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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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Chocolate Pecan Tart

For folks who like to cook and entertain, Thanksgiving dinner is kind of our Olympics. We are decathletes of starch and sugar and tryptophan, and Turkey Day is the ultimate endurance race. The day after, though, there are no laurel … Continue reading

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Spanakopita

Today’s recipe comes from Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook, the vegetarian classic that was my first real cookbook. I still have my splattered old copy, with its friendly hand-lettered recipes and little line drawings of dancing broccoli, and I remember feeling … 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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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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Roast Pork

Oh, honey. Sit down for a minute and let me tell you about this roast pork. The juicy, well-seasoned, flavorful meat. The woodsy bits of herbs and crispy, unctuous, oh-dear-Lord cracklings. (I mean, come on. Cracklings.) Your butcher will do … Continue reading

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Warm Kabocha Squash Salad

Kabochas are a Japanese variety of winter squash (most of the crop here in California gets exported to Japan, though they’ve enjoyed an uptick in popularity), squat green pumpkins that average between 2-3 pounds. They’re wonderfully sweet and yielding when … Continue reading

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Clementine Muffins

Clementines are a type of mandarin orange, a botanical cousin (or sibling, maybe? Biology 101, anyone?) to both the satusma (Japanese mandarins) and tangerines (Mediterranean mandarins, named for the Moroccan city of Tangier). The modern orange, with a tangled family … Continue reading

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Spiced Cocktail Nuts

This, friends, was a totally last-minute recipe. As of 8:30 this morning, I’d completely forgotten to test a single recipe (let alone write anything) for this week’s post (we’ve been having leftover soup and roast chicken and takeout from the … Continue reading

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