Recipes

THE HURRICANE COCKTAIL

And now the Bob Dylan anthem is rattling in my head, forcing my toe to percussively tap to its beat.  The song has nothing to do with this cocktail, but the force and thrust of its rhythm feels right. Don’t let the saturated tropical colors of this cocktail fool you: it’s a mean one.  Originally created as a cheap and […]
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LEMON FLOWER ICE CREAM

My favorite author, Alexandre Dumas, was also an exceptional cook and epicure, food was his “Ingres’ Violin.” I picked up this phrase recently, referring to a person who is known for one talent but is so exceptional at another unrelated talent they could be equally well known for the second if not for the first. It’s inspired by the French […]
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5 MAKE AHEAD SALADS

Confession: I hate salad. Leafy greens depress me. I usually eat all of the “stuff” in a salad, leaving the greens until the end, and then heavily sigh as I try to clean my plate. So when it comes to eating a little healthier for lunch, I struggle. I feel compelled to order a salad but resent having to eat […]
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ADULT LEMONADE

I always serve a cocktail parties, and that usually means I end up hiding out in the kitchen, fussing over individual cocktails for each guest, emerging at least partially covered in spilled booze. It’s not great, but the cocktails are actually tasty. During the summer, I’m over it. I want to socialize, I want to stay dry, I want a […]
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MY FAVORITE EASY FOURTH OF JULY APPETIZERS

Whether you’re looking for something poolside and simple or a more elegant appetizer situation, these three recipes have you covered. I love July 4th, and to me, this is definitely a holiday you want to spend outside watching fireworks rather than inside prepping plates of appetizers. So I put together three of my favorite go-to appetizers (they’re either ridiculously simple […]
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HEIRLOOM TOMOATO SALAD

So few things are perfect exactly as they come – but peak of the season summer produce are about as simply perfect as you can get. Their flavor is already fully realized, their textures ripe, their colors and juices bursting. When they’re at their best, I can eat a personal watermelon in one sitting. Honestly, a touch of acid, salt, […]
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STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE CAKE

This baby pink concoction might seem like an odd choice for my husband’s birthday cake, a husband who is half bear and half lumber jack outwardly, but Jonah Hill’s character from Money Ball on the inside. I wasn’t even sure if he liked strawberry milkshakes (he doesn’t, but loves this cake). But this frosting was so good, so spoonable, so bottom […]
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ICE CREAM : 2 RECIPES X 12 WAYS

Homemade ice cream can be a pretty intimidating affair. You’re making a custard, you’re using special equipment, you have to make it ahead of time. It’s definitely a thing. But the results can be wonderful and completely unexpected. Mixing and matching flavors like a frozen dessert alchemist, you can create scoops that are entirely geared towards your palette. Once you […]
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PASTA AGLIO OLIO

Pasta Aglio Olio is a flirty dish to serve, at least, this is definitely true in the film Chef. I love this scene, where Jon Favreau is cooking up something wonderful for Scarlett Johansen, and after making this pasta for myself, I have to agree with Scarlett’s character, “Sigh.” When pasta is perfect, you don’t really need words, just noises […]
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THE NEROLI

My friend Jason Neroni is the king of flipping flavors and creating something new. At his restaurant, Catch and Release, he does just that all over the menu (everything bagel dusted burrata, for instance).  My favorite moment of his evil genius is in the form of The Neroni, a playful twist on a negroni, with the addition of pistachio infused […]
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