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Thai Salad Dressing

I try to clean out my fridge at least once a month, to sort out what’s still edible and unearth the things that got shoved in the back. And every time I go through this process, whether it’s been two weeks or two months since I last took an inventory, there is inevitably a jar…

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Strawberry Pie | The Year of Pie

We’re spoiled out here with the first crop of strawberries arriving around late April. I always reserve the first few weeks for just eating them straight out of the carton but that means by May I’m starting to think about what else I can do with them. And since last month we gave rhubarb its…

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Gyro Skewers

When I was a kid, it was called schwarma because it came mostly from Middle Eastern restaurants. And then when I spent a college semester in Australia it was called doner kebab, the Turkish name. And now in San Francisco they’re mostly called gyros, even if the place where you get it isn’t Greek. For…

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Fish Tacos

At some point in the last few weeks I came across a listicle equating states with the foods they are best known for, or something like that. California’s chosen food was the fish taco. Now, I’ll agree that California makes excellent tacos and we have a lot of them. And I’m sure that Los Angeles…

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Rhubard Custard Pie | The Year of Pie

If you were not really into Little House on the Prairie books when you were little, then you might not remember that in the seventh book in the series (you know, Little Town on the Prairie) where Laura makes a pie out of pie plant. She forgets to add sugar, serves it, and only realizes her mistake when…

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Greek Shrimp Farro Bowl

In the summer time, when the weather would get too hot, sometimes my mom and I would blow off everything and head to the beach for the day. We’d stop on the way at a sub shop to grab lunch. Sometimes we’d grab sandwiches at a local chain in town before getting on the highway, sometimes…

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Chana Masala

Indian food is a pretty common option when you’re a vegetarian. I ate a lot of it during high school and college, when I wasn’t eating meat. There was the buffet near my hometown, located in a strip mall off the highway, where I spent a number of weekend lunches because it was had some…

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Spicy Cabbage Pitas

A few months ago my brother-in-law visited and I made dinner for him. I don’t remember exactly what I made, but I do remember he was impressed that I’d made a meal with multiple parts on a weeknight. The meals he makes at home for his family, he noted, are generally one-pan affairs. I kind…

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Chicken and Biscuits Pie | The Year of Pie

When I originally came up with the Year of Pie, making a chicken pot pie was an obvious choice. Except for one serious issue: I’ve already written about a few chicken pies. It’s not that uncommon that I have a general idea without a recipe attached. I took a look at some cookbooks, did a search…

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Creamy Shells and Peas

I love peas. Like, a lot. So much that it’s a problem. The problem is that I don’t often measure when I add frozen peas to a recipe. I just pour until I think there’s enough, and often my definition of enough is too many peas for Jeff. It’s not that he doesn’t like peas….

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