Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Feta and Savory Fig Compote

February 26, 2014
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The trendsetters over at Food52 recently told me that I could unabashedly pluRonk a whole cauliflower onto my table and call it dinner. Not just any cauliflower, though: it was this one, simmered in a rich, flavorful broth, then roasted on high high heat until the edges were singed, the whole orb a glistening golden. […]

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Sweet-and-Sour Onion Focaccia

February 19, 2014
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I wanted to tell you this story about how I’ve always believed that Friday night dinner must start with challah, even if we’re having pan-fried dumplings and make-your-own spring rolls, which don’t go with challah at all. I was going to tell you about how sometime a couple years ago, thanks to our smarter-than-we-are friends […]

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Salted Chocolate Rye Cookies

February 13, 2014
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Valentine’s Day always seemed a bit unfair. Why must we relegate sweet nothings and romantic dates – let alone heart candies and chocolate – to one day of the year? I love love, but I also love chocolate. I want both all year round. However. When a day hands you an excuse to make something […]

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Eggplant Dirty Rice

February 10, 2014
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When the chef of a two-star Michelin restaurant concocts a dish that is entirely vegetarian and made in one pot, you should cross off whatever main course is currently on your dinner menu and make that dish instead. That’s what happened here. I was scrolling through Food and Wine’s website and came across this humble, […]

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Getaways: Berlin

February 3, 2014
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We spent nearly two weeks in Berlin at the beginning of January. It’s a funny thing, going on vacation to a very cold country in a very cold season. For the bulk of the twelve days, we were extremely cold. Think numb fingers and toes, brief peeps at the outdoors under gobs of scarf and […]

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Barley Salad with Green Olives, Walnuts, and Raisins

January 27, 2014
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The latest installment of my Weekday Lunch series, making midday meals the best part of your work week. This time of year, our house is mostly a calm shade of grey. The scarce daylight hours feel like borrowed time, where after lazing around for a few two many minutes, I suddenly freak out that the […]

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Blueberry Oat Muffins

January 22, 2014
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A couple weeks ago, before our (glorious!) trip to Berlin, I got a group email from a cook friend asking if anyone had a favorite recipe for blueberry muffins. We all wrote back with our favorites, and a few themes emerged: good blueberry muffins need the tang of sour cream, yogurt, or buttermilk. They need […]

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Bite-Sized Fig and Olive Cookies

January 9, 2014
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Somewhat embarrassingly, D and I have a knack for “discovering” places that, quite definitively, have already been discovered. Take, for instance, our trip to Tuscany back in 2007. After roaming the streets of Florence for 45 minutes or so in search of a spot to sit and eat, we happened upon a dimly lit trattoria […]

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