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Savory Pesto + Roasted Red Pepper Beer Buns


I have been playing with this recipe for Diamond of California for quite some time. I wanted to start with a dough that was nice and yeasty, full of life. I wanted it to be easy: a dough we could through together on a Wednesday, stash in the fridge and then come Friday or Saturday we could quickly roll it out…

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Squash Blossom + Tomatillo Brunch Eggs


Totally flummoxed as to what to call this thing. It’s not a frittata because it’s not cooked like a frittata…but it seems to be a very close cousin to one. I don’t want to use the words casserole or bake because for some reason that feels a little like I’m cooking from the back of a carton of egg substitute.…

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Dark Chocolate Cake With Champagne Buttercream


Yes, it’s true. January brings with it lots of responsibility. The presents and cheer of December are faded memories that went into the trash with the wrapping paper and tinsel. But fear not. Whilst we’re knee-deep in juices and cleanses and new exercise routines, we have at least one special occasion that requires (no, DEMANDS) indulgence. And that, my friends, is the…

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Portuguese Soup With Crispy Prosciutto + Manchego Toast


I wanted to create a soup that was Caldo Verde adjacent, with potatoes and kale and sausage, but I wanted (NEEDED) more of a clear soup rather than creamy. So I set out to use all of the key Caldo Verde players: Portuguese sausage (I offer several substitutions below if you can’t find it), loads of kale and potatoes. Then thoughts…

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Five Spice Fig Jam


This post has so many ties to Beijing. Not that I had an affinity for figs while I was there. Nor did I make fig jam while living in China. But autumn was my most favorite season in Beijing, with spring running a close second. Winter was cold and dry and summer was steamy, hot and wet. In fall, everyone was back from…

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Italian Sausage + Burrata Penne Pasta


This pasta comes together so quickly that it could easily be a midweek, just-got-home-from-work dinner. But it also has a ton of sunday supper potential. This sauce, sitting on the stove, going low and slow and filling the house with lots of warm basil and tomato smells. Yes…that’s the kind of Sunday I want to have. This pasta came together because…

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Strawberry Freekah Salad With Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese


Guys, you need to get on the freekah bandwagon. It’s delicious. I was skeptical. I mean REALLY skeptical. But it’s amazing. When it comes to salads, I need them loaded. I mean, I need every flipping bite teeming with taste and texture. We have that here. Right now. With this salad. We start with a base of freekah. Then we…

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Meal Planning | week two


For those of you joining us, this is our second week of meal planning (read the first one here). The goal of these posts is to make your mid-week planning, cooking + eating easier. Maybe a little bit healthier? It will contain a collection of my recipes + links off to others. My back went out this week (miserable) so this week’s…

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Meal Planning | week one


This is totally new for me so I’m not quite sure how I want to structure these Meal Planning posts…but I want to keep things loose and fun. To get kicked off, I’m going to share some of the stuff (read: Word docs) that I’m using to organize meals (they’re a work in progress). Feel free to download and make them…

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Burrata Caprese Burgers With Lemon Basil Aïoli


Holy moly. This burger. It’s like late summer farmer’s market collided with your local Italian butcher. All the best summer flavors (heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil leaves), a thick meaty-burger fortified with egg yolk and finely grated parmesan, an oozy layer of burrata and a bright pop of flavor from the lemon-basil aïoli. And the bacon rounds, let’s not forget the bacon rounds.…

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Breakfast Nachos


We take our nacho game very seriously around here. We eat them for dinner, as a snack…basically any time we have an excuse to shove them in our mouths. Last summer we were lounging around and Gavin wanted nachos. I said ‘everyone, stop what you’re doing and follow me into the kitchen.’ I told them I would be oh-so-proud if…

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Easy Peasy Labneh


The thought of making cheese never entered my mind. In fact, making this type of cheese (labneh) seems somewhat fraudulent…like it really isn’t cheese…but it is…and it’s so amazingly luscious and delicious you will never not (love a double negative) have it in your fridge. At all times. It’s true, I like to dazzle people with food. I like it to…

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Olive Oil Fried Egg, Smashed Avocado + Heirloom Tomato Toast


Whew. It’s been awhile. So much to say and catch up on. But first, let’s talk toast. This is hardly a recipe, more of a collection of ingredients for you to customize. But there are some hard and fast components to your toast’s success. The manner in which you fry your egg and the bread you use are key. It’s imperative that…

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Pour Me a Martini Pizza


I realize we’re not officially in summer, but it’s here at our house. The kids have been out of school for several weeks and it’s a revelation. The lightness and joy that has descended upon our home is nothing short of bliss. Pure, peaceful, bliss. We’re going to bed late and sleeping in. We’re eating quesadillas, playing legos in the living…

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Mexican Tomatillo Soup


| mexican tomatillo soup | I know, I’ve been on a MAJOR sweet bender. Please forgive me. I hear from my friends that they want more quick, savory dinners, so this is for you…just in time for Cinco de Mayo. And it’s healthy. And quick. Did I say that already? It’s ticking all the boxes on the type of meal I…

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