Roasted Red Pepper Dip

October 16, 2014

A few years ago, I was invited over to a friend’s house for dinner in Paris. He and his wife were from Syria, and they had one of the sweetest love stories I’d ever heard. Sasha was working in Paris as a handyman, and she had come to visit friends. The families knew each other, but she […]

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Speedy Spanakopita

September 9, 2014

This is what I made as a clean-out-your-fridge dinner the other night. I know. I sort of couldn’t believe it, either. But filo dough is one of those things I always have on hand when I’m in the U.S., because it’s impossible to find in France (instead, there’s a much thicker pastry called “brick”), and […]

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Zucchini Oatmeal Bread

September 5, 2014

Zucchini breads can be awfully boring things, but who wants to break up with zucchini bread? Not me. But I can’t remember the last time I made it. Enter my new big zucchini bread love, one of substance and complexity, with a gorgeous, dark caramel crust and tender, moist insides. The blackish specs you see […]

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No Recipe: Sweet Potato Wedgies

September 2, 2014

Sometimes doing the simplest of things, like changing the shape of a particular vegetable, can completely alter the outcome. Until now, my go-to roasted sweet potato method has pretty much been the same as red-skinned potatoes — cut into smallish, one or two-inch cubes, toss with olive oil, sea salt and pepper and roast at […]

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Lime Poppyseed Cake

August 29, 2014

I’ve wanted to make this for a long time, since my coffee-filled, editing-the-book-manuscript afternoons at Kooka Boora (now KB Cafeshop) in Montmartre, when I nearly always had a thick piece of a lemony poppyseed cake with my triple lattes. I always wondered how it would taste if the lemon were lime. Swapping out the lime for […]

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Zucchini and Corn Galettes with Green Tahini Sauce

August 24, 2014

You say fritters, I say galettes. I can’t bring myself to call these sweet summery pancakes “fritters.” Fritter sounds so, oh, unhealthy, right? And these are not fried, which I believe a fritter — an Americanized form of the French word, frire, (to fry) — normally would be. Instead, they cook quickly, and with very little oil in a […]

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Oatmeal, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 18, 2014

Newsflash: my new favorite cookie is also one that’s — gulp! — gluten-free. But that’s not why I made them, and it’s not why I like them. But I saw this recipe and liked that it used maple syrup instead of refined sugar and wondered how this alone would transform a cookie. It’s not a […]

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No Recipe: Oven-Dried Tomato Skins

August 15, 2014

The sad truth of testing recipes all the time means that there’s a lot of waste. I often make full recipes of dishes (to serve two or four) in order to get the measurements right, but one cowgirl can only eat so much. Things get tossed out. And even when I’m not in recipe-testing mode […]

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No Recipe: Peach-Basil Popsicles

August 11, 2014

  What do you do with a big ‘ol box of scratch-and-dent peaches (for just $20!) from Ham’s Orchard in Terrell? Make peach popsicles, that’s what. Those slightly overripe, still perfectly good peaches are perfect for popsicles, and there’s absolutely nothing to it. You peel and pit as many peaches as you’d like (in my […]

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Two Great Asian Dipping Sauces

August 7, 2014

Making Asian food at home is really quite easy, but like any other cuisine, you just need to stock up on all of the staples (in this case, fish and soy sauce, sesame oil, etc.). Then once the craving strikes, you’re ready to go. These two sauces are fantastic for spring rolls, cold noodles, or […]

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