Recipes

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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THE C & O COCKTAIL

Named for the wonderful C&O restaurant in Charlottesville where I first had this cocktail, this drink has a little bit of everything. Campari – a booze trend I’m seeing everywhere now – soaked in coffee beans and chiles de arbol, with bourbon and Carpano Antica vermouth sounds like an oddball mix, but the flavors are deep and rich, and feel […]
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CHOCOLATIEST ALMOND MILK EVER

My love of chocolate is the least mysterious thing about me. I so obviously love it. And when I try to be good and cut down on the sweets a bit, well, I turn into a crazy person who becomes consumed by my monstrous need for chocolate. So, what’s a girl to do? Well, I started playing around with chocolate […]
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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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GOOD MORNING SMOOTHIE

The colors in this smoothie just make me happy.  That sunny, egg yolk, perfect marigold color of a cartoon sun just shouts “Good morning!” This is a smoothie filled with vitamins, acids, and beta carotene, anti-oxidants, and all kinds of good stuff for you. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS For 2 12-ounce smoothies 2 cups almond coconut milk 2 frozen bananas, peeled and […]
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