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  1. Home Bar: Seelbach Cocktail

    The holidays are already upon us, and it’s time to get ready for parties, friends, and family. All calling for — or requiring (depends on your family) — a tasty and festive beverage. A few years ago, I started adding to my parents’ home bar in order to mix simple cocktails when I went home Continue…

    This year, I’ll be introducing everyone to an interesting take on the champagne cocktail.

  2. Gift Guide: Cookbooks

    I love collecting cookbooks and I love gifting them to friends and family almost as much, if not more. There’s always this feeling of excitement that I get when I leaf through a new book and mentally bookmark the recipes I can’t wait to make. There’s usually a cookie or dessert that immediately jumps out Continue…

  3. Home Bar: Green Chile Gimlet

    I never thought this day would come — the day when I recommend that you use vodka in a cocktail recipe instead of gin. I made it very clear in my post Building Your Bar that I don’t stock vodka at home. And here I am recommending a vodka gimlet. Maybe I shouldn’t be all Continue…

  4. ExclusiveHomemade Potato Chips

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    Serves four 3 large russet potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thick canola oil (for frying) kosher salt 1. Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice. Add the potato slices to the bowl and let sit for about 30 minutes (this will remove some of the starch, leading to crispier chips). 2. Line a cutting Continue…

  5. ExclusiveRed and White Slaw

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    Serves four For the slaw: 1/4 red cabbage 1/4 white cabbage For the dressing: 1/4 cup of mayonnaise 1 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon of sugar 1/2 teaspoon of celery salt 1. Use a very sharp knife or mandolin to very thinly slice the cabbage into long, thin ribbons. Add the cabbage to Continue…

  6. ExclusiveReal Deal Lobster Rolls

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    Serves two 1 2- 2 1/2 pound live lobster 1 teaspoon of finely chopped chives 1 teaspoon of finely chopped tarragon 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1-2 pinches of celery salt juice from 1/2 lemon kosher salt 1 tablespoon of butter 2 jumbo hot dog buns To cook and clean Continue…

  7. ExclusiveHibiscus and Guajillo Braised Short Ribs

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    Serves four 2 1⁄2 pounds bone-in beef short ribs 6 dried guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 5 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 cup white wine 4 cups beef broth 1/2 cup (.75 ounces) dried hibiscus flowers 1. Season short ribs Continue…

  8. ExclusiveHibiscus Margarita

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    Enough for six-eight drinks For the hibiscus syrup: 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup water 1⁄2 cup (.75 ounce) dried hibiscus flowers For the margarita: 1 lime 2 ounces silver tequila 1 1⁄2 ounces hibiscus syrup salt, for rim 1. To make the syrup, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Place over medium Continue…

  9. ExclusiveGreen Apple, Chayote, and Nopales Salad with Hibiscus Vinaigrette

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    Serves four For the vinaigrette: 1 shallot, chopped 1/2 cup (.75 ounce) dried hibiscus flowers 1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons agave nectar 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For the salad: 1 pound Continue…

  10. Pumpkin-Peanut Butter and Chocolate Power Smoothie

    The days are long and the years are short, someone told me when I had my first child. I keep reminding myself of this in these early weeks with the twins. Once one baby feeds, it’s on to the next — and because they’re still teeny, it feels like each one takes forever. By the Continue…

  11. Home Bar: Fall in Manhattan

    The classic Manhattan was probably the first real cocktail that I came to enjoy as I graduated from shots and Mind Erasers after college. At the time, the fancy cocktail trend had yet to hit San Francisco, so the cocktails I drank had the quality you might expect from a dive or airport bar. They Continue…

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