Cauliflower with Harissa

January 23, 2014

I went through a phase a couple of years ago when I was roasting cauliflower just about every week. Just cauliflower, olive oil and some salt and pepper, that’s all. I ate it like popcorn  right off the roasting pan. Sometimes I’d make other things with it, toss it with a vinaigrette or add it […]

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Oatmeal Blueberry Walnut Muffins

January 12, 2014

Oh I know what you’re thinking. These are not the prettiest muffins in the world. They are not like the big poofy, cakelike muffins you see in the coffee shop chains (does anyone really eat those?). They are, in fact, kind of squatty as far as muffins go. But don’t be too quick to judge. […]

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Antwerp and Paris

December 17, 2013

I meant to write before now. I really did. Sometimes I feel like my life is a TGV train, zooming here and there, stopping for a short while and then leaving again. Of course this is my own doing. I left Santa Fe a few weeks ago, drove to Dallas, and within a day or […]

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Two Great Leftover Turkey Recipes

November 25, 2013

The day after Thanksgiving one year, my Uncle Charles pulled the leftover turkey gravy and the cornbread dressing out of the fridge, and put these seemingly tired old reheats together in the skillet. He twirled around the lazy Susan that held my mother’s spices…and added a dash of curry, a bit of cayenne, and I […]

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Santa Fe: Supermarket Souvenirs

November 22, 2013

As Paris has fleur de sel, piment d’Espelette, and hazelnut and walnut oils on the shelves of the most common of supermarkets, so, too, does Santa Fe have its own region-specific groceries. Like Paris, eating the area’s particular cuisine is part of what brings people here. And it’s all about spicy. Green chiles. Red chiles. […]

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Healing Knots Bracelets

November 13, 2013

A few weeks ago, I was at Lake Austin Spa Resort, prepping for my cooking class, when in came Corinne Cargnoni, the activities concierge, whom I’d met on one of my previous trips in the last year. She must have flown in across the tables, because I didn’t even hear her until she was right […]

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Roast Chicken Leg Salad

October 29, 2013

I have a confession. I have not been impressed with chicken in the U.S. It’s too big, for one thing. This alone scares me. And what I’ve eaten so far is completely tasteless. I’m not talking about industrial chickens, mind you, but the big fat three and four pounders at the fancy grocery stores labelled […]

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Hike + Tacos: Rio en Medio and El Parasol

October 18, 2013

The other morning, Rose and I hopped into the car with my friend Barbara and Lucy, her sweet red Labrador puppy, and went for a hike — to Rio en Medio, east of Tesuque and just a mile or two past Ali MacGraw’s house. In other words, way outside of the city limits of Santa […]

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Blueberry Coulis

October 11, 2013

While you can still get your hands on blueberries at the market, I suggest you make some of this. I strongly urge you to do this. I made up a batch last week to drizzle over a meringue and whipped cream dessert with fresh blueberries and it was DEE-vine. Luscious, really. Just saying to yourself, […]

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Basil Pesto

October 6, 2013

Goodbye, basil. Hello, pesto. When’s the right time to trim back your basil to the nubbins so you can make pesto with your summer’s bounty? In my case, it was the first day of fall, which wasn’t that cool or even necessarily fallish, but it’s coming soon. And I figured it was only a matter […]

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