• Green Couscous

    Thursday, 05 July 2018

    It’s early June but feels like August. That’s good and not good. Good because we can go to the beach already and the water is warm enough for a swim. Good because all of the summer fruits are in full swing and they’re delicious this year including watermelon, corn, peaches, early apricots, early tomatoes, plums, nectarines, sugar snap peas, zucchini, summer squash, chiles, eggplants. We’re cooking and eating all the summer things. Good because school is out and the traffic is lighter. Good because days are long and seem to linger. Good because it’s time to go barefoot without a sweater. Good because the Hollywood Bowl is super nice on a balmy summer night. Good because it’s baseball season which makes me think about...

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  • Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Dried Cherries

    Thursday, 12 April 2018

    This recipe is my dear neighbor Lisa Zimble’s favorite. She likes it so much that she has declared a ‘cookie war’ to challenge this recipe as the best cookie recipe ever. I’m totally not a fan of white chocolate. But I have to say that I like this recipe and the white chocolate chips are not offensive. However. . .. Lisa, I can’t say that I think it’s the best cookie recipe ever. I still think that the chocolate chunk shortbread from last week reigns. . .. I’m counting on David Paris to concur but we shall see. Anyone else got one? Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Dried Cherries (- Melissa Clark NYT) Preheat oven to 350° Ingredients: 8 ounces (227 grams) bittersweet chocolate 60-70%...

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  • Roasted Carrot Salad

    Thursday, 22 March 2018

    I was visiting at the home of my neighbor Nancy Paris the day of the Academy Awards –I was there for the daily puppy play party that takes place on the Paris patio. Nancy was making a very beautiful platter of carrots and blood oranges for an Oscar party she was going to attend. The platter looked delicious. The recipe is Ludo Lefebvre’s and was brought to us by NYT’s Sam Sifton. We had dinner guests on Saturday, the Karanik-Toys (Theresa and Alan) and the Cranes (Lauri and Dennis) and I could not wait to make it for them. It is a gem of a recipe – complicated at first glance – but not really. It is beautiful and delicious. Thanks Nancy for your inspiration!! Ludo Lefebvre’s Roasted-Carrot Salad (-Sam...

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  • Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

    Friday, 16 March 2018

    The hunt for the perfect, crispy, delicious wafer cookie continues. I can’t say this cookie is a wafer but it’s certainly crisp and delicious. Also, it has chocolate. I’d say Bingo! on this one, and the consensus around the house was 100% excellent cookie. I will say no more other than this is a Must Try. Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies (-NYT) Ingredients: 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp salted butter, cold, cut into ½-inch pieces ½ cup (101 grams) granulated sugar ¼ cup (55 grams) light brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 ½ cups (326 grams) all-purpose flour 6 ounces (170 grams) semi-sweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped, not too fine, you want chunks, not shards 1 egg, beaten demerara sugar for...

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  • Butter Wafers

    Friday, 16 March 2018

    I returned from two weeks in Cambodia (Phnom Penh) and Myanmar with an obsession for thin crispy wafer cookies. I know that sounds odd – even to me. It would make more sense if I returned with an obsession for Shan Noodles or Green Papaya salad – two things that I really loved eating in Mayanmar but it was the thin, crispy, wafer cookies (often green – matcha?) that really got me and I have been working on perfecting them since my return. I travelled to Phnom Penh and then to Yangon with Marianne Kooimans of Koko fame (kokovenice.com). Marianne has fabric cutters and sewers and shoe makers and weavers in Phnom Penh where she has a loft/studio; she buys fabrics, jewelry and antiquities in Yangon; and zippers in Bangkok (where...

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