Recipes

DEVILED EGGS

I didn’t grow up eating Americana classics; those folkloric, butt of the joke dishes, that become crystalized in a person’s history. Those “this is my childhood” dishes. Chex mix, casserole, ambrosia, meatloaf, jell-o molds; none of these entered my culinary landscape as a kid. Which means, I’ve never had a bad one. I have no prejudices or ideas about what […]
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GREASY SPOON TOAST // VIDEO

So, here’s the deal. A million years ago my video for Avocado Toast popped up on Huffpo and the comments were overwhelmingly good. Well, mostly: I actually laughed at this comment, because it’s so awesomely snarky. It’s perfect, because why do I need an entire video and recipe explaining how to make avocado toast? Avocado + toast kind of sums […]
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CHANA MASALA AND GARLIC NAAN WITH KIRTHI

Kirthi is the nicest guy in the world. It’s a fact. I’ve literally never met someone so friendly, open, and just generally enthusiastic about life. We’re both CMC alum, sort of criss crossing in a few classes, and I kept tabs on him after graduation when he started traveling the world. Bouncing from country to country, experiencing different cultures, he […]
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HOW TO COOK (AND CATCH) A LOBSTER + VIDEO

A few months back my dear friend Laurel sent me this photo: What you might notice after the awesome family portrait in the background and Andrew’s perfectly cleft chin, is that gigantic prehistoric creature hanging from his grasp. That’s a spiny lobster from the Santa Monica Bay that Andrew caught that morning, and there was a freezer full of its […]
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LINGUINE WITH CLAMS

This is an exquisitely simple recipe and a very classic one too. Lemon + garlic + chili + white wine + parsley + shell fish = awesome. Add bacon and pasta, and well, I mean, do I really need to go into it? Your kitchen will smell amazing, and this little bowl of delicious can make a great starter or […]
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ROASTED ROMANESCO WITH SALSA VERDE

I can’t really say enough about my love of romanesco (an Italian cousin of cauliflower). It’s bright hue, it’s bizarre tessellation of spirals within spirals within spirals, it’s burnt caramel by way of a potato chip flavor when roasted, all are good reasons to enjoy this obscure veg. Topped with some roasted salsa verde and parmiggiano, romanesco makes a lovely […]
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OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL

I’m not quite Boss Tweed yet, who allegedly downed about 150 oysters in one sitting, but, I’m slowing getting there. Every Wednesday morning you can find me tasting my way through the farmer’s market in Santa Monica. This is my happy place where I go to check out what’s in season and have my pre-breakfast oysters. Yeah, I get strange […]
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HEALTH IN A BOWL: MINESTRONE

I’m a pretty fickle salad eater. As a starter, absolutely. Give me a plate of the green stuff, as long as something warm is coming afterward. I love bitter arugula, undulating butter lettuce, and delicate mache, but as the whole meal, I’m usually left wanting. Give me something hot, something filling, and good lord let it be easy to make […]
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