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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 […]

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it’s time to make the donuts

Hanukkah, the eight day holiday that began last night, is also called the Festival of Light. For me, it’s the festival of delicious foods. Latkes, fried potato pancakes, are probably  the most well known of all the holiday treats. But donuts should get some love, too. Zufganyot, or jelly donuts, have a place on every holiday table. They are surprisingly […]

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spiced sugared pecans, hostessing, gifting and signed books!

Dear friends, The holidays are upon us. There’s no turning back. There are a few sure ways to make it the jolliest time of the year. And I’ll tell you about that in just a moment. And about some excellent spiced sugared pecans. But first…. let me help you get a special gift for someone […]