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Caleb’s Margarita

My friend Caleb hails from San Antonio, Texas, and as such he lightly salts his speech with “y’alls” and knows his way around that city’s storied breakfast tacos. Caleb’s a man of varied talents and quirks, many of them nurtured … Continue reading

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Sweet Pea & Leek Pancakes

This was another one of those Goldilocks recipes, where it took a little bit of work to find the perfect fit. I love the pea pancakes at a cool little German eatery nearby, where they serve them with chive-flecked sour … Continue reading

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Fennel Sausage

I grew up in Vienna, Virginia (the other Vienna), and tucked into one of the suburban strip malls that stretched out along Maple Avenue was a family pizzeria called, aptly enough, Vienna Pizza.┬áIt was one of those red-checked tablecloth places, … Continue reading

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Fresh Ricotta

Now, in full disclosure, this probably isn’t the most cost-effective way to get your hands on good ricotta. You’ll want to start with the highest-quality whole milk you can afford, the really good stuff from that farm where the cows … Continue reading

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Fresh Fig Tart

Figs first arrived in California by way of the Mediterranean, cultivated by Franciscan missionaries along the Camino Real (“Royal Road”, in Spanish), a 600-mile thoroughfare that linked the missions, pueblos and presidios. These days, El Camino Real bears more Silicon … Continue reading

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Green Bean & Snap Pea Salad

I don’t have any statistics to back this up, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet that most Americans’ encounters with green beans come in the form of Thanksgiving casseroles, the one with tinned beans, cream of mushroom soup … Continue reading

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Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

There’s something very 80s about the smoothie. (I’m willing to wager that Jane Fonda knocked back a few of the frosty drinks in her Lycra and legwarmer days.) In my young 80s-saturated mind, every low-fat-crazed Californian got from one place … Continue reading

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Spiced Cranberry Sauce

In my family, we have an unwavering Thanksgiving menu, with very little to no variation from one year to the next. We are Thanksgiving purists, strict literalists of the Turkey Day canon: turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes. We never bow … Continue reading

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