the house, ignore a pounding headache, and figure out why my boobs are insanely sore.  Hoping and praying this is not another round of mastitis.  So needless to say, we are a little down in the dumps over here.


I have all these things I want to tell you about, but life is happening, so the stories will have to wait.  So instead, I thought I’d share my final recipe from my little Fremont kitchen (we’re moving into our big beautiful new kitchen on Saturday!).  Now that I’ve talked about boobs and baby puke, don’t you want to hear about food?  Sorry about that.

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I am on a major asparagus kick right now. I’ve been roasting it for dinners almost every night. This salad takes roasted asparagus to a new level. Combined with earthy beets, it’s a delicious and rustic dish.

Wild Rice Harvest Vegetable Salad

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)

    For the Salad

    • 1.5 cups Lundburg brown rice mix
    • 3 cups water
    • 3 large beets
    • 2 bunches asparagus

    For the Dressing

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon orange juice
    • pinch of salt


    Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees.  In a sauce pan or rice cooker, combine the wild rice mix and water, and cook until tender and fluffy.  If you don’t have wild rice (or prefer another variety), feel free to sub in your preference.  While the rice cooks, you can get your veggies ready!

    Trim the woody ends off the asparagus, and lay in a single layer across a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and salt, and slide into the oven. Roast for 35-40 minutes. They key to really good roasted asparagus is to roast long enough that the stalks are flimsy and the tips are slightly charred. In my opinion, there is nothing better!

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    While the asparagus roasts, peel the beets and then slice thin – I used a mandolin to get mine to an even thickness.

    Heat a grill pan over medium high heat (or you can use a real grill if you are feeling ambitious!). Lightly oil and then lay beets across the pan. Grill on each side for 10 minutes or so, until beets are tender and slightly charred.

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    In a small dish, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk to combine.  Once the veggies and rice are ready, combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and mix into a salad. Serve immediately or at room temp, and enjoy!

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    I always hesitate to buy beets because they seem complicated and messy to deal with, but I never seem to regret it when I do.  I have stopped eating dairy for a while (while I’m breastfeeding), but I can’t help but think that some goat cheese crumbles would be a nice addition to this plate.

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    It felt kind of bittersweet to cook what I knew was my last recipe in a kitchen that has been very good to me.  As excited as I am for our new home and new adventure, I’m a little sad to leave our old neighborhood behind.  We spent this year living right in the heart of the city, and I’ll miss my photography balcony overlooking the chocolate factory and the taco truck.

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    I’m always weird about change, even when the changes are good.  I have a hard time letting go and moving on.  Comfort food most definitely helps, and this recipe is most definitely comforting.

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    Six Months Old.

    In addition to all the other fun we were having this weekend, we were also celebrating something special.  Our little peanut turned six months old on Saturday.  Half a year – hard to believe.

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    He is such a little boy now, and now that he’s starting to move around and be more independent, I have to remind myself sometimes that he’s still just a little baby.  I think he thinks he’s already about three years old!

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    Before becoming a parent, I had no idea that his personality and silly little quirks would be so apparent so early.  I figured he’d a baby for at least the first year, and his personality would evolve has he became a toddler.  Boy was I wrong.  He is so full of life and love already, and he already knows what he likes and dislikes, what makes him laugh, and what makes him think “stop taking pictures of me, mom.”

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    In the past month he has gone from starting to army crawl to full blown mobility.  Every day he gets faster and is trying something new.  His latest trick is to try to stand on things.  Check out those thighs!

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    It’s amazing to me how much his appearance has changed over the past six months.  I look back at his early baby pictures and almost don’t recognize him, which makes me sort of sad. 

    Here he is at one month with darker skin and features, and ridiculous old man hair…

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    At three months he had lightened up a bit and finally had some hair growing in…

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    And today, at six months he has light blue eyes, ghostly pale skin, and a floppy mop of reddish brown hair.  Clearly I am biased, but I feel like he gets cuter every single day.

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    This is his new favorite facial expression – big blown up cheeks and smile that makes him look like a little frog.  It kills me. 

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    Now that he has the run of the house, he’s no longer interested in the many many toys we have strewn about every room.  New favorite things include shoes (the dirtier the better), cords, wagging dog tails, door stoppers, and water bottles.  Nothing makes him happier than chasing a half-full Sodastream bottle around the floor. 

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    I know that once babies are crawling and standing, life gets much more complicated.  While I’m already finding that to be true (time to babyproof), it is also so much more fun. 

    Most of the time, I feel like I get to spend my days hanging out with my best friend.  We take lots of long walks, spend afternoons with friends, play in the parks and go to the zoo, and we have so much fun together.  I feel so incredibly lucky to get to spend my days at home with him, and I try not to ever take it for granted. 

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    Six months sounds really old in baby-time, and yet at the same time it’s hard to believe our lives have become this full in just half a year.  I can’t really remember life before Cullen, and I definitely can’t imagine life without him. 

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    Six Month Rundown:

    • Solid Food:  Started!  Still just oatmeal cereal until after we move.
    • Stroller Running:  Getting better – can do 4 miles with no walking!
    • Car Seat:  Getting better.  A lot less screaming these days.
    • Bottles:  Pretty much giving up and moving onto sippy cups.
    • House:  Moving to our new one this Saturday!
    • Weight:  17 pounds at yesterday’s appointment!
    • Likes: Crawling around naked, bedtime songs, splashing in the bathtub, chasing balls, staring at other babies, chewing on tags.
    • Dislikes: When mom picks his nose, having his diaper changed, getting dressed, naptime.

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    For more parenting posts and updates, you can check out the parenting page!

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