Recipes

BEVERLY HILLS S’MORES

Summertime immediately conjures up images of the camp fire, jamborees, kumbaya echoing off the trail, and of course, scary stories being told over toasted marshmallows, sandwiched into s’mores. One of the creepiest campfire stories I’ve heard goes like this… It was a cold and rainy day in March. I went to Kristoff’s where I usually get my hair done but […]
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SANGRIA BLANCA

Here’s one of my favorites recipes from my cookbook, The Kitchy Kitchen: sangria blanca! The juicy white peaches and nectarines, along with the strawberries and subtle rose syrup, make this drink a celebration of summer, as the success of the whole thing hinges on the ripeness of the ingredients. I used a torrontes (a South American varietal) instead of a […]
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MY FAVORITE EASY FOURTH OF JULY APPETIZERS

Whether you’re looking for something poolside and simple or a more elegant appetizer situation, these three recipes have you covered. I love July 4th, and to me, this is definitely a holiday you want to spend outside watching fireworks rather than inside prepping plates of appetizers. So I put together three of my favorite go-to appetizers (they’re either ridiculously simple […]
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CHIPOTLE VEGGIE BURGER

Sofrito, depending on where you are, is the base of many many dishes. Typically onion, fat, and a couple of other ingredients, it provides the foundation for other flavors to be layered.  For the base of these veggie burgers, I used an Ecuadorian style sofrito, with onion, toasted garlic, tomatoes, cumin, and cilantro.  The result is a rich and flavorful […]
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THE SMOKEY MANHATTAN

Smokey, sweet and balanced, this manly play on the classic manhattan makes you want to sip it in an old library surrounded by fine leather goods.  At least that’s how I feel about it. INGREDIENTS 1 ounce laphroig (or another very smokey whiskey) 1 ounce rye 1/2 ounce amaro 3 dashes orange bitters orange peel DIRECTIONS Combine the laphroig, rye, […]
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BLUEBERRY AND BOURBON BAKED FRENCH TOAST

Growing up, breakfast was usually my dad’s domain. His famous “googy” eggs (soft boiled eggs) with toast soldiers were a favorite, along with his pancakes that we were allowed to help stir. Most of the breakfasts we enjoyed were thrown together on weekend mornings, with little planning or fuss. But now that I’m an adult, the idea of throwing together […]
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CRUDITES SALAD WITH BUTTERMILK RANCH

Restraint is the essence of elegance to me: discretion versus being a chatterbox; the perfect single accessory instead of and abundance of adornment; it’s having the confidence to demonstrate simplicity when everyone else is making things complicated and pretentious. That is why I love serving crudite platters at dinner parties. Fresh, gorgeous vegetables, served simply. cutting radishes into roses only […]
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JUNK FOOD SMOOTHIES

Junk Food Smoothies are my new favorite thing. I resent diets so much. I went on a juice cleanse once, for eight hours, and by the end of the day I was practically snarling and foaming at the mouth.  Will power is not something I possess in the face of food.  I can muster the strength to say, “No Claire, […]
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FUNFETTI CAKE

In the last few years we’ve had some new additions to our family: Jack, Wolfie, and Marlowe, my little cousins. Thomas family birthday cakes have always been my Aunt Tina’s expertise, and while we usually do devil’s food or mango cake for the adults, for the little ones Tina has gone in a much more festive direction. Funfetti cake! But […]
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