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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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FATTOUSH SALAD

A traditional Levantine salad, Fattoush usually includes stale pita and sumac, a tart spice.  But in the interest of keeping it light, and not having to hunt down an ingredient like sumac, I kept it simple.  If you want a more authentic experience, add sumac and dried or fried pita chips; but as is, you have a fresh, bright salad, […]
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BAKED EGG CROSTATA

I seem to always have extra pie dough hanging around the house, and every now and then I don’t feel like pie. I know, I know, how could this be? But I guess there is such a thing as too much pie. So with this extra pie dough, and no appetite for pie, I looked at what else I had […]
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CHICKEN MOLE SANDWICH

It just occurred to me that this might be the Mexican version of the day after Thanksgiving sandwich.  Mole is a classic Mexican sauce, invented by the nuns of Pueblo (though some other cities lay claim to it as well) to honor a bishop visiting their parish.  It’s made with odds and ends, which only adds to the mysteriousness of […]
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DECONSTRUCTED FALAFEL SALAD

Falafel is one of my favorite meals. Crispy, fresh, and usually wedged between bright pickles, creamy tahini, and fluffy pita – it’s all about layering textures and flavors for the perfect combination. I took that idea out of the pita and into the salad bowl, and simplified things by using crispy fried chickpeas rather than balls of falafel. I’m pretty […]
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GREENEST GREEN JUICE

The farthest I’ve gotten with a juice cleanse is about 8 hours. Lame, I know, but I’ve resigned myself to the fact that juice is just a delicious breakfast and snack for me. There’s something about a glass of green juice that just revives. I love this blend for all of the bright herbs, refreshing cucumber, and a hint of […]
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THE GREEN MARY

I’m new to the whole Bloody Mary thing, as I’m not really into tomato juice, but I love the idea of a savory cocktail. The key is balance and liberal heat. So in celebration of St. Patty’s, I thought a green take on the hungover brunch classic was in order. In this version I lose the tomatoes and include an […]
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CLASSIC CROQUE MONSIEUR WITH ROMAINE SALAD

I was prattling on about my love of Nancy Meyer’s films until my husband and his brother interrupted that they had never seen her movies. They had a vague memory of her movie posters, the stylish yet accessible while keeping it together/falling apart heroines, and those chirpy, bright soundtracks. I could understand them missing The Holiday or Something’s Gotta Give, […]
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PASTA AGLIO OLIO

Pasta Aglio Olio is a flirty dish to serve, at least, this is definitely true in the film Chef. I love this scene, where Jon Favreau is cooking up something wonderful for Scarlett Johansen, and after making this pasta for myself, I have to agree with Scarlett’s character, “Sigh.” When pasta is perfect, you don’t really need words, just noises […]
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SPAGHETTI + MEATBALLS + MARTINIS

Movie-wise, romance-wise, comedy-wise, and cookie-wise, The Apartment is one of the best movies ever made. Billy Wilder and IAL Diamond are at their sharp, witty best with the dialog. The scenes just sizzle and snap until you realize the camera hasn’t moved for a full minute and here you are still entirely engrossed. The story follows your classic everyman underdog, […]
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