Recipes

AUNT TINA’S CHECKERBOARD CAKE

I’ve teased my Aunt Tina that her buttermilk cake recipe is the foundation of her cake repertoire, and I’m not wrong. The buttermilk cake is a perfect vanilla cake – moist, not too sweet, and so versatile – so it’s no surprise it has served as the bedrock for most of my aunt’s vintage inspired cakes. In this recipe, it […]
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CITRUS FENNEL TAHINI SALAD

I love creamy dressings. They can take a meh salad and make it feel practically decadent – ok, not really, but definitely more substantive at least. Tahini, for the uninitiated, is a sesame puree that you’ll find in a lot of sauces in the middle east, like hummus.  It’s delicious, and adds a lovely warmth and creaminess to anything it’s […]
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THE TURTLE DOVE

Inspired by the Paloma, which means dove in Spanish, I named this whiskey/grapefruit combination after a dove found in Kentucky – the turtle dove. The bright and slightly bitter grapefruit juice is perfect with the slightly sweet and smokey whiskey.   INGREDIENTS 2 ounces whiskey 1 ounce grapefruit juice 1 teaspoon simple syrup grapefruit bitters dash of vanilla extract DIRECTIONS […]
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CLASSIC TIRAMISU

There’s a little trattoria in a quiet corner of Rome called Da Felice a Testaccio. It’s a local spot, buzzing with all kinds of conversation, where plates of cacio e pepe and roasted lamb over crisp potatoes float past at nose level. It’s been there since 1936, and it feels like it. There’s a simplicity to everything that creates an […]
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PERFECTLY BAKED BRIE FOR TWO

Dishes are not romantic. And cooking for an afternoon, at least for me, is not particularly romantic either. But pretending that cheese and bread is a meal? If your partner is on board with this, you know it’s love. I love cheese as a main course, and baked brie is so wonderfully decadent, such a perfect on-the-couch indulgence. Served with […]
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DARK CHOCOLATE ROSEWATER CAKE POPS

Cake pops! These little bites of heaven are the perfect treat for homemade valentines or for your Gal-entine’s party with your girlfriends. I also love the combination of rosewater and dark chocolate. Not only is it spot-on for Valentine’s Day, it also tastes lovely. The delicate rose flavor elevates the depth of the chocolate, and is a fun twist on […]
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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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CAULIFLOWER LEEK SOUP

Potato leek soup is my favorite comfort soup. It demands a crust of bread to soak everything up, and is best enjoyed on a couch or in bed, but definitely while you’re reclining in some fashion. As a little update to this classic, I swapped the potato for cauliflower, lightening it up. If you must, you can swap the cream […]
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