me versus the meringue.

My father-in-law is the undisputed king of meringue in the family – I’ve never seen someone whip up a batch so effortlessly.  I always get nervous when making meringue – will it be too dry? Too tacky? It’s a crapshoot every time, at least for me.  But when I saw these gorgeous organic raspberries at […]

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nigella lawson’s decadent polenta cake

I don’t really watch a lot of cooking television, but I happened upon an episode of Nigella Lawson’s show where she made this simple cake with lemon drizzle that literally made my mouth water.  This recipe has always stuck in my mind, but I never really got around to trying it, until Jules brought home […]

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when life hands you apples…

Apples are one of my favorite fruits – especially when it’s apple season (aka, right now).  I’ll go through a bag of apples really quickly, either throwing them into smoothies or eating them as snacks.  But it has happened on occasion where I forget that I have them on hand (don’t ask, I have no idea […]

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mad about matcha cheesecake

Get excited – I’m about to rock your world with this raw, vegan, gluten-free “cheesecake” that neither cheese nor cake. Before you roll your eyes and groan, trust me when I say even the most skeptical dessert aficionados will like this one (I tested this on my meat & dairy-loving neighbor). THE SKINNY ON MATCHA […]

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alfajores. {argentina}

Alfajores are a delicious, delicate cookie from South America.  Filled with an unctuous dollop of dulce de leche, they are lightweight and seem to melt in your mouth.  When I worked at Williams-Sonoma HQ, we got to taste a few versions of these, one that was dipped entirely in chocolate (so sinfully delicious).  This recipe […]

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quince: the golden apple of antiquity

A month or so ago, I was invited down to my aunt’s property in Ben Lomond, California, where she and her husband keep a beautiful garden and orchard.  She is a food stylist by trade, and was someone who (unbeknownst to her) was very influential in my being interested in cooking.  Long story short, we […]

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what to do with 20 lbs. of apples.

As I mentioned in my previous post about pumpkins, we recently traveled about an hour north of San Francisco to catch the last of the apple harvest at a pick-it-yourself ranch up off of the Gravenstein Highway.  We ended up at Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch in Sebastopol, five acres of beautiful trees and lovely fruit.  There […]

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what to do with a bowl of cherries?

The first time I ever had a proper clafoutis, was at a summer barbecue at my dear friend Gianna’s house.  One of the guests was a guy who grew up in San Francisco, but whose mother was French, and immersed him (and his brothers) in French culture, and of course, food.  I think they spent […]

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