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January 11, 2015

Was one of your resolutions to cook more, and eat less take out? Here are some versatile recipes to make in batches. Then you can quickly add layers of flavor to quick, basic dinners.


1. Pickled Onions: You can make this fabulous recipe, or make a simpler version by sl...

January 5, 2015



I was not an Apple Crisp Believer until I ate this recipe. The topping can be mushy or dry (not to mention the apples)... and also, Get your oats away from my dessert! The topping on this one is actually crisp. Sort of like a chocolate chip cookie, only without the c...

January 3, 2015

More vegetables, less sugar, less factory meat, fewer Cool Ranch Doritos... of course. But here are some (less) guilt-based goals that will elevate your food in a way that will make you excited to keep your resolutions.

1. Use More Salt. I know, we are all supposed to b...

November 30, 2014

Chiles, lemongrass and ginger... the ultimate detoxifiers. 



For 4 servings


  • 6 cups GOOD QUALITY, HOMEMADE chicken stock, or leftover turkey stock

  • 3 stalks lemon grass

  • one star anise "star"

  • a large thumb of ginger, peeled-- half sliced, half of i...

November 30, 2014

Celery, fennel and parsley are all supposed to "aid digestion", freshen your breath and just overall make you forget your weekend sins. Add dates and Pecorino for a truly magical combo.


For 4-6 servings:

  • 1 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed, some carefully chosen fronds r...

November 24, 2014

I just served these crackers at two parties last weekend, and they were one of the biggest hits, both nights! And they're SO EASY! I found quince paste (also called membrillo) at Trader Joe's, but you don't necessarily need it-- or the manchego cheese, for that matter....

November 23, 2014


  • DO: Write out a game plan and a day-of timeline! Figure out what temperature the oven needs to be, and when. When mapping it all out, see if you can switch anything to the stovetop, or make it ahead and rewarm briefly. Better  yet, choose things that are delicious...

November 23, 2014



  1. If you have a serious allergy or other DAMN GOOD REASON not to eat major components of the dinner, notify the host ASAP. But if you just started eating Paleo last Thursday, you should probably just be a gracious guest and just eat what's in front of you, even tho...

November 17, 2014




So I had major, grandiose plans to flesh out a comprehensive Thanksgiving Guide. But then I worked a ton-- cooked for 96 people/ three different events this week (plus all the meals for my family), and frankly, I'm tired! So instead of re-inventing the wheel, I'll j...

November 17, 2014

Butter is so fun to make-- a great project to do with your kids. If you just overwhip cream, you'll get it-- but cultured butter is made from homemade creme fraiche, and is just all-the-more delicious. It almost tastes like cheese. I think I had you at, "Butter that ta...

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