Hello family, and friends, and people on the internet I may not have met. I started this blog back in 2012 when I hated my job and was realizing that a career in law was not in fact my best decision ever. And then I kept it going through several other not-very-good jobs where I…

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Cheddar Apple Pie | The Year of Pie

The one constant of the last few weeks has been change. Changing schedules, changing jobs, changing seasons. Billboards are going up touting the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Internet is full of ways to enjoy crisp weather, but San Francisco hasn’t decided yet what season it should be. We had an intense heat wave, when I…

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Pistachio Raspberry Rosewater Cake

This last ten days has been a rollercoaster ride. After the excitement of the new job we got news last week that Jeff’s uncle had packed away. Plans for quiet weekend were scrapped as we bought last minute tickets to Chicago, notified work that we’d but out, and packed for our flight. Seeing family was…

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Choosing a Ripe Avocado | How to

Avocado buying can be an incredibly frustrating thing. Sometimes you stand there, checking every single avocado, and find that none of them are ripe yet so your afternoon plans of guacamole are ruined. Sometimes you stand there, and can’t figure out which avocados are ripe and which ones are about to turn to mush. And sometimes…

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Not-Lobster Rolls

Just over a year ago, Jeff and I spent a week in Maine. It was the week after our wedding, and the trip was to rest, to recuperate, and to eat all of the lobster we’d been missing out on after years of living on the West Coast. We did a pretty admirable job. There…

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Elvis Pie | The Year of Pie

When you are in your late 20s, and married, and you tell people “I have some exciting news”, the first thing they’re going to think is that you’re pregnant. Just in case, you know, you find yourself in a situation where you have exciting news, other than having a baby, and you need a way…

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Adding Salt | Kitchen Tips

Tip #3: Salt your food during cooking I keep my container of kosher salt next to the stove so that it’s easy to sprinkle some on while I’m cooking. In fact, one of the first questions Jeff or I will ask when we wander into the kitchen while the other is cooking is “Have you salted that?”…

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Corn and Tomato Caprese

It seems that I can’t get through a summer without some kind of corn and tomato combination. This one wasn’t even on my rader. I’d been mulling over the idea of some kind of stone variation on caprese, maybe with peaches, maybe not. I’d gone so far as to buy a tub of fresh mozzarella…

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Ratatouille Pie | The Year of Pie

We went and visited summer over the Fourth of July. It was deliciously hot. Shorts weather, ice cream weather,  lake weather. And then we came back to San Francisco’s perpetual April and while I enjoyed the cool nights, I missed summer. It made me think of all the things to love about the hot weather. Things…

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Pineapple Salsa

When we went on vacation to Hawaii last month my goal was to eat as much pineapple as possible, and I worked hard to achieve that goal. I had pineapple cocktails (including one served in a hollowed out pineapple) and tried pineapple snacks everywhere we went. There was pineapple for breakfast, and for snacks, and…

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