Savory Mint Lassi

June 6, 2014
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D and I recently rewatched all seven seasons of The West Wing, start to finish. We loved it when it aired, we’ve loved it the other five or so times we’ve watched it, and I gotta say, the show stands the test of time. Late in season 7, it dawned on me that I’d spent […]

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Cocoa Nib and Almond Shortbread + News

May 27, 2014
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Ooh, have I been excited to tell you about these shortbread. I first made them as a way to use up some very ancient cocoa nibs taking up space in my tiny pantry. The irony: I loved them so much, I went out and bought more cocoa nibs to make them again. I’ve made them […]

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White Asparagus with Cashew Cream Sauce

May 14, 2014

Friends, today is the day I almost told you a story about the time I made a recipe I’d had my eye on for forever, and it was a total dud. The recipe came from Elaine Sciolino, by way of the NYT dining section. Sciolino shared it last year, along with the jealousy-inducing tale of […]

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Red Cabbage Slaw with Golden Raisins and Mint

April 28, 2014
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Whew! It’s been a while, hasn’t? I could make excuses — work, Passover, a drab, terrible winter that dragged on and threatened never to leave — but I’d rather just get down to business. I hope you’ve been well these last few weeks, cooking all sorts of delicious things and enjoying the change of seasons. […]

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Reading: April 2014

April 4, 2014
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It’s been quiet around here this week, since I’ve been tied up with other things and haven’t had much chance to cook. Still, the weekend is here. That should give you some time to make this lovely semolina bread, or perhaps these gingerbread oat waffles. Maybe it’ll also give you some time to catch up […]

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Nine-Minute Mocha Brownies

March 27, 2014

I made this recipe on an absolute whim, because my in-laws were coming over for dinner and we had no dessert in the house. My father-in-law, whom I am on record as saying I adore, has very simple tastes in food. He wouldn’t have enjoyed the labneh tart I had my eye on. So instead, […]

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Eggplant Pea Curry

March 24, 2014
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Last week at work, I spent at least half of a 30-minute meeting peppering an Indian colleague about why my curries don’t taste “authentic.” I told her I was starting to think that my chosen guides to Indian cooking, Julie Sahni and Madhur Jaffrey, were just like the Jewish grandmothers of my youth, who mysteriously […]

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Yellow Lentils with Tamarind (Khatti Dal)

March 17, 2014
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Long overdue, this is the latest in my Indian for Dinner series, where I attempt to spend less money on takeout from Masala Art. I think I speak for all of us when I say that this weather tries all patients. Some days taunt with 70 degrees and sun, but looking outside, it seems to […]

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