Olivia's Palate

Turning Overripe Pears into Pear Sauce

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I have put a lot of thought into how I can utilize my blog during my trip and wanted to make sure I stay true to the original purpose of this blog, which is to blog about my love of food!  Instead of blogging about my day to day, this blog will now be fully dedicated to my food experiences on the road. On our way to Mount Hood National Forest, Blaise and I stopped by a little fruit stand on the side of the road next to the Bridge…read more

British Columbia – “The Best Place on Earth?”

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During the last few days, Blaise and I have been steadily making progress across British Columbia, Canada.  Since we’re on somewhat of a timeline to get to Alaska (before it gets cold and dark), we haven’t stayed in one place more than one night thus far.  The forest fires have also been really bad in the southern part of British Columbia, covering the landscape with a thick, smoky haze. Due to the forest fires, we had to make a last minute change of plans when the gate to our planned…read more

Life on the Road

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It’s been almost a month since Blaise and I left Philadelphia and have become full time travelers.  It’s funny to look back on what I expected my life to be like after leaving my full time job and what it has actually become.  So much time and thought went into prepping for this trip, but nothing could fully prepare us until we transitioned into this new lifestyle. We have spent the majority of our days driving across this vast and beautiful country, learning how to live and camp outdoors and “taking a…read more

The Journey Begins…

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This past Friday, Blaise and I left Philadelphia to begin our travels.  It honestly doesn’t feel real yet.  We’ve been talking about leaving to travel for months, and it finally happened.  We’ve dwindled down our possessions to what can fit in the car (Nissan Xterra) and the Thule carrier and headed off to the Jersey Shore for the first night. Blaise has some family in Jersey and the drive up here was short and pleasant.  Plus, we decided to go to NYC during the weekend, so it was a great mid-way point….read more

How I Decided to Quit my Job and Travel the World

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Isn’t it fun to fantasize about what you would do if you won the lottery?  I used to think about this idea quite frequently.  It would go something like this: If I had an (almost) unlimited supply of money, I would pay off my debt, help out various family members financially, and become a vagabond, traveling the world for an extended period of time.  Growing up, I visited my grandmother in Brittany, France over the summers and would spend hours listening to her intently while she talked about her worldly…read more

Cast-Iron Delmonico Steak

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Whenever I do a cooking demo, one of my favorite things to show the audience is how to make a steak.  Everyone thinks a quality steak is impossible to make at home and something left to steak house restaurants.  However, a steak is one of the easiest and quickest meals you can make yourself in a matter of minutes. My favorite cut of steak to make is usually the Delmonico.  There is some controversy about what cut of meat a Delmonico steak is really is — a top sirloin, bone-in…read more

Autumn Salad

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I took a much needed break from the cooking and blogging world, but I’m back!  For the past few months, I indulged in my food and cooking passion 110%.  I was taking on individual clients, teaching public cooking classes, played around with my camera and some new, fun lenses, and even took took pictures for a well known restaurant in Philly.  But sometimes, you go in so hard that you neglect to take care of yourself and other priorities.  I stopped finding joy in the very thing that made me happiest because…read more

Easy Eats: My First Public Cooking Class!

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Julia Child once said, “No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing“.  In order to become comfortable in the kitchen, you must practice.  And what better way to practice and learn by doing than to attend my first public cooking class! I am SUPER excited to announce that I have found a location to host my first cooking class and I’m inviting you all to attend! The class will be held Saturday, October 11 from 3-6 pm in Center City Philadelphia. My class is a comprehensive cooking lesson geared…read more

Baked Eggs with Arugula, Bacon, and Onions

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I acquired a set of 4 light green Le Creuset Mini Cocottes a while back, but couldn’t figure out what to do with them!  They would just sit in my cabinet looking adorable (I mean really, how cute are they?) until I finally decided to pull them out and use them recently.  I’ve been experimenting with baked eggs for the past few weeks, tweaking the oven temperature and the ingredients, and have finally created something worth sharing.  These are great if you want to impress your guests over brunch! This…read more

I love my CSA (and why you should have one too)

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First of all, THANK YOU!!  I won the Reading Terminal Market’s Chef Challenge with my Braised Pork Belly Tartine and I could not have done it without you!  The email I received congratulating me said I won by a landslide!  Seriously, you guys are THE best!  I will definitely keep you posted about what I do with my $100 gift certificate prize at Reading Terminal Market. ——— If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably seen a picture or two of the produce I get from my CSA, which stands for Community…read more