kale salad with preserved lemon and a curry dressing

I swore I didn’t like kale until Deb Perelman posted a recipe for this salad; I tried it for the first time when my friend Erika brought it over for a fall diner party. It turns out Deb used to be in the same camp as I, the camp I labeled as, “everyone who likes […]

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grilled chicken marinade with garlic, lime, and sesame

I have had so much fun grilling this summer that I am a little sad at the thought of letting our grill sit dormant all winter long. I’ve entertained thoughts of becoming “that crazy neighbor” who bundles up and charges outside in the freezing winter temperatures with a full tank of propane and a plate […]

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stone fruit salad with cardamom and crème fraîche

Peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, and the rest of the stone fruit family are showing off right now. It’s as if summer is presenting a lavish peace offering on its way out… “Sorry, I have to leave soon, but here is a parting gift.” I remember one particular summer evening as a child- I found out […]

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grilled corn with chili-lime butter, Cotija, and herbs

After our previous grill became a home to stray rodents I decided we had two options: burn the BBQ immediately in protest, or take it to the dump. After Patrick calmly told me that incinerating our propane gas grill would not be the wisest idea, he loaded it up and took it to the nearest […]

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curried chickpea sliders

I cannot resist a good sandwich or slider. Sometimes (ok, a lot of the time) I just crave a refreshing turkey, tuna, or chicken salad sandwich, with all the fixings. What is not to love? It’s basically one stop enjoyment of bread, cheese, avocado, and a savory filling. So, vegetarians and vegans, this recipe is […]

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goat cheese crostini with preserved lemon, honey, and smoked paprika

I won’t admit to you how many of these toasts I ate in the name of “recipe development.” Never mind that the recipe has only 5 ingredients (minus the salt)… I had to get the ratios “just right” and of course that meant making this over, and over, and over. I assembled a large platter […]

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preserved lemons

Who would have thought that nonchalantly stuffing lemons into a jar and letting them marinate in a brine of their own juices would yield a product that is positively magical. I’m sure a food scientist could explain to me the chemical process (though salt is “neutral” and lemon juice is acidic, so I’ve been informed […]

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mushroom, corn, and brussels sprout pasta with truffled breadcrumbs

Whenever Patrick and I eat out (usually while traveling) I am always on the hunt for recipe inspiration. I’ll even stoop so low as to take photos of menus, just for idea inspiration, of course, and promptly forget said photo until, months later, I have a moment of recall. Next ensues a frantic search through […]

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baked halibut with shallots and capers

Watch out- my head might have grown a size or two because I’ve been nailing it at the halibut game, if I can be so bold. However, a little bit of well-placed confidence is welcome, because no one wants to splurge on fresh, wild caught halibut and cook it incorrectly. In that unfortunate situation, you […]

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halloumi and black bean tacos

I had good intentions of posting this recipe before the cinco de mayo celebrations a few days ago, but I’m only going to halfway apologize because do we really need a once-a-year inauthentic holiday to give us an excuse to make tacos? I should hope not. You might remember when I posted my camping taco recipe […]

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