Recipes

THANKSGIVING LEFTOVER HAND PIES

Hand pies, or pasties as I know them, are part of the bedrock of Australian cuisine. Being half Australian, I grew up eating these by the handful, with plenty of curried ketchup on the side. My mom would bake dozens of these for dinner parties, always playing with the flavor profile. Cheese and spinach one night, beef with peas and […]
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THANKSGIVING H’ORS D’UEVRES

God, she’s beautiful. As far as opening lines in movies go, this is one of my favorites. At a crowded Thanksgiving party in an apartment, Michael Caine’s London accent narrates the scene: She’s got the prettiest eyes, and she looks so sexy in that sweater.  I just want to be alone with her and hold her and kiss her and tell her how […]
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POTATO LEEK GRATIN

Cold, wet weather reminds me of my days skipping school with my mom. She would tell my siblings and I, “You can’t go outside – you’re made of sugar and you’ll melt!” and that was that. We were good students, so she’d let us take those kind of liberties as long as there wasn’t a test that day. Also, I’m […]
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FALL SANGRIA

Sangria is usually designated as a summer time drink, it is wine with ice cubes in it after all, but I love it in the fall. Imagine mulled wine, but a little sexier, and definitely served before dinner as an aperitif. This recipe is one of my favorites, using seasonal fruit like apples and pears, and instead of classic red […]
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TINA’S PUMPKIN PECAN PIE

I’m thankful for my Aunt Tina’s pies.  They’re the kind of pies that sticky fingered children would steal out of window sills. This pie is the centerpiece of all of our Thanksgiving celebrations: it’s spicy and rich, but not heavy, and has a brown sugar butter pecan topping. It’s perfect.  The pumpkin filling is light, not overly dense and thick, […]
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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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VEGAN + GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM

Gluten Free/Vegan baking can conjure up images of cardboard dry cakes and “buttercream” interpretations that simply don’t come close to the real thing.  And here’s the reason why: You can’t replace butter. Trying to recreate ingredients leads to hyped up expectations and definitely some disappointments.  You know what works? Using great ingredients that have a ton of flavor. That way, […]
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MY FIVE FAVORITE SANDWICHES

Sandwiches are the perfect food, to me. There’s something about an excellent sandwich that is innately satisfying – every flavor and texture gets a moment. For today’s video, I made some of my favorite sandwiches inspired by the best ones I’ve had recently, including some delicious and fresh vegetarian options. What’s your favorite sandwich? Enjoy! INGREDIENTS (BAGUETTE, CHIVE BUTTER, ARUGULA, […]
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