Recipes

LAVENDER LEMON ICE

Do you remember those frozen lemonades at the amusement park? They came with a straw with a little spoon at the end, and you’d sip the melted lemonade from the straw, and then scoop the leftover ice? Well, this, along with mouth puckering Sicilian granita, are the inspirations for this easy dessert/cocktail.  No ice cream machine, no fuss, just an […]
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POPCORN THREE WAYS

It wasn’t until I visited a dive bar in Berkeley called The Graduate with my friend Christie and her law school friends that I discovered freshly popped popcorn with Sriracha and table salt.  It was so simple, it led me to imagine some popcorn recipes of my own.  I don’t like going too crazy with my popcorn, so I made […]
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PIZZA CROQUETAS

If you’ve ever been to a tapas bar, croquetas are the things you eat an embarrassment of. They’re crunchy and a bit gooey, but mostly they’re made of my favorite thing: bechamel. Bechamel is a creamy white sauce, a mother sauce that turns into mac and cheese, gratin, and yes, croquetas. To really put these little heavenly bites over the […]
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TOASTED COCONUT SORBET

This is technically a sorbet, but it’s as close to a dairy free ice cream as I’ve gotten.  The key is in the high fat content of the coconut cream, letting the sorbet freeze in the ice cream machine until it’s almost completely set (this ensures smaller, tighter ice crystals and a creamier texture), and layering in rich flavors like […]
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3 EASY VEGETABLE DIPS

During the summer, I love meals made up of a bottle of wine and a platter of loveliness. This usually means cheese and charcuterie, but today I’m experimenting with fresh vegetable dips and produce. All of these dips are incredibly easy to whip up, and are the perfect canvasses to introduce your favorite flavors. I used to get so upset […]
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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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ADULT ICED TEA

Uh oh, dangerous drink coming at you.  Every time I’ve sipped this drink myself, or handed one to a friend, it is gone in a matter of seconds.  It’s light, refreshing, and tastes exactly like iced tea.  The only problem? It’s super boozey, so please try to sip slowly. This is the perfect hot weather drink that even gin haters […]
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FUN WITH COTTON CANDY!

I love that cotton candy has become a food trend – popping up on pinterest boards, instagram photos, and even on some inventive menus. It’s the perfect cross section of nostalgic and ephemeral. It sticks to your fingers if you hold it too long and dissolves on your tongue instantly. There’s a reason why fairy floss is the perfect name […]
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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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HOMEMADE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

These are the ultimate make-ahead dessert. Bake some cookies, stick a little ice cream between them, and leave them in the freezer until you want to eat them. You can get extra credit for making your own ice cream, but in a pinch, I just buy my favorite flavors from the local ice cream shop. My favorite part are the […]
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