Recipes

SPICY STRAWBERRY MARGARITAS

Spicy margaritas and strawberry margaritas are two of my favorite cocktails – especially when they’re freshly made and not too sweet. So when I ordered a spicy strawberry mezcal cocktail in Mexico City during my recent trip, it hit me that I had never tried combining those two perfect things before. Inspired by that fresh, tart, barely sweet, and mildly […]
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RAINBOW SPRING ROLLS

There’s nothing mind-altering about these salad rolls, but the rainbow of color gives these rolls a fabulous, psychedelic color palette that’s as fun as it is delicious. The trick is to get vegetables are saturated in color as possible – so think bright purples, verdant greens, hot pinks, intense yellows. The vibrant ingredients will add a big impact to the […]
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ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

My brother Henry is deeply passionate about his ice cream sandwiches. He demands a chewy, tender cookie (preferably warm) and an abundance of excellent ice cream. None of this sticking-to-you-finger crap of the vending machine ice cream sandwiches. Inspired by Henry’s one true love, I came up with this easy method, for creating a dozen ice cream sandwiches in a […]
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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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