Lemon Thyme Cookies (3 of 8)

Lemon Thyme Sugar Cookies

Lately, I spend my Wednesday nights searching for cookie recipes. It’s become something of a ritual. I pull cookbooks off the shelves, pile them up on the table, or around the couch, or on the bed, and then begin flipping. There are a lot of requirements. It has to be different from the ones I…

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Peach Barbecue Sauce (4 of 7)

Peach Barbecue Sauce

The text message I got read “Come over for magazine Sunday.” I know what that means. My neighbors will have gathered at their picnic table with some coffee, various snacks, and a stack of magazines. There will be copies of the New Yorker, someone doing a NYTimes crossword, a few random issues of something like…

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Chocolate Sorbet (6 of 9)

Chocolate Sorbet

Sometimes you just need a hug. Last week was pretty much like that except that people I needed to hug all live on the East Coast, near or in the city of Boston. There’s a lot to love about living in San Francisco but when tragic things happen, the distance between the coasts feel even…

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Brisket-Style Slow Cooker Beef

If my goal here were to improve my skills at naming dishes this one might be a failure. The only thing brisket-like about this dish is the sauce I put on it and you’d only know that if my mother’s brisket was your benchmark for brisket. But when I was searching for a way to…

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There are two basic types of cornbread: Southern and non-Southern. True Southern cornbread is dense and unsweetened –so I’ve been told – and is made to be eaten ‘with things’ (gravy, honey, take your pick). Non-Southern cornbread is generally sweet and sort of cake-like, meant to be enjoyed on its own. Both have their merits…

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

Unlike most people, I actually kind of enjoyed the meal plan food I ate in college. Not everything was a slam dunk but a good 90% of it was better than just ‘edible’ and there are some things I’m still kind of nostalgic for. In terms of desserts, there were two winners. One was what…

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