shallot and mushroom eggs en cocotte

I initially shied away from making eggs en cocotte because I was convinced that the only way I wanted to eat eggs was very softly scrambled with lots of butter. I am happy to report that I was undeniably wrong; and I can’t believe it took me this long to make what I now call […]

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jalapeño and bacon corn chowder

I used to think that I did not like chowder because the only chowders I had ever tried were full of clams. Unsolicited fact about me: the only mollusk I am on good terms with is the scallop. They are delectable. But back to chowder… I can’t remember when I first tried a “non-clam” chowder, […]

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Bánh mì with pickled vegetables and sriracha mayonnaise

Traveling through Vietnam has been a fantastic experience for the senses. We have seen incredible vistas, inhaled some delicious and not so delicious smells, and eaten our way through every city (of course). Our schedules currently revolve around coffee, breakfast, more Vietnamese coffee, lunch, afternoon snacks, happy hour, dinner, and post-dinner dessert or drinks.  We’ve […]

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Dutch baby with lemon-basil maple syrup

It took Patrick a second to register what I meant when I said I wanted to make Dutch babies last weekend. For the record, he is not Dutch. And obviously I meant Dutch baby pancakes. I am embarrassed to admit it had been months since I made one, as it’s one of my faaaaavorite breakfast […]

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Falafel with tzatziki sauce

I remember the first time I ever made falafel. Our friends brought over all the ingredients; we blended them together in our food processor, rolled and fried away, and could not stop eating them. I like to think of falafel as fried savory donut holes that count as dinner. But if fried donut holes don’t […]

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Spicy Bloody Mary

Congratulations to those of you wrapping up your January Whole30, or your “dry January”, or your self-proclaimed month of eating leaves and detox drinks. In honor of your dieting accomplishments I made you a celebratory cocktail! And then I drank said cocktail, because a) it’s delicious, and b) I was home alone with two Bloody […]

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Whole30 pulled pork lettuce wraps with sesame ginger sauce

I won’t lie to you. Most of the time I’d rather have my wraps or burritos blanketed in fluffy tortillas, pita, or anything resembling carbs. But not in this case. These pork wraps are majestically happy and full of flavor just as they are. Plus, you can eat them guilt-free, knowing that you basically had […]

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Whole30 Pad Thai

Bravo to those of you in the throes of Whole30. It’s not easy! And if you aren’t doing Whole30, then chances are you know someone who is. The other day I asked Patrick what he wanted for dinner and he requested this Whole30 Pad Thai. We aren’t even doing Whole30 right now (not to rub […]

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roasted cumin carrots with cardamom yogurt sauce

Carrots should never be resigned to their frequented role of “just another boring side dish”, but heaven forbid they be fussy and demanding. Let’s be honest, no one wants to spend hours working on a carrot dish unless it is a carrot cake, in which case, bring it on (with cream cheese frosting please and […]

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vanilla custard french toast

I’m ruined. I will never ever want any other French toast except this one. I might even break tradition and request that my family make it on Christmas morning instead of our usual egg casserole. Blasphemous of me, I know. But, try this for yourself and I DARE you not to want it during the […]

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