Food

  1. Home Bar: Building Your Bar, Part 1 – Alcohol & Mixers

      Putting together an alcohol collection is challenging. What should you get? What will you really use? In the early days of building up my home bar, I was filled with anticipation of entertaining friends and satisfying my curiosity of spirits and cocktails. The best advice that I have for someone looking to start their Continue…


  2. Raw Thai Citrus Crunch Salad

    For many years, I consistently brought the same exact salad to work in a square tupperware tucked into a plastic bag that is no longer allowed in the city of San Francisco. It wasn’t revolutionary by any stretch: spinach, berries, walnuts, goat cheese, and a very basic balsamic dressing. Because it was so light, I’d Continue…

  3. Home Bar: The Winter Sun

    It’s Negroni Week, and to celebrate, I’m revisiting one of my favorite drinks for any occasion. I wrote about the classic Negroni last year, and it’s still my go-to choice for any night that I feel like having a cocktail at home. The balance of bitter, sweet, and spirit is easy to enjoy, and lends itself to simple variations based on Continue…

  4. Making the Kitchen Fun and Safe for the Family (+ a Special Discount)

    Cooking has always been my escape — an activity that could transport me from my tiny little kitchen to places I’ve been and hoped to visit. There is something meditative about chopping and slicing, kneading and stirring. When Matt and I started living together, it became something we did together; we’d take on elaborate cooking Continue…

  5. Honeydew and Lemon Verbena Popsicles

    We’re packing in trips like there’s no tomorrow before these babies arrive. We still have some time (I’m nearly halfway there!), but with my growing belly, I’m already finding my energy decreasing. I used to go to LA pretty often, especially when I lived in San Diego. Back in those days, I was more interested Continue…

  6. The Six Best Ways To Make Pour Over and Immersion Coffee

    A good pour over can change the way you think about coffee. At least we found that to be true the first time we tried manually brewed pour over coffee. Hand crafted coffee provides you with the ability to control every variable in the brewing process (i.e. dose, grind size, water temperature, pour speed, bloom Continue…

  7. ExclusiveSmoky Tomato Soup with Crème Fraîche and Dukkah

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    Serves four 2 tablespoons of olive oil 3 large garlic cloves, minced 1 large onion, diced 1 tablespoon of tomato paste 1 teaspoon of dried oregano 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika 1 26 ounce can of diced tomatoes 1 teaspoon of brown sugar 2 cups of chicken stock 1/4 cup of crème fraîche, plus more Continue…

  8. ExclusiveThe Ultimate Grilled Cheese

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    Makes 2 large or 4 small grilled cheese sandwiches. 4 slices of country whole grain bread (sub sourdough) plenty of butter 1 1/2 ounces of young white cheddar cheese, shredded 1 1/2 ounces of havarti cheese, shredded 1 1/2 ounces of gruyere cheese, shredded 1. Combine the cheeses in a bowl, and toss them together Continue…

  9. ExclusiveFennel, Apple, and Smoked Trout Salad

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    Serves four 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed 1 pink lady apple 3 ounces of smoked trout 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 tablespoon of dukkah freshly ground pepper fennel fronds, for garnish 1. Use a mandoline to thinly slice the apple and fennel. 2. Add the fennel and apple Continue…

  10. ExclusiveSmoky Clam Chowder with Potatoes and Spring Onion

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    Serves four 3 1/2 pounds of clams 1 tablespoon of butter 8 ounces of smoky bacon, diced 2 stalks of celery, finely diced 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1 shallot, finely diced 2 spring onions, finely diced (greens and bulbs) 3 yellow potatoes, diced 1 bay leaf 3 sprigs of thyme 4 cups of water Continue…

  11. ExclusiveGarlicky Asparagus with Meyer Lemon

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    Serves four 1 bunch of asparagus 2 garlic cloves, minced extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper, to taste Meyer lemon zest, to taste 1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Trim the ends of the asparagus and toss the stalks with the minced garlic on a large baking sheet. 2. Generously drizzle with Continue…

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