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Vanilla Cloud Cake

My devotion to chocolate is generally absolute, but last week I was in the mood to bake something a little lighter, a little wintry-looking, and something very, very vanilla.¬† This angel food-style cake was a slam-dunk winner on several fronts: … Continue reading

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Garlicky Shrimp & White Beans

There isn’t enough space here, not enough on the whole wide Web, to properly give due my love for the gutsy, earthy food of Spain. I love the garlic and olive oil and tomatoes, the shellfish and chiles, the lusty … Continue reading

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Red Pepper & Sun-Dried Tomato Relish

What are we going to do when the tomatoes go away? It was a blandly rhetorical question, but staring down at my plate of dry-farmed Early Girls, a pang of mild panic flickered through me. I don’t know. I DON’T … Continue reading

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Pavlova

An enterprising hotel chef in 1920s New Zealand was the first to whip up a Pavlova, a culinary tribute to visiting ballerina Anna Pavlova’s ethereal, wispy beauty. They’re a perennial favorite of those lush islands, and in Australia, too, where … Continue reading

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Slow-Roasted Summer Vegetables

That, friends, is one homely mess of vegetables. I almost didn’t share the recipe with you, it being rather underwhelming in the looks department, but the flavor (oh man, that flavor!) was so worth it that it seemed a bit … Continue reading

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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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Panzanella

Panzanella is a sunny Tuscan bread salad made with tomatoes and onions, a clever way to stretch a good country loaf that’s gone a little stale. The traditional peasant dish is a tasty exercise in texture, with crunchy bread soaking … Continue reading

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Veggie Burger

Imagine two hungry diners, out for an al fresco lunch at Portland’s Veritable Quandary on a lovely summer’s day. One orders a burger, a juicy medium rare with all the trimmings. The other orders the housemade veggie burger with caramelized … Continue reading

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Corn & Tomato Salad

Pizzeria Delfina is one of my favorite lunch spots in the city (my go-to order is their broccoli rabe pizza, a poem to Neapolitan pies everywhere) and a new-favorite starter is their special insalata granturco (“corncob salad”), an easy arrangement … Continue reading

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Zucchini Dill Pancakes

I am on a savory pancake kick these days. There’s been batch after batch of my leek and pea pancakes, a (less than stellar) attempt at sweet potato latkes, corn and chive shortstacks ordered at State Bird Provisions.¬†Lately whenever I … Continue reading

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