Peach Galette for One

August 13, 2015

No need to adjust your screen. The uneven folds and flopped over parts, which leaked on the parchment paper (and in doing so, created a crispy sugary bottom), were not intentional, but it’s fine. Really. There’s a lot of hope involved in baking. You hope that what you pull out of the oven is what you’d […]

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Carrot-Zucchini Galettes with Avocado Salsa

August 7, 2015

I’m just back from a weeklong yoga retreat in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain, where the meals were modest and vegetarian, and often without dairy or gluten, due to the dietary needs of some of the other yogis. Which made me start thinking again about what brings flavor to a dish, and what’s necessary and […]

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Italian Breakfast Cake: Torta Ace

August 3, 2015

What do Italians eat for breakfast, along with the best pastries in the world, the ricotta stuffed and sea shell-shaped sfloliatelle? Repeat after me (and roll the “r” if you want to sound autentico): TORT-ah Ah-CHAY. I saw this unassuming sugar-dusted cake on the breakfast buffet while I was staying at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria […]

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Chickpea pancakes

July 26, 2015

Known as socca in the south of France, and farinata in Italy, for simplicity’s sake, I’m just going to call these chickpea pancakes. Because that’s what we’ve got here. Made with chickpea flour, water, olive oil and a bit of salt, think of this recipe as a foundation, and build upon it as you’d like. […]

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Spinach, Iced

July 20, 2015

As it turns out, that six euros I spent recently on an ice cube tray at the Monoprix was well worth it. You can’t see the cute domino imprint that’s visible on each cube when frozen, but trust me, it’s far more interesting than the plain ol’ cubes without the one, two, three or whatever dots […]

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Blueberry Oat Waffles

July 12, 2015

This morning, Rose and I got to the Bois before the onslaught of joggers and cyclists, me with coffee in hand and small pieces of Gruyère in my pocket (I’m now on month two of the reeducation of Rose, which means bribery is required for any hope of her listening to me). Half of the cheese was dispensed and […]

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Cold Noodles with Chile Oil and Miso-Tahini sauce

June 28, 2015

Maybe it’s because I spent part of my childhood in backseat of our family’s Buick station wagon, driving back and forth from Denton to Fort Worth to eat Chinese food at Jimmie Dip’s, but Asian food has always been one of my top comfort foods. I love the balance of sweet, salty, acidic and spicy — it’s how I […]

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PB Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

June 23, 2015

When it comes to homemade cookies, I can never decide which ones I like best — peanut butter, chocolate chip, or oatmeal. I’ve put chocolate chip in peanut butter cookies before and they might be the front runner most of the time, but I also love the texture of an oatmeal cookie. I don’t know why I’ve […]

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Pizza Dough: A Half-Baked Idea

June 7, 2015

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been playing around with pizza dough, trying to figure out how to replicate the pizza I learned to make in Sorrento. What I’ve learned is this: making great Neapolitan-style pizza at home is easiest when you have a smokin’ hot oven. Even better, if you have a wood […]

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Neapolitan Pizza Sauce

May 14, 2015

I’m just back from Sorrento, which is pizza country, pizza centrale, where the thin, crispy, wood oven-baked pizza that we all love, Neapolitan-style, comes from. If there’s one thing in the world that I love as much as tacos, it’s pizza. I thought I knew all there was to know about pizza. I’ve been making […]

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