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ALBONDIGAS SOUP

Albondigas is my favorite Spanish word to say: al-BOHN-dee-gahs! Say it with meaning! It means meatballs. Less fun to say in English, definitely.  When I was last in Mexico, I had the pleasure of enjoying albondigas con salsa roja, or meatballs with red sauce. The red sauce was a mysterious mix of chiles and tomato, and the meatballs were small, […]
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TOMATO JAM GRILLED CHEESE

Jam and cheese sandwiches are a thing in England, and they ought be a thing here, too. You’re basically taking a cheeseboard and putting it between two slices of bread. For this version, I thought it would be fun to play around with tomato jam, especially as they’re just starting to get into season. The jam is lovely and surprising […]
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END OF SUMMER SALAD

Well, it’s here. Or I guess we’re a little past it.  It’s the end of summer.  Not that you can tell.  The afternoon sun still turns my car into an incubator, and the backs of my knees and small of my back are still uncomfortably damp after sitting at my desk all morning.  But, the sun is setting almost imperceptibly […]
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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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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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THE GRILLED EVERYTHING BURGER // VIDEO

Because why not?  You’re already adding smokey seared loveliness to the burger, why not add it to everything on top of the burger as well? This idea is super simple, and so is the execution.  Feel free to add your own bells and whistles to this subtle twist on a classic.  Also, butter the bun. You’re welcome. Note: If you […]
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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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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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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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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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