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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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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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GREEN THAI WRAPS

Thai cuisine has that enviably sexy blend of spicy, sweet, and tart all at once, plus a little umami just to keep it interesting.  The flavors are never muddled, always vibrant and purposeful.  What a lovely palette to choose from! For these wraps, I kept it simple.  You can add anything you like to it, practically, and if you don’t […]
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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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BRISKET BAHN MI BURGER

The Bahn Mi is one of my favorite sandwiches.  Rich grilled meat topped with fresh vegetables, surrounded by a French loaf with mayo and hot sauce – beautiful.  So why not take these same flavors and try them with a burger?  I love the fattiness of brisket with the fresh, crisp flavors of raw carrot, cucumber, and cilantro.  Enjoy! HOW […]
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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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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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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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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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