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how to eat (a lot of) black radish

About a million years ago, long before I ever thought I would write a blog, let alone a book, I was invited to a friend’s home for Passover. Jean had a family, two kids, a dog, a house and school pickups and all those other things that I, single girl, city dweller, didn’t even have on […]

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palak (spinach) with homemade paneer cheese

A few times every month, I like to cook up an Indian dinner. Never just one dish or two, I crowd the table with daal, grilled flatbread or rice, chana masala and this, my all time favorite dish, palak paneer aka spinach with cheese. [But first! Today (Monday, Jan. 19), I will be joining Carla Hall […]

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I supersized Carol’s sensible skillet souffle

From time to time, Dennis says “I’m too tired to watch you cook.” Sometimes this means “Let’s order Thai food”. but it’s also  code for  “will you make Skillet Souffle?” I first came across  this Andrea Reusing recipe on In Medias Recipe, my friend Carol ‘s blog full of beautiful photographs from the Santa Barbara farmers market and gorgeous  dinners from […]

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a batch of granola

Today, the year stretches ahead languidly. It seems so grand and broad and big sky on January 2. But I know and you know, time passes quickly. I will not be surprised by this next December. I want to be prepared. There are only 357 days until Christmas, after all. I made granola this morning as my coffee was brewing. […]

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chocolate pimente d’espelette caramels and dreaming of Basquelandia

For the last several years, I have made Laura ‘s caramels (she writes the glorious Glutton For Life blog.) It’s a terrific recipe, just a little spicy, a little salty and perfectly chewy. The most challenging  part of the whole endeavor is cutting and wrapping  250 caramels. This year, I’ve adapted Laura’s recipe (and added a few hints to the […]