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GREEN GODDESS SALAD + DRESSING

Green Goddess Dressing, though considered a token of late 1970’s cuisine, is actually from the 20’s.  You can tell because of the abundance of tarragon, anchovies and mayonnaise.  The only thing that doesn’t feel 1920’s about it is the absence of a hard boiled egg.  I swear 90% of recipes from the 1920s involve a hard boiled egg. A digression! […]
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PASTRAMI-BRISKET HASH

The Quiet Man is one of those classics that stands firmly with two feet in it’s time period. Like the film itself, showing an Ireland intersecting the modern and the traditional, John Wayne wrestling a kiss out of an uncooperative Maureen O’Hara can feel uncomfortably old fashioned. But, I love this movie, despite its apparent fustiness through a modern lens. […]
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ROASTED PUMPKIN WITH DATES, WALNUTS AND HARISSA

For some reason vegetarian dishes have the reputation for being unsubstantial, but I love making a meal with a thoughtfully composed plate of vegetables.  There are so many directions you can take produce – an endless amount of variations and preparations – and with very little effort, too. This roasted pumpkin dish is inspired by levantine flavors, but switch out […]
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VINTAGE INSPIRED STUFFED MUSHROOMS

Thumbing through a new cookbook, I can’t help but feel anticipation and excitement, especially if I’m thumbing through an old new cookbook – like my newest purchase, The Picnic Book by Nika Hazelton, 1969. Filled with psychedelic illustrations against a jet set backdrop, it’s hard not to be swept away by Hazelton’s world of daytime luncheons across Europe. This recipe […]
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STRAWBERRY TART

What could be more sweet or delicate than a freshly picked strawberry? As a girl, I’d rub them on my lips, pretending they were lipstick, their bright, lip smacking tartness always reminding me of childhood. They’re simply good, and almost refuse adornment. My favorite way to eat strawberries as a little girl was with a spoonful of sugar sprinkled over […]
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PINK DEVILED EGGS

It’s no secret that I love deviled eggs. To me, they’re the perfect hors d’euvres – small, savory, not too filling, and if done properly, bright and flavorful enough to awaken your tastebuds without overloading them. I also find them fabulously retro, but in a much more attractive way than jello salad or ambrosia. Adding a hot pink tint and […]
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BAKED CLAMS ELIZABETH

This is perfect little bite before a meal: warm, savory, and unexpected, it gets your palette working and your face grinning before you even get to the table.  The combination of fresh herbs with aged cheese is fantastic with the smokey, briny flavor of the clams. If you’ve never opened a clam by hand before, have your local fishmonger show […]
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ONE DRESSING, TWO SALADS

Can salad ever be comforting? I’m not really a “salad” person. I can’t order a bowl of leafy greens alone and be happy. Yes, it’s refreshing and tasty, but it can be cold and less than comforting. The weird thing is that I love vegetables. They’re constantly surprising you with their versatility of flavor, texture, and variety. Just walking through […]
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CAULIFLOWER BUFFALO WINGS

Crispy, spicy, sticky buffalo wings are a football game must, especially with a side of creamy dipping sauce (usually blue cheese, but I’m switching it out for ranch). But for todays’ recipe, I’m taking this classic app and making it vegan AND paleo. If you’re not vegan, just switch out the cauliflower for chicken wings and cook for 10 to […]
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CUSTARD SCRAMBLED EGGS

I’ve always been a crispy scrambled eggs person – I love when they get a bit of a golden brown crust on the bottom. But I’ve recently learned to appreciate the beauty of perfectly custard-y scrambled eggs. They’re a bit decadent, and so delicate. On top of some buttered toast with a sprinkling of herbs, they make the perfect bite. […]
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