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Naan Bread

Naan Bread

For years, my husband and I have dreamed of having a tandoori oven in the backyard. And dream we still do. But, I have managed to manifest the biggest reason besides tandoori chicken to have one. Naan bread. This is so easy, especially since it uses a basic olive oil (more…)

Roasted Beets and Carrots with Shallot Confit Dip

Roasted Beets and Carrots with Shallot Confit Dip

This dip is an improvisation off a Travis Lett salad dressing that is amazing with kale. Tasting it for the first time, it faintly reminded me of French onion dip which I would eat by the bowl if no one was looking (more…)

Bourbon Soaked Prunes

Bourbon Soaked Prunes

Let me remind us all that prunes are dried plums. Extolling their virtues as a remedy to afflictions not to be named here (this is a food blog after all) has ruined the culinary reputation of these fine dried fruits. Thankfully, Sally Schneider has (more…)

Potato Galette with Shallot Oil

Potato Galette with Shallot Oil

Potatoes, olive oil and salt. That’s it. This galette is the ultimate transformation of everyday pantry staples into culinary genius. Thanks NYT. If you have shallot oil on hand from my previous post, all the better. Replace the olive oil with shallot (more…)

Grilled Rosemary Lamb Skewers

Grilled Rosemary Lamb Skewers

Try as I might not to be a judgmental fuck, there are some things I just can’t understand. Like when people say they don’t like lamb. Bitch, please. Have you tasted it? “It’s gamey!” I’ve heard people say. No, it’s not. Maybe you were traumatized (more…)

Shallot, Garlic and Tomato Confit

Shallot, Garlic and Tomato Confit

This is an homage to the chefs who encourage stocking the larder with inspired elements that push more creative thinking and less reliance on recipes. Confits have changed my kitchen forever and are so freakin’ easy that I can’t believe it took me 20 years of cooking to get to them. These gems are from Travis Lett of Gjelina. (more…)

Summer Breakfast Salad with Tahini Dressing

Summer Breakfast Salad with Tahini Dressing

When my husband was in film school, a classmate from Israel had a wife, Hadas, who was an amazing cook. She later became a pastry chef but in those days, I mostly remember loving her salads and the unique twist of herbs and dressings (more…)

Freelance Lunch: Polenta with Mushroom and Green Bean Saute

Freelance Lunch: Polenta with Mushroom and Green Bean Saute

There are disadvantages of working freelance from a home office. But not many. Besides conference calls in my workout clothes and being around when the kids come home, the greatest advantage is using my lunch hour to cook for myself. No one else’s palate to please. No wrinkled-up noses from the kids at the sight of mushrooms on the counter. No disapproving looks from my husband when I take the cream AND butter out of the fridge. I can do whatever the hell I want and there are precious few times in the day when that is 100% true. So, I revel in my lunch hour. (more…)

Roasted Peaches with Honey Vanilla Syrup

Roasted Peaches with Honey Vanilla Syrup

Jesus this week has been a blur. I cooked, I know I did and yet nary a post to show for it. My man is out of town. There was football (i.e. soccer) tournaments, school picnics and neighborhood association meetings to attend. Oh, and yes, I have a job. I could have sworn I went out of my way to resist as many stress inducing entanglements as possible so as to remain a sane human being in an overtaxed world. But no. Like the frog in water that slowly heats up, I fail to notice (more…)

Cardamom Rice

Cardamom Rice

A few years back, we lucked into an oddly affordable Knightsbridge apartment while visiting London. On a random walk about, I stumbled onto Yotam Ottolenghi’s eponymous restaurant in Belgravia and I was beside myself with joy. I love how he lets the true flavors of ingredients speak for themselves. His use (more…)