Recipes

BOOZEY BOURBON MILK TEA

Milk tea is a staple if you live in Southern California. A Taiwanese import, the combination of milky, sweet tea with chewy boba floating around has long been a favorite among teenagers with a sweet-tooth and me. The idea to make it a cocktail came from a matcha whiskey drink I enjoyed at Angel’s Share in New York.  The subtle […]
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STRAWBERRY PISTACHIO BAKED FRENCH TOAST

There are a few ingredients that I genuinely believe improve almost anything. Pistachios is one of them. I’m trying to find the words to describe pistachio’s flavor – nutty, obviously, rich, maybe a touch of cherry or a floral note? There’s just something special about it. I especially love them paired with strawberries, so here we are, with my strawberry […]
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HENRY’S SIMPLE SNICKERDOODLES

My brother Henry has a laser focus on food that I will never have. He brings his engineer’s mind to recipes, testing and retesting, calibrating recipes until he gets what he considers perfection. He’s done this with milkshakes, pizza, fried chicken, and now snickerdoodles, or as he lovingly calls them, “Snicky Ds.” The bar for snickerdoodles is the one at […]
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My Favorite Mexican Breakfast

There are few things I love more than a decadent breakfast in bed. This week i’m inspired by (aka yearning for) my favorite Mexican breakfast treats – Mezcal Cocktails, the best breakfast coffee, and Cocos Frescos plus Huevos Motuleños and Pastelitos! The breakfast beverage is an art, and I’m making two because you can’t have a morning cocktail without a coffee first! […]
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VIOLET HOUR

Who hasn’t wanted to drunkenly tell Harrison Ford, “I’ve got a head for business, and a bod for sin”?  Working Girl, if you haven’t seen it, is a fantastic movie, following Melanie Griffiths rise from Jersey secretary to Manhattan business woman. Sigourney Weaver is the villain, Harrison Ford is the love interest, 80s Alec Baldwin chest hair plays her skeevy […]
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DARK CHOCOLATE VELVET MOUSSE

I have a joke about dessert menus. Not really a joke, more of an observation that is usually met with tacit, polite laughter. When a menu has a chocolate option and a doughnut option, and then a fruit option, there’s no way they actually make the fruit option. They have it on the menu to round it out, but no […]
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HARISSA ROASTED CARROTS WITH CHICKPEAS + HERBS

Roasted carrots caramelize and become almost as sweet as candy, roasted chickpeas get crunchy and addictive like potato chips.  Combined with a north African chili rub, these textures and flavors are fantastic together. INGREDIENTS For 4 12 carrots (one bunch) 1 tablespoon harissa 1 cup chickpeas, dried or from the can and drained and rinsed 1/4 cup olive oil 2 […]
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THOMAS FAMILY FRENCH FRIES + SECRET SAUCE

For my entire life my dad has been serving up plates of his glorious french fries. They’re perfect. Deep golden and crisp on the outside, fluffy and soft on the inside, with flecks of salt punctuating the fat. Whenever my mom needed a pick me up, I’d hear her softly call from her bed, “Brennie, can you make us some […]
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CHICKEN MOLE SANDWICH

It just occurred to me that this might be the Mexican version of the day after Thanksgiving sandwich.  Mole is a classic Mexican sauce, invented by the nuns of Pueblo (though some other cities lay claim to it as well) to honor a bishop visiting their parish.  It’s made with odds and ends, which only adds to the mysteriousness of […]
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