Roast Beef Salad (5 of 8)

Roast Beef Salad

On Friday night we sat on the living room floor and played video games. We left the dishes unwashed and the laundry unfolded. We didn’t tidy up. Instead we rummaged through a box of random cords and wires to find the game controller that would let us play Super Mario Bros 3. Several hours were…

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Asparagus Pesto (7 of 7)

Asparagus Pesto

It’s only the middle of April but we’re deep into asparagus season around here. For the past month, our weekly CSA box has included a bundle of the elusive green stalks. The first week, I roasted it with just oil and salt and the second week I did the same. But I don’t particularly enjoy…

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Chile Lemon Almonds (6 of 6)

Chile Lemon Almonds

One of the things I love most about San Francisco is the year round farmer’s markets. The city is full of them – big markets open on the weekends but small collections of stalls pop up in different neighborhoods throughout the week. They sell fruits and vegetables but also eggs, juices, and snacks. Some sellers…

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Potato Wedges and Sweet Chili Sauce (8 of 9)

Potato Wedges and Sweet Chili Sauce

I was a pescetarian while studying abroad in Australia, which was a tricky business. Living on a small campus, and in an area that was largely suburban, there weren’t a lot of non-meat options and the most popular dishes were burgers, steak sandwiches, and meat pies. It wasn’t exactly vegetarian friendly and I ended up…

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Truffles (8 of 10)

Bourbon Chocolate Truffles

Every year around Valentine’s Day Jeff comes home with a Scotchmallow from the See’s Candy pop-up store that sets up in his office. Despite the fact that we both know it’s not my favorite candy, it’s still the perfect thing every time he brings it out of his bag for me. I mean, the man…

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Mustard and Lemon Roasted Chicken (8 of 8)

Mustard and Lemon Roasted Chicken

If you were to take a look around my fridge on any given day you would probably be surprised by the number of condiments that occupy the shelves. There are a few half finished jars of jam, horseradish, chutneys, bits of vinaigrette that haven’t quite been used up yet, and an assortment of odds and…

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Broccoli and Bacon (8 of 9)

Broccoli and Bacon Salad

Everyone had a dinner chore in my parent’s house. My mom cooked, my dad cleaned, my brother emptied the dishwasher, and I made salad. I’m not sure how and why salad got sliced off the dinner cooking, or how I escaped more boring chores like setting the table, but every night I made salad. Sometimes…

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Unstuffed Cabbage (5 of 7)

Unstuffed Cabbage

There is something wonderfully comforting about intricately handmade food. Steaming bowls of hand-formed dumplings, bowls of fat homemade tortellini, lemony-bright hand-stuffed grape leaves. The kind of food you only make on holidays or those special occasions when you can spend a whole day in the kitchen painstakingly rolling every piece. And then all the other…

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Baked Squash and Meat Sauce (8 of 8)

Baked Squash with Meat Sauce (Kaddo Bourani)

The sad truth about a lot of European-style food, which let’s admit is a lot of what Americans eat, is that there isn’t a lot of mixing of sweet and savory. Sure, we’ll go in for the salted caramel desserts but rarely for sugar in the main course. But that’s too bad for us because…

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Latkes

Don’t be like me. Don’t be the kind of person who only makes latkes (or potato pancakes if you’d rather) during December. There’s no reason crisply fried potatoes-and-onions-and-other-root-vegetables should be relegated to a single month of the year. Every year I make these for the first time and think – ‘wow, I need to make…

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