Recipes

ORANGE BLOSSOM

A mimosa is grand an all, but sometimes you want something with a little more oomph. The Orange Blossom does just that. Adding a bit of gin for bite and chamomile rosemary syrup, this low key drink works equally well for brunch as it does for evening cocktails. Plus, the little chamomile flowers are just too pretty.  INGREDIENTS 1 ounce […]
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CUCUMBER MELON SALAD

This is the salad equivalent to frozen grapes: super refreshing, your last chance against a hot summer day. The cool fruit combined with refreshing mint is enough, but with a bright honey/lime combo and some habanero, it’s exactly what you need when you’re sweating buckets. This works with literally ANY other fruit, by the way, so get creative with it!  […]
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OHIO LEMON PIE

My favorite cookbook in my entire vintage cookbook collection (it’s not anything too impressive, but I’ve accumulated about 2 dozen at this point) is The Shaker Cookbook: Not by Bread Alone by Caroline B. Piercy. Here’s the thing about A LOT of vintage cookbooks: they weren’t edited that well.  Sometimes you’ll find that the recipes haven’t been tested at all, […]
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SALAD BINGO

Salad fatigue is a thing, people. I try to eat leafy greens often, but coming up with new ideas for serving them can be a challenge. Then it occurred to me that every salad I whip together has more or less the same five elements (greens, protein, nuts, veggies, dressing). So here’s a helpful little grid with some of my […]
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CITRUS SPRITZER

Spritzers have the same rep as “Blush Wine” – lame 80s mom drink. Why? Well, it’s sort of a light weight choice. But here’s the thing, that’s not always bad.  Sometimes, when it’s really really hot, you just want something easy, refreshing, and delicious. It’s like reaching for a Pilsner instead or a microbrewed IPA. There’s a time and place […]
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EASTER QUICHE

Quiche is an Easter classic, and honestly, one of my favorite hostess tricks. I love that is can be made ahead of time, that you can serve it warm or room temp, and that it makes a gorgeous centerpiece for a meal. I went classic with this recipe, doing a variation of a quiche lorraine, with plenty of caramelized onions, […]
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STRAWBERRY PISTACHIO BAKED FRENCH TOAST

There are a few ingredients that I genuinely believe improve almost anything. Pistachios is one of them. I’m trying to find the words to describe pistachio’s flavor – nutty, obviously, rich, maybe a touch of cherry or a floral note? There’s just something special about it. I especially love them paired with strawberries, so here we are, with my strawberry […]
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THE EAST END

Somewhere between a Last Word and an Eastside, the East End blends bright citrus and herb flavors perfectly. This is such a simple, clean cocktail, and always hits the spot. INGREDIENTS 4 slices cucumber 1 ounce lime juice 1 1/2 ounce gin (or infused vodka) 1/2 ounce green chartreuse 1/2 ounce simple syrup DIRECTIONS First add the cucumber slices and […]
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FOCACCIA 4 WAYS

Now that is a sexy situation right there. I mean, damn. It’s almost not right, how good it looks. I mean, focaccia is my favorite for a lot of reasons – but its versatility has to be number one. You can put anything on it, and it’s wonderful. It’s also one of the easiest breads to make, so if you’re […]
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