Food

  1. Mastering the Art of Ice, and a Classic Mint Julep

    Water is never listed as an ingredient in cocktail recipes, and yet it exists in almost every single one. Many people don’t think twice about why drinks are served with different types of ice — big blocks, spheres, small cubes, crushed ice, or maybe even none at all. And yet, there’s a reason for each Continue…

    Practice a few times before the upcoming Kentucky Derby in May, where drinking anything else is blasphemy.

  2. Date Shake with Toasted Nuts

    I distinctly remember when smoothies became a presence in my life. It was in high school, when the first Jamba Juice opened in a strip mall near my parents’ house — the same one with the movie theater. On a hot summer day, we’d get dropped off to wander with our smoothies until it was Continue…

  3. ExclusiveIceberg Wedges with Buttermilk-Blue Dressing, Pecans, and Bacon

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    Serves four For the salad: 1 head of iceberg lettuce, quartered or cut into eights (depending on size) 1 tablespoon of roughly chopped pecans crumbled blue cheese minced chives 3 strips of cooked (crispy) bacon, roughly chopped freshly ground pepper For the dressing: 1/2 cup of well-shaken buttermilk 3 ounces of blue cheese 1/2 cup Continue…

  4. ExclusiveCabbage, White Bean, and Chorizo soup

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    Serves four 1/4 cup of olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 large garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup of chorizo sausage 1/2 green cabbage, shredded salt and freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon of juniper berries, lightly crushed with a mortar and pestle 2 1/2 cups of cooked white beans (from about 1 cup dried) 6 Continue…

  5. ExclusiveJuniper Honey Ice Cream

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    makes one quart 1 1/2 cup of whole milk 1 1/2 cup of heavy cream 3 large eggs + 2 large egg yolks 1/4 cup of fragrant honey 1/3 cup of sugar 1 tablespoon of juniper berries, lightly crushed 1. Combine the milk, cream, sugar, honey, and juniper berries in a medium sauce pot. 2. Continue…

  6. The Sazerac, and a Little Taste of the Big Easy

    Live music, po’ boys, crawfish, daiquiris, Abita beer, and Sazeracs. If you don’t manage to fit all of these in when you visit New Orleans, you’re doing it wrong. If you’re planning a trip to the Big Easy (perhaps you’re considering Jazz Fest in late April/early May?), here are some tips for good eats and Continue…

  7. ExclusiveBoozy Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Soda Float

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    Makes four large float glasses 1/2 cup of water 1/2 cup of sugar 1 cup of chopped strawberries 1 liter of sparkling water 1 pint of dark chocolate ice cream 4 ounces of clear rum (optional) 1. Bring the water, sugar, and strawberries to a boil over medium-high heat. 2. Turn heat down to medium Continue…

  8. ExclusivePistachio Salt & Pepper Baked Onion Rings

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    Serves six 2 large yellow onions, peeled 1 cup of all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons of baking powder 3 large eggs 1 cup of breadcrumbs 1 cup of shelled pistachios 1 tablespoon of Szechuan salt & pepper 2 tablespoons of canola oil (or cooking oil spray) 1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line Continue…

  9. ExclusiveThree Bean Sloppy Joe

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    Serves six 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 small sweet onion, diced 2 celery stalks, diced small 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 15-ounce can of kidney beans, drained 1 15-ounce can of red beans, drained 1 15-ounce can of pinto beans, drained 2 1⁄2 cups of tomato sauce (homemade or store-bought) 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire Continue…

  10. Spicy-Sweet Shichimi Togarashi Popcorn

    I’ve come to believe that the best and worst decisions we could make are the ones we don’t make at all. We’ve had a particularly warm winter here in San Francisco. So much so that I’ve forgotten (somewhat) how much I have — over the course of nearly 10 years — despised living in the Continue…

  11. ExclusivePisco del Sol

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    2 oz of Pisco (preferably Campo de Encanto) .25 oz of orgeat (preferably Small Hand Foods) .5 orange of curaçao (preferably Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao) Orange peel garnish Glass: Old-fashioned glass or just a plain tumbler 1. Add all ingredients, except the garnish, directly into your glass. 2. Add a large ice cube and stir for Continue…

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