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THANKSGIVING H’ORS D’UEVRES

God, she’s beautiful. As far as opening lines in movies go, this is one of my favorites. At a crowded Thanksgiving party in an apartment, Michael Caine’s London accent narrates the scene: She’s got the prettiest eyes, and she looks so sexy in that sweater.  I just want to be alone with her and hold her and kiss her and tell her how […]
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5 MAKE AHEAD SALADS

Confession: I hate salad. Leafy greens depress me. I usually eat all of the “stuff” in a salad, leaving the greens until the end, and then heavily sigh as I try to clean my plate. So when it comes to eating a little healthier for lunch, I struggle. I feel compelled to order a salad but resent having to eat […]
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CHINESE FIVE SPICE TURKEY

Ah, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal. Also the most stressful part of the Thanksgiving meal.  If you want to cook the whole bird – and I get it, it looks awesome – there are a few tips and tricks you can implement to get the best turkey you can roast. 1. Brine. First, the brine.  Why brine? Well, brining […]
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CRISPY BREAKFAST POTATOES

I don’t think I’ve met a potato I haven’t at least grudgingly devoured, as long as there was salt and pepper nearby. Potatoes are my comfort food. If I have a stomach ache, french fries will fix it. So these smashed, fried, and garlicky potatoes are an instant favorite for me. They’re especially good under a few fried eggs. Enjoy! […]
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3 EASY VEGETABLE DIPS

During the summer, I love meals made up of a bottle of wine and a platter of loveliness. This usually means cheese and charcuterie, but today I’m experimenting with fresh vegetable dips and produce. All of these dips are incredibly easy to whip up, and are the perfect canvasses to introduce your favorite flavors. I used to get so upset […]
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SUMMER CROSTINI

There’s still a bit of summer left (unless you’re already back-to-school!) which means the farmer’s market is a little more spectacular than usual. At the start of the season there’s an amazing cross section of spring/summer, and those odd outliers that pop up much too early or cling on for dear life through the seasons. I was planning on re-making […]
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MY FIVE FAVORITE SANDWICHES

Sandwiches are the perfect food, to me. There’s something about an excellent sandwich that is innately satisfying – every flavor and texture gets a moment. For today’s video, I made some of my favorite sandwiches inspired by the best ones I’ve had recently, including some delicious and fresh vegetarian options. What’s your favorite sandwich? Enjoy! INGREDIENTS (BAGUETTE, CHIVE BUTTER, ARUGULA, […]
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FALAFEL

You know those warring Philly Cheese Steak spots across the street from each other in Philadelphia? Well, welcome to the French version, falafel-style. On this narrow street in the Marais, falafel joints compete for your affections, but L’As Dus Fallafel won my heart in the end. Literally my best bite in Paris and only 5 euro.  This blend of crunchy, […]
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HEIRLOOM TOMOATO SALAD

So few things are perfect exactly as they come – but peak of the season summer produce are about as simply perfect as you can get. Their flavor is already fully realized, their textures ripe, their colors and juices bursting. When they’re at their best, I can eat a personal watermelon in one sitting. Honestly, a touch of acid, salt, […]
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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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