Chess Pie

I have a tendency to make unusual word associations, often involving food. Certain words remind me of food and then I have this strange imagery inserted into whatever conversation I’m having. For example, the word “extraordinary” always makes me think of “strawberry.” I’ve found that in conversation, “extraordinary” is often said right before the word…

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Chimichurri Couscous

Parsley gets a bit of a bad rap. It’s so often the unfortunate garnish or the superfluous ingredient that people seem to dismiss it as a serious ingredient. For years when a recipe called for parsley I would like as not skip it. I saw no real point in using parsley, other than for color….

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Flaky Piecrust | How To

Ahh, pie crust. Pie dough is one of those things that is pretty good from a package. But well done homemade pie dough can take a pie from “this is good pie” to “this pie is amazing.” I make a pretty mean pie crust. And there’s no reason you shouldn’t too. Don’t know how? Well…

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Madeleines

My kitchen is not particularly large. This is perhaps not a unique problem for someone who rents an apartment in a city, especially if that city is San Francisco. But it has had a serious impact on my kitchen purchases over the last few years. Alarming quickly our cabinet filled with dishes, pantry goods, odd…

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Pickled Carrots

Every week I get a box of vegetables from my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We don’t pick what will come in the box but usually it’s a good mix of staples (like onions, garlic, and citrus), seasonal items, and the occasional bag of walnuts or pistachios. I love the challenge of getting the box each…

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Quinoa and Roasted Beet Salad

Beets were not something I really ate as a kid. My parents suffered through canned beets and boiled beets and they saw no point in making my brother and I suffer too. I grew up thinking of them similarly to lima beans – one of those gross vegetables that mean parents make their kids eat…

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Ham and Cheddar Pretzel Bites

I’ve loved Top Chef since the beginning and while I don’t have cable anymore, I watch it whenever I get the chance on other people’s televisions. It’s been quite a few seasons so at this point I’m used to the contestants being relatively unknown, even if they’re listed as chef in their own restaurant. So…

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Hummus

I’ve always been a big snacker. Maybe it’s because I’m lazy (ok, of course it’s because I’m lazy) but given the option I will make myself a series of snacks throughout the day rather than making a big meal. This is completely different from how I deal with feeding other people, but when it’s just…

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Pancakes – a good start

Pancakes are always a good beginning. On weekends when I was growing up, my dad would make pancakes. For as long as I can remember my parents’ copy of the Joy of Cooking has opened automatically to the page for pancakes. The spine is broken, the pages are stained with batter and vanilla, occasionally they…

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