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Squash Blossom Pizza

May 24, 2010
Squash Blossom Pizza

Do you think I’m pretentious? You can tell me. I can take it. I met a reader the other day who told me I come off as pretentious, and she was happy to see I wasn’t. It got me thinking. What about my writing, my recipes, my voice, comes off as pretentious? Maria couldn’t put [...]

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Trout, Bacon and Blessings

May 13, 2010
Trout Bacon Sandwich

Smoked trout, house-cured bacon, wild arugula and a farm-fresh poached egg dripping onto a homemade baguette. Yes, I feel blessed.

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The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich

April 10, 2010
grilled cheese sandwich

Everyone says that, don’t they? I’m sure you do too. Don’t you think your grilled cheese sandwich is the best grilled cheese that was ever made? I know I do. You know what else everyone says? That their macaroni and cheese recipe is the. best. ever. It’s the first thing people tell me when I [...]

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Artichoke and Orange Galette for Jamie Oliver

March 18, 2010
Artichoke and Orange Galette

Dear Jamie Oliver, If you were to come over for dinner, I’d bake you an artichoke and orange galette. I may also cook this for you. Or this, or maybe this. But we’d start with a buttery, rich galette stuffed with the season’s finest flavors – artichoke, citrus, green garlic and walnuts. It’s rich and [...]

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Bottarga Bread Salad for my Birthday

March 8, 2010
Bottarga Bread Salad

A crunchy sweet batard, torn, toasted and tossed with olive oil, pan-roasted butter beans, thinly sliced celery and spicy arugula. Topped with caper vinaigrette and dusted with briny bottarga.

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Grilled Puttanesca Pizza with Heirloom Tomatoes

July 22, 2009
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I used to be a nonbeliever. Friends would mention the amazing pizza they made at home, but I’d shrug it off, secretly thinking there’s no way it was half as tasty as brick-oven pizza. Well, I take it back. Sort of. I still think home-baked pizza is a waste of my time. But grilled pizza… [...]

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Summer BBQ Recipes

June 21, 2009

Grab your tongs and a few hunks of meat. It’s summer and time to grill. People love barbecues. But next time you host a cookout, do your guests and their arteries a favor by skipping dried-out burgers and nitrate-laden dogs. Opt instead for fresh vegetables, high-quality meats and homemade salads, sans the mayo. No-knead bread [...]

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Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon

March 22, 2009

I can’t wait for brunch. All week long I daydream about eggs, french toast, ripe fruit, mimosas, and all the goodies that come with this weekend-only treat. If I’m lucky, it’ll be one of those unforgettable brunches that give me an entire day of complete contentment–like that time I discovered avocado toast. Alejandro and I [...]

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