Food

  1. 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…

    It was vast. It was lush. It was green. It was close to ‘the city’ and ‘the ocean.’ It was full of Italian and Irish families who celebrated Christmas and whose teenage sons mowed their very large lawns.
  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Herb Spotlight: 8 Ways to Use Cilantro

    Cilantro has long been one of my favorite herbs. I recognize it’s a somewhat controversial one but I happen to fall into this camp of people. Growing up, my family would often serve stalks of cilantro alongside fresh vegetables on a huge platter. We didn’t use dips, we just ate the fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and Continue…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

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