Monthly Archives: April 2011

Grapefruit Macarons with Grapefruit Curd or Macaron Madness!!!

Every couple of weeks I crave macarons. No, I do not eat just one like a classy Frenchwoman. As my sister and I shout each fall when we see the signs for the Armenian Food Fair here in San Francisco, … Continue reading

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Colomba di Pasqua–Italian Easter Dove Bread

Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi. “Christmas with your family and Easter with whomever,” goes the saying in Italian. Well, as I sit here typing this post, my house is absolutely quiet with everyone else napping and I … Continue reading

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Pasta al Sole- “Sun Pasta” with sun-dried tomatoes, orange zest, fennel seed, and breadcrumbs

Spring is here, but it seems like it is coming at us two steps forward and one step back. Last week the thermometer climbed back to a temperature that my garden seemed to love and then the clouds and fog … Continue reading

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Rosewater Pistachio Meringues

I realized that I compulsively entered the kitchen twice fumbling around for another bite, or just crumbs even of my rosewater pistachio meringues. No luck. Someone finished them. It was my kids…..my husband……er, me. I have now reached the desperate … Continue reading

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Cumin-Cauliflower Fritters with Lime Yogurt Sauce

One of my favorite cookbooks is Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. The photos are gorgeous and artsy, depicting what seems like just my type of place. Big plates piled high with colorful salads and vegetables, a variety of beautiful meat dishes, and … Continue reading

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How to Build a Better Salad: Spring Beet, Carrot, Radish Salad with Spicy Lettuce and Parmigiano

I am a sucker for a great salad. If I go out to eat, I tell myself not to order salad because– just like pasta–I feel that I can make one that is equally delicious. Then I end up ordering … Continue reading

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Vegan Pumpkin, Farro, and White Bean Soup

After record rainfall this year, we had a teaser of spring last week. We wore shorts and skirts over here in San Francisco. We had a couple of picnic lunches in soft spring sunshine. We took a lot of long … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

Imagine a tiny dark chocolate cookie with 70% chocolate chunks, roasted pistachios, and delicate, barely there crystals of sea salt. It contains no eggs so it is actually a lot like a chocolate shortbread–just on this side of crunchy while … Continue reading

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Crumpets with Clotted Cream

I thought about splitting this into two posts–one for the crumpets and one for the clotted cream. You see, this week I tried out a new clotted cream recipe to compete with my golden standby. I scrapped “The Great Clotted … Continue reading

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Apple Oat Muffins with Brown Sugar Crunch

Going to bed, I don’t know exactly what I am going to fix the next morning for breakfast. We have to be out of the house by 8am and I have early risers, so often we have some sort of … Continue reading

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