Recipes

PERFECTLY BAKED BRIE FOR TWO

Dishes are not romantic. And cooking for an afternoon, at least for me, is not particularly romantic either. But pretending that cheese and bread is a meal? If your partner is on board with this, you know it’s love. I love cheese as a main course, and baked brie is so wonderfully decadent, such a perfect on-the-couch indulgence. Served with […]
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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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YUZU SHORTBREAD COOKIES

The simple sweetness of shortbread cookies make them a fantastic canvas for additional flavors. Spices, florals, honestly almost anything, can be folded into these tender, delicious cookies. Today I thought it would be fun to add my favorite bright and savory flavor, usually found in sushi: yuzukosho. If you haven’t had it, yuzukosho is a Japanese paste made from fresh […]
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STRAWBERRY ROSE SMOOTHIE

Remember how milk always came in three flavors? Plain, chocolate, and strawberry? Well, this is inspired by that adorably sweet pink drink that was one of my favorites growing up. As an adult, I’m trying not to indulge in my childhood love of sugar + dye, so here is a healthy option, loaded with fresh strawberries, immune boosting raw honey, […]
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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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PISTACHIO ROSE LAYER CAKE

Food should be nourishing and delicious. It sounds simple, right? With sweets especially, it can be so hard to find treats that are as good to eat as they are for you. My friend Laurel, the baker behind the grain-free and refined-sugar-free (and sometimes vegan) goodness known as Sweet Laurel Bakery, has shared some of her simplest and most satisfying […]
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PRETTY LADY LEMONADE

Melon and rose is not only a sexy sounding combination, but it’s also a beautifying combination.  Rosewater, an ancient Persian tincture, is celebrated for its toning and moisturizing properties and when combined with the beta-carotene from the cantaloupe, Pretty Lady Lemonade becomes exactly that. INGREDIENTS For 5 cups 1/2 cup meyer lemon juice (about 3 meyer lemons), fresh squeezed or […]
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EGGS IN A BASKET

Every time I try to write about a meal inspired by a favorite movie of mine this early in the New Year, I feel compelled to feature a fabulous make-over. “New Year, New You” rattles around my head this time of year, when most of us decide that this is the year to really give Soul Cycle a committed try, […]
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