Recipes

QUINOA “RICE” PUDDING

Rice pudding is one of my favorite comfort food desserts. In France, riz au lait is just as much an art form for grandmas as knitting or lacemaking. The texture must be yielding and tender, the flavor full and mildly sweet, and usually a swirl of thin caramel crests the top. I wanted to create a “weekday” version of this […]
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AVOCADO TOAST

It’s almost silly to have a post dedicated to Avocado Toast. It’s so pervasive out here. It’s on every cafe menu, pops up on everyone’s Instagram feed, it’s practically omnipotent. But unlike cronuts or sweets with bacon in them, this is of a protected status. Simple things hardly ever go out of style, and avocado toast is equivalent to a […]
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DUTCH BABIES

Well, I guess these aren’t really babies, as much as Big Babies, and not Dutch, so much as Deutsch, and honestly, maybe we should just call them North Western Pfannkuchen and call it a day.   Dutch Babies come from the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, meaning, they’re German in origin, and were originally served in muffin tins, much like popovers.  But […]
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BAKED EGG CROSTATA

I seem to always have extra pie dough hanging around the house, and every now and then I don’t feel like pie. I know, I know, how could this be? But I guess there is such a thing as too much pie. So with this extra pie dough, and no appetite for pie, I looked at what else I had […]
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MUDDLED CHERRY MAI TAIS

I went through an intense cocktail phase in my early 20’s. Speakeasies were de rigeuer then, and no bar cart was complete without obscure, single purpose liqueurs and a supply of egg whites at the ready. But I never made it far enough through my catalog of vintage recipes to reach the Tiki explosion – when GIs returning from the […]
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BRUCE’S SPICY CORNBREAD DRESSING

Last year I had two thanksgivings, back to back. My fiance’s family had a Thanksgiving lunch, and a little later my family had an early Thanksgiving dinner.  My family kills it at Thanksgiving. My mom’s stuffing is wonderful, Tina’s pies are next level, and on the whole, we have very high expectations when it comes to Thanksgiving sides.  My intention […]
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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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MOUSSE AU CHOCOLAT

Imagine my surprise when the mousse au chocolate that I ordered from a tiny Parisian bistro came in salad bowl with a giant ladle.  Mousse is one of those things that usually seems ultra prissy.  I always picture in a martini glass with a cookie sticking out of it, or in a personal sized something, covered in raspberries. In broken […]
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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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