bruschetta with heirloom tomato, mozzarella, and herbs

It should be a crime to waste tomatoes during their peak season – so if you find yourself in possession of fresh tomatoes nearing overripe-ness, promise me you’ll do something about it. I know this recipe calls for heirloom tomatoes but really any decent variety will work, as long as they are fresh and ripe. […]

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melon and feta salad with mint, chili, and lime

On warm summer nights the last thing I want is to melt away prepping food in a hot kitchen – especially 8 months pregnant. I love our 1950s Seattle home, but air conditioning? Yeah right. So here you go, this recipe checks the boxes for a fresh and easy summer dish that even your very […]

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grilled zucchini “fries” with spicy honey mustard

A holiday weekend is just days away (at least in the US), and I’m betting this kicks off grilling season for many of you– FINALLY, am I right? Comfort food, we will see you in the fall. It’s time for burgers, caprese salads, fresh fruit, and practicing the art of “how many foods can I […]

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simple avocado citrus salad

By the end (or nearing end) of winter I’ve usually established a craving for fresh summer fruit, but berries and nectarines will evade me a few months more. I recently rekindled my love for oranges after being sick with influenza- I used to think of oranges as a bit mundane, their purpose being for juicing […]

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shaved brussels sprout salad with vegan bacon crumble and chive-garlic dressing

Each December I intentionally post a new salad recipe—we all need a night off from eating Christmas cookies and drinking eggnog. But that doesn’t mean that eating a salad instead of holiday fare should be a tasteless chore. If I’ve learned one thing as an adult, it’s that superb salads are completely different from my […]

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cranberry sauce with rosemary, port, and figs

If someone told you that your tried and true chocolate chip cookie recipe should take the back burner for a new and improved version, most of you would roll your eyes and say “no thanks.” So I’ll tread lightly as I suggest you make this cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving next week. Mix it up this […]

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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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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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