Recipes

LEMON SCENTED MERINGUE CAKE

What can be lovelier than layers of sponge cake, heaps of fluffy meringue, rich pastry cream, all scented with lemon? Not much, honestly. This cake is pretty tops. It’s inspired by the classic Cipriani cake, which is a bit on a New York institution (and Martha Stewart’s favorite slice, allegedly). It’s like biting into a cloud, which is a problem […]
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SHRIMP BURGER WITH WAKAME SLAW

Shrimp toast is one of my favorite things ever, so I figured, why not switch out the toast for burger buns? The shrimp burgers are filled with fresh herbs and bright flavors and when topped with a crunchy wakame (seaweed salad) and spicy sriracha. I am practically addicted, I love this combination so much.  I might even try rolling the […]
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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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FALAFEL

You know those warring Philly Cheese Steak spots across the street from each other in Philadelphia? Well, welcome to the French version, falafel-style. On this narrow street in the Marais, falafel joints compete for your affections, but L’As Dus Fallafel won my heart in the end. Literally my best bite in Paris and only 5 euro.  This blend of crunchy, […]
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SPICY WATERMELON MINT AGUA FRESCA

Agua fresca is one of my most favorite drinks. Refreshing and light, and the perfect partner for spicy Mexican food.  To combat the heat, they tend to be quite sweet, but I made mine a little on the drier side so it can be enjoyed ala carte. With the mint and jalapeño, it’s a sweet and spicy combination you’ll drink […]
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TWO INGREDIENT DIJON ROAST CHICKEN

Well, four if you include the chicken and salt, but you get the idea. A perfectly roast chicken is one of life’s simplest pleasures. If I’m in my kitchen alone, I’ll devour a roast chicken with my bare hands, and plenty of extra salt and whole grain mustard. I would go for a glass of white wine, but with my […]
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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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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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BREEZY SUMMER SHAKE

Summer is in full effect, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably gone a little crazy at the farmers’ market, trying to soak up every last drop of edible sunshine. This means that I have a lot of fruit doing a lot of nothing on my counter, and a girl can only make so much jam or pie. So smoothies […]
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