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Blood Orange Olive Salsa with Feta and Mint

03.16.2010
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GREEK IDENTITY is heavily marked by the country’s position at the crossroads of Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East. Head west from the Peloponnese, and you end up at the sole (or southern soul?) of Italy’s boot. Motor north and hit Albania, Macedonia, or Bulgaria. Turkey and the Middle East are within spitting distance—not [...]

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Chocolate Walnut Fig Cake With Grappa & Cardamom Cream

02.12.2010
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FORGET THE KIDS. They’re sleeping (maybe at Nona’s house). Or there aren’t any. My Friendship Day Marshmallows post was for them. This, though . . . This is for adults only.
For all my soapbox talk about how anyone—coupled, single; young, old, or in between—should be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it is still true that [...]

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Toot the Horn, Eat a Quiche: Great News to Share

02.04.2010

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MY MOM AND I used to laugh about a silly thing we saw one day while navigating traffic in Los Angeles: a woman eating a banana while driving, intermittently blowing her horn to urge cars forward. It wasn’t so much what she was doing as how she did it, each activity with gusto. [...]

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Resolution: Eat Interesting Salads

01.07.2010

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS? Sure, I make them. They kick in on January 7.
Now, you might wonder: why do I wallow in an extra week of decadence and bad habits, when most people have been subjecting themselves to the honorable ritual of self-improvement for a full six days already? Is it some strain of rebellious DNA? [...]

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“Bonne Année” Du Puy Lentil Soup

12.29.2009

WE LAUGH ABOUT lentils, but it’s like laughing with them, not at them. We laugh because one year a box burst open in my mother-in-law’s luggage; we spent twenty minutes picking tiny green bits out of her sweaters, skirts, shoes, and undergarments, and even then I think some made it back home with her. For [...]

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Irish Thanksgiving Mash-Up

11.13.2009

GUACAMOLE, YOU SAY? Some kind of curry salad? Let me give you a hint: see those spuds in the background? That’s right, you’re looking at a lovely bowl of spicy sweet potatoes, just in time for Thanksgiving. Although the orange color (lightened with cream) does not pop in the photo, you can see the green. That’s [...]

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“Sweet Heat” Grilled Prosciutto & Smoked Gouda Sandwich

10.17.2009

SMOKED AND CURED ingredients have historically meant preservation during long, harsh winters, while the hearty bulk of whole-grain bread provides lasting energy to get through the day. Here, smoked Dutch gouda and air-dried prosciutto lend depth to a grilled sandwich that’s kissed by the surprising sweet heat of plum chutney. Held between slices of seeded [...]

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