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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Mon Petit Jardin

May 4, 2015

Last week, my friend Cat brought me some herbs from Normandy, and I thought, “Excellent! I can put these right outside of my kitchen window in a sweet little window box and that’ll be so handy!” Then I realized the dryer won’t let my large vertical window open more than a few inches, so I […]

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April 27, 2015

Rose has become a Frisbee dog. When she was first learning to catch the it’s-not-a-ball (!) but flying disc at the little park down the street from where we were living in Santa Fe, she’d quickly get tired and declare the Frisbee fetch over. Now we play every afternoon at the Bois de Boulogne and […]

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Roasted Potatoes with Ramp Pesto

April 7, 2015

“Hello, Texas!” shouted the vendor at my new favorite vegetable stand when he saw me walk past with my dog Rose in tow. I waved back.  “Bonjour! Ca va?” I said, and took my place at the back of the line. Then I saw these gorgeous green leaves popping out of the corner of the box of deep […]

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Lazy Bones Salad

April 3, 2015

About a half-bag of roquette. Parmesan curls. A small handful of pine nuts, lightly toasted. Some balsamic vinegar and good olive oil. The add-ons: leftover olive fougasse, warmed in the oven till crisp, and the end of the baguette from the day before that, with fresh chèvre and oven-roasted cherry tomatoes. Perfect for those nights when […]

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