Recipes

COCONUT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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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DIY CACTUS COOKIE GARDEN

Growing up, my mom used to make me ridiculous birthday cakes from the Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book. One year it was a Koala, the next was an above ground swimming pool, dolly cakes were common place – they were these remarkable feats of ingenuity without technical skill. It was box cake and frosting held together with candy and […]
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ZUCCHINI PASTA WITH PESTO

Don’t you just love it when something good for you tastes wonderful? Yes, I added cheese and olive oil, but still, baby steps. Zucchini “pasta” has been a pasta sub forever, and with good reason.  It’s tender/toothsome quality, plus its absorbency makes it a great stand in for pasta. The thing to look out for though, is over cooking it. […]
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CLASSIC CROQUE MONSIEUR WITH ROMAINE SALAD

I was prattling on about my love of Nancy Meyer’s films until my husband and his brother interrupted that they had never seen her movies. They had a vague memory of her movie posters, the stylish yet accessible while keeping it together/falling apart heroines, and those chirpy, bright soundtracks. I could understand them missing The Holiday or Something’s Gotta Give, […]
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ALFAJORES

Alfajores, alfajores, alfajores.  Have you had them? You would know if you did.  They would haunt your dreams like La Llorona, wailing at you, ” Devorame…devorame.” These delicious little sandwich cookies are popular all over latin America, but particularly so in Argentina.  Two tender, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies filled with rich and gooey dulce de leche, rolled in […]
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SHARK ATTACK COCKTAIL

Duh Duh. Duh Duh. It’s crazy how those two notes can make you want to stay on the sand while your friends are off frolicking in the waves.  Jaws is still one of those movies that strikes terror into swimmers every summer, standing the test of time – which in the horror genre, is no easy feat. The film’s minimalism, […]
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CHOUX A LA CREME GLACEE // ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

High society, a drunken rehearsal dinner, tabloid reporters, wedding hangovers, a last minute twist, and the word “yar,” are some of the reasons why The Philadelphia Story is one of my all time favorite films.  It’s no surprise that it’s directed by George Cukor, known as the women’s director during the Hollywood’s golden era. He had a way with directing […]
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THE HURRICANE COCKTAIL

And now the Bob Dylan anthem is rattling in my head, forcing my toe to percussively tap to its beat.  The song has nothing to do with this cocktail, but the force and thrust of its rhythm feels right. Don’t let the saturated tropical colors of this cocktail fool you: it’s a mean one.  Originally created as a cheap and […]
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LEMON FLOWER ICE CREAM

My favorite author, Alexandre Dumas, was also an exceptional cook and epicure, food was his “Ingres’ Violin.” I picked up this phrase recently, referring to a person who is known for one talent but is so exceptional at another unrelated talent they could be equally well known for the second if not for the first. It’s inspired by the French […]
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