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Cookbook Giveaway: Canal House Cooking Volume 6

April 14th, 2011

We’re big fans of the Canal House books. We first learned about them from Molly over at Orangette, and bought a few individual books, until we realized that we wanted them all. So we got a subscription. A Canal House Cooking subscription is a gift that keeps on giving. For $49.95, you get three books […]

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We Do Meat, Too: Brothy Beef Short Ribs

August 7th, 2011

When my parents and I moved to America, I quickly started calling everyone I ever spoke with in class my ‘friends.’ My parents were perplexed. “These aren’t your friends,” they’d say. Well, who were they, then? It seems, in the English language, there are a handful of words associated with people we come in contact […]

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Grasping at the Bits: Strawberry Conserve

July 25th, 2011

Before you say anything, let me just justify the cherries in the photo of my strawberry conserve. I simply can’t help myself around this time of year. I try to get my hands on every summer fruit I can. I will eat cherries until my stomach hurts. I am not the first to post this […]

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Thanks, Heidi: Muscovado Sunflower Seeds, Road Trips

April 20th, 2011

Let’s play a game: you tell me something about your childhood and I will tell you something about mine. I’ll start. My family used to travel a lot by car when I was a kid. It wasn’t necessarily because we loved road trips — it was because my dad has always hated flying. We drove […]

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Third Person: Matambre, Argentinian Stuffed Flank Steak & Homemade Harissa

March 20th, 2011 Matambre

I was hoping to do a little experiment: to write in the third person. But each time I tried, it felt entirely unnatural. I’ve always had trouble with fiction. Each time I read a brilliant book written in the third person by someone who has had no personal experience with the setting, context or characters […]

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Lemon-Rosemary Focaccia: A Love Story

September 7th, 2010

It came to my realization that while I share a lot of my personal life on this blog in the context of eating and traveling–I don’t talk much about my life outside of my two favorite hobbies (it does exist!). This weekend marks my 1 year anniversary of wedded bliss to Matt, whom you probably […]

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Chicken and Scallion Dumplings: The Effortless Way to Entertain

August 24th, 2010

It seems rather ironic that I am sharing a recipe with you today for chicken and dumplings. Why? Well, after a frigid, season-long winter this summer, the Bay Area–and San Francisco, specifically–is finally experiencing some actual HEAT. That said, while I have spent my summer eating hearty winter meals, I’m in a place where all […]

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Shaved Asparagus Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette

June 28th, 2010

There are those days when you just feel lucky. The world might not be perfect and your life might not be perfect, but when you put things into perspective, you can’t help but think that life is grand. All too often, I find myself getting overwhelmed by the little things. Small frustrations and anxieties that […]

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Expect the Unexpected: Grilled Shrimp + Anchovy Butter

June 9th, 2010

The other day, I sent out a tweet that was meant to be a direct message to someone, only it was projected to the entire world. I panicked (naturally) because the tweet was not entirely innocent and raced to sign on to Twitter’s homepage to delete said racy message. After missing my heartbeat for a […]

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