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Roasted Carrots

I have to admit, I haven’t always held carrots in the highest regard. They’re useful in starting off soup and an inoffensive addition to a crudité platter, sure, but the only stand-alone dish I could recall was the mushy coins … Continue reading

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Lemon Yogurt Poundcake

I’ve been coming back to this recipe every spring and summer (over and over again for half a decade) and though many, many praises have already been sung for Ina Garten’s lovely, versatile tea cake, I’d be remiss if I … Continue reading

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Herb Bread

We are spoiled rotten here in the Bay area, where world-class artisanal breads (from Tartine, Acme, Della Fattoria, et al) are a dime a baker’s dozen. So spoiled, in fact, that it hardly ever occurs to me to bake bread at … Continue reading

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Weeknight Cooking 101

As you may have gathered by now, friends, I really like to cook. It’s a place for creativity, a way to nurture the people I care about, and a favorite way to unwind: I’ll put on some music, pour a glass … Continue reading

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Doughnut Muffins

The stomach flu descended on our house with biblical force this week, and by Valentine’s Day, the living room was littered with blankets, plastic bottles of candy-colored sports drinks and packages of water crackers, ignored and uneaten. (I can tell … Continue reading

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Orecchiette al Forno

Pasta’s always a great choice for entertaining: it’s inexpensive, generally foolproof, and everybody likes it. The one drag (unless you have one of those enviably open-and-airy kitchens) is at some point you’ll have to excuse yourself from conversation and cocktails … Continue reading

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Chocolate Glazed Bundt Cake

Let’s say you don’t have much patience for scratch cake recipes that end up dry, or boring, or gummy. Let’s say you’re ringing in the New Year in the country, with a postcard-lovely but unfamiliar kitchen without a stand mixer. … Continue reading

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White Bean and Kale Soup

This is cold weather soup. Rainy day, flat tire, forgot your umbrella, just-want-to-curl-up-under-a-blanket-and-hibernate soup. Packed with earthy kale and creamy white beans in an aromatic broth, it’s warm and nourishing, savory and satisfying. With a flurry of Parmesan, a hunk … Continue reading

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Oatmeal Scones

With origins in Scotland, scones got their start as humble griddle cakes (by some accounts, they get their name from the Gaelic sgonn, or “shapeless mass”) made from barley meal, oats and/or flour. While they’ve maintained their slightly rough-hewn texture … Continue reading

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Tomato Tart Niçoise

The tomatoes are finally shining around here, and I’ve been serving them up in plain slabs, naked and unadorned save for a dusting of salt and pepper. After awhile, I figured even perfect tomatoes might like to get a little … Continue reading

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