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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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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Pimm's Cup (7 of 8)

Pimm’s Cup

Spring was cause for celebration when I lived in the Northeast. When little green stems would start to poke out of the ground, my mom would drag me outside so we could ooh and ahhh over them. On the first sort-of-maybe-warm day I would throw on a skirt or a t-shirt – and then promptly…

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Caesar Piadina (7 of 10)

Caesar Piadina

The chain restaurant I worked at in high school had a secret menu. It wasn’t like the In-N-Out secret menu which everyone kind of knows about. We didn’t publicize it or even publish it anywhere. But if you wanted an “old” menu item, it was probably still on our point-of-sale software and we could get…

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Bloody Mary (6 of 6)

Bloody Mary

In Massachusetts, it’s against the law to order alcohol on Sundays before noon. That was good news for 8-year-old me when my family went out to breakfast since it meant my mom would have to order a virgin Bloody Mary. Sometimes we would be late enough that she could wait until halfway through breakfast for…

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Salad Dressing

Remember the “The Mirror Has Two Faces” with Barbara Streisand and a young-but-adorably-awkward Jeff Bridges? There’s a scene where they’re on their first date and the waiter brings salad and Barbara asks for extra dressing. “I don’t particularly like salad” she says, “I just like the extra dressing.” That’s often how I feel about salad…

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