Recipes

COCONUT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Food should be nourishing and delicious. It sounds simple, right? With sweets especially, it can be so hard to find treats that are as good to eat as they are for you. My friend Laurel, the baker behind the grain-free and refined-sugar-free (and sometimes vegan) goodness known as Sweet Laurel Bakery, has shared some of her simplest and most satisfying […]
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DEEP DISH PIZZA

I realize this will be a personal subject for some of my midwestern friends.  Deep dish pizza always is.  It’s like talking about New York bagels or Seattle’s seafood, or barbecue in Texas, Memphis, Kansas City, well…anywhere in the south.  Regional favorites are always a little personal, only because they occupy so many parts of our hearts: nostalgia, pride, love, […]
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ROSY ROSE-ITO

Today, most wine cocktails are split between sangria or spritzers, but there’s a world of possibility between those two. Enter the Rosé-ito, a mix of mojito flavors with rum switched out for rosé. It’s fresh, bright, and barely floral. It’s also delicious with sparkling rosé for a little fizz. Note: The wine I used, Summer Water, can be found HERE. […]
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AVOCADO + JALAPENO OVER SUSHI RICE

Simple pleasures, right? Growing up in LA, sushi, next to tacos and perhaps, to a lesser extent, the French Dip, is our culinary mascot. The best sushi is scattered across Little Tokyo, Sawtelle, and the valley, with a lot of mediocre rolls in between. Everyone focusses on the fish when it comes to what makes perfect sushi, which is understandable, […]
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RICE KRISPIES TREATS : 5 WAYS

There’s something so wonderfully wholesome about a rice krispies treat.  Like graham crackers and apple juice, it sends me back in a Proustian rush, overwhelmed by the smell of soccer practice grass and the lemon lime gatorade sticking to my lips. And I still love them.  My cousin Erica makes them for family get togethers, and most recently, her son […]
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THE EAST END

Somewhere between a Last Word and an Eastside, the East End blends bright citrus and herb flavors perfectly. This is such a simple, clean cocktail, and always hits the spot. INGREDIENTS 4 slices cucumber 1 ounce lime juice 1 1/2 ounce gin (or infused vodka) 1/2 ounce green chartreuse 1/2 ounce simple syrup DIRECTIONS First add the cucumber slices and […]
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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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