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  1. Summer Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

    I just finished reading my friend Jess’s fantastic new book. We finally (finally!) met in person about a month ago after spending years following each other on the Internet — I couldn’t believe it. There we were in Golden Gate Park, with our husbands and kids and soon-to-be kids (mine, not hers). Jess’s writing is Continue…

    One of the very first dishes I ‘mastered’ as a home cook was a bowl of really good pasta — and get this — the secret came down to a handful of the very best, fresh ingredients.

  2. ExclusiveSpicy Michelada

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    makes one 2 tablespoons of kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder 2 ounces of fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes) 1 ounce of tomato juice 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce 6 ounces of Mexican beer (Corona, Pacifico) hot sauce, to taste (we used Tabasco) 1. Combine the salt and chili powder in a Continue…

  3. ExclusiveMango Paletas with Chili

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    makes about ten 3 ripe mangos, roughly chopped juice from 1/2 lime 1/3 cup of sugar chili powder, to taste 1. Combine the mango, lime juice, and sugar in a blender and puree until mostly smooth (leave some small chunks of mango). 2. Transfer the mixture to a popsicle mold (you may need wooden popsicle Continue…

  4. ExclusivePacific Coast Shrimp Cocktail

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    serves four 1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined 1 small lemon, quartered 1/2 teaspoon of black peppercorns 1 bay leaf 1 large cucumber, peeled and diced 1 avocado, pitted and diced 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced 1/2 lime, juiced 2 cups of tomato juice 2 tablespoons of ketchup 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Continue…

  5. ExclusiveFresh Calamari Spaghetti

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    serves four 1/2 pound of dried spaghetti 1 teaspoon of red chili flakes 3 large garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup of olive oil 1 pound of squid, cleaned (see Note) chopped chives or parsley Parmesan cheese, for serving salt and freshly ground pepper 1. Fill a large pot with water and season with a bit Continue…

  6. ExclusiveHerby Marinated Mushrooms

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    serves four 1 pound of crimini mushrooms, stems removed 2 tablespoons of olive oil kosher salt (about a teaspoon, more or less to taste) 1 tablespoon of finely chopped basil 1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley 1 teaspoon of dried marjoram 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon of freshly Continue…

  7. ExclusiveHot Apricots with Lemon Verbena Whipped Cream

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    serves four 6 ripe apricots, pits removed handful of fresh lemon verbena leaves 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons of honey (more or less, to taste) 1 tablespoon of butter, melted 1/4 cup of shelled pistachios, roughly chopped 1. Preheat your oven broiler and place the apricots cut-side up on a lined baking Continue…

  8. Jersey-ish Salad

    There was a time when I was a die-hard Jersey girl. New Jersey was the first place I ever lived in America and for a girl who had a sizable collection of Bazooka Joe comics growing up (so much so that her collection was deemed ‘suspicious’ by a stern Russian official examining her backpack on Continue…

  9. Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

    “I want to show you something,” she often says with pride these days. Sometimes, it is a new toy. Sometimes, a “fancy trick” on the playground (currently it is hanging off the rail just above the slide with her long legs tucked under her). But either way, there is something magical about a small person Continue…

  10. Home Bar: Cocchi Spritz, Plus Thoughts About “Low Octane” Cocktails

    There comes a time in life when you’re no longer chasing the highest ratio of alcohol by volume (ABV) to dollars. The trend has been going on for a while, with “session” beers and the appearance of “low octane” sections on cocktail menus over the past few years. I love sipping on vermouth and certain Continue…

  11. Flakiest Buttermilk Biscuits with Apricot Jam: On Building a Life

    Back in 2008 when Matt and I first got engaged, we had to tackle a few of the big questions that everyone does when they decide they’re going to not just share a life together, but take on the legal commitment of sharing a life together. Stuff like how we were going to handle our Continue…

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