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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gluten-free! karlie’s kookies at home.

I’ve been known to dabble in vegan and gluten-free cooking, and have done stints of vegetarianism and raw food-ism (coincidentally, during the period of time that I was doing 6 days of yoga a week).  But these days, I am very much an omnivore – I eat what I want to.  That doesn’t change my […]

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