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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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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pomegranate, pear, and gorgonzola salad

I was originally going to wait until January to post this recipe. You know, the month when the whole world decides to eat only nuts, green salads, and detox drinks made of lemon, cayenne, and the tears of their cravings. But this winter salad ended up being way too festive and pretty (and delicious) to […]

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rosemary apple pecan stuffing

An opinion on stuffing is akin to having an opinion on how you like your eggs prepared. Everyone should know what they prefer. For example, I am a crispy, savory, all-the-bacon-or-sausage-please stuffing fan and I like my eggs soft scrambled or over medium, por favor. I was fashionably late to the stuffing world and only […]

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corn and zucchini end of summer salad

After a few failed attempts at a zucchini and farro salad I decided to scrap the whole idea and try something completely different. I ditched the farro, added halloumi, basil, corn, and tomato, and basically the only thing that carried over was the zucchini.  I ended up loving this salad so much that the thought […]

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heirloom caprese salad

The earth is exploding with tomatoes this time of year and the only decent thing to do is to haul yourself to a farmer’s market and buy some so they don’t go to waste. I do not have a garden (yes, I know I should), but if I did, I’d probably fill it entirely with […]

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