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  1. Better Brew: The Coffee Gift Guide

    This is the gift guide for your favorite coffee lover. The one who seeks out the best cup of coffee in every city he/she visits. The one who has a million little gadgets to ensure that every cup is smooth and strong. The one who knows the difference between light and dark roasts. 1. Burr Continue…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Pumpkin Pistachio Muffins from Shelly at Vegetarian ‘Ventures

    Hey Friends! Shelly from Vegetarian ‘Ventures here today to chat all things fall! Not sure what it’s like in your neck of the woods but we’ve had non-stop rain this past week to welcome in the new season. I’m not complaining though, as my two favorite activities are perfect rainy day past times: baking and Continue…

  8. 11 Ideas for a Small Kitchen

    We’ve been living with a very small kitchen for many years now. At first, I didn’t even notice. Then, it felt cozy. These days, it often feels cramped. But we’ve made it work! You kind of have to, when you live in a city apartment — those dreamy open kitchens aren’t the sort of thing Continue…

  9. Home Bar: Lion’s Tail Swizzle

    For most of the country, the long days of summer have passed and people are preparing for cooler weather and changing leaves. But in California, we’re enjoying an Indian summer, and if you’re in San Francisco, September is often the only month with anything resembling summer weather. As October quickly approaches, I’m grasping onto these Continue…

  10. Salt-Baked Sweet Potatoes from Near & Far

    Salt-Baked Sweet Potato from Near & Far

    By now, I think everyone’s read (or at least heard of) Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If not, I highly recommend you pick up a copy — it’s a fast read and it will totally refresh the way you think about your stuff — even if you don’t immediately adopt her Continue…

  11. Strawberry Ricotta Cake

    Strawberry Ricotta Cake

    “You can’t go back,” Matt said to me while we were enjoying what could quite possibly be one of our few last evenings out just the two of us before these babies come. We were sitting in a restaurant on Market Street, which runs from the Embarcadero (the Ferry Building), through downtown and the Castro, Continue…

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