Recipes

VEGAN CHEESE BOARD

Food should be nourishing and delicious. It sounds simple, right? With sweets especially, it can be so hard to find treats that are as good to eat as they are for you. My friend Laurel, the baker behind the grain-free and refined-sugar-free (and sometimes vegan) goodness known as Sweet Laurel Bakery, has shared some of her simplest and most satisfying […]
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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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ICE CREAM : 2 RECIPES X 12 WAYS

Homemade ice cream can be a pretty intimidating affair. You’re making a custard, you’re using special equipment, you have to make it ahead of time. It’s definitely a thing. But the results can be wonderful and completely unexpected. Mixing and matching flavors like a frozen dessert alchemist, you can create scoops that are entirely geared towards your palette. Once you […]
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PASTA AGLIO OLIO

Pasta Aglio Olio is a flirty dish to serve, at least, this is definitely true in the film Chef. I love this scene, where Jon Favreau is cooking up something wonderful for Scarlett Johansen, and after making this pasta for myself, I have to agree with Scarlett’s character, “Sigh.” When pasta is perfect, you don’t really need words, just noises […]
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THE NEROLI

My friend Jason Neroni is the king of flipping flavors and creating something new. At his restaurant, Catch and Release, he does just that all over the menu (everything bagel dusted burrata, for instance).  My favorite moment of his evil genius is in the form of The Neroni, a playful twist on a negroni, with the addition of pistachio infused […]
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Summer watermelon “cake”

I stumbled across this idea on Pinterest and at first thought, “What a mean trick.” Imagine cutting into what you think is an epic cake, but it happens to be fruit. That’s like the house that hands out toothbrushes on halloween. But then, in the middle of summer when I was baking in stuffy kitchen, I thought of this “cake” […]
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ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

My brother Henry is deeply passionate about his ice cream sandwiches. He demands a chewy, tender cookie (preferably warm) and an abundance of excellent ice cream. None of this sticking-to-you-finger crap of the vending machine ice cream sandwiches. Inspired by Henry’s one true love, I came up with this easy method, for creating a dozen ice cream sandwiches in a […]
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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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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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