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When Life Goes Black: PB Pie for Mikey

08.13.2011

THIS PAST WEEK, a tragic thing happened to a member of the food blogging community. Jennifer Perillo, author of In Jennie’s Kitchen, unexpectedly lost her beloved husband Mikey (father to their two girls) to a heart attack. In one instant, her world turned upside-down. Suddenly, she must take one breath at a time and learn to [...]

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Crazy Good Peaches Come to Bellevue

07.23.2010
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CHANGE COMES FREQUENTLY, sometimes with unmistakable, irreversible authority—think of life’s extremes: birth, death, and the rites of passage in between. More often than not, however, change appears in subtler, everyday ways; the trick is to see and appreciate the significance.
A couple of weeks ago, my life changed with the deceptively simple appearance of fuzzy-skinned peaches.
I [...]

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Acropolis Pops

07.18.2010
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SUMMER IN THE CITY. Can’t say it’s my favorite. When the mercury reaches 100 degrees fahrenheit or more and it’s humid to boot, things get all out of whack. We stew in our own juices, bake in the corridors of urban concrete. Tempers flare; patience (mine anyway) gets pretty much liquified as well. Don’t get [...]

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Emergency Cookies

05.19.2010
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BEST LAID PLANS often go awry, especially in a house that shelters a seven-year-old boy. Well, let it be said: a seven-year-old boy plus a forty-something man, plus me—the only one here with double-X chromosomes and plummeting estrogen levels. Sometimes the plan is for nothing other than a calm morning or evening, and yet . . [...]

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Mom’s Tea Therapy

05.10.2010
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I RECEIVED FLOWERS for Mother’s Day, as I’m sure did countless moms across the country—a bouquet from the corner store and a cluster of purple pansies in a terra cotta pot that my son drew on with markers as part of a “parent project” at school. Flowers are lovely, but every mother knows that these [...]

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It’s Not the Heat . . .

05.05.2010
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IT’S THE BUTTERCREAM. If the one doesn’t sap your energy, the other will buzz you good. The two combined make for a melted mess. This pretty much sums up the past week for me, and gives a hint at my recent lapse in posting. That’s right, you can blame it on buttercream—that tooth-achingly sweet frosting [...]

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Lima Love: Salad with Two Greek Cheeses

04.20.2010
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RESPECT YOUR BEANS. That’s the order of the day. Specifically, you should give the lowly lima bean its due. That’s right, everyone, April 20 is officially “Lima Bean Respect Day.” Lest you doubt my word, there’s even an e-card to prove the day exists (Hallmark’s got nothing on Ecardia, creator of the illustration shown above).
Of [...]

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Tsoureki Bread Pudding

04.05.2010
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EASTER HAS ENDED, and the food coma is starting to wear off, finally. After copious portions of lamb and lemony roasted potatoes, after way too many eggs and koulouria and slices of tsoureki, the Greek Easter bread . . . You notice that there’s still quite a bit of everything left over. What to do [...]

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Count the Ways: Curried Yogurt Eggs

04.03.2010
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I LOVE EGGS. I could count the ways, but I don’t want to bore you. I love them, and yet . . . at this time of year, I seem always to run out of ideas for them, at least in their boiled form. Easter approaches; the pleasure of coloring eggs comes and goes (you [...]

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Kokkinopefti: Red Eggs and Koulouria

04.01.2010
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THE RED FALLS. In Greek you say Kokkinopefti, and this very literal, symbolic description serves as one popular name for the day, Holy Thursday. The red comes down, washing what it may. In this case, eggs for Easter.
In Greece on Great Thursday—what some call Maundy Thursday in English (and which, when I was little, I heard [...]

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In Praise of Tsoureki

03.30.2010
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IT HAS RISEN. It has risen indeed. And it’s damn good, if I say so myself.
Some background: the Greek in me simply does not consider it a proper Easter without a loaf of Tsoureki on the table. Pronounced “soo-REH-kee,” this festival bread is similar to challah with its sweet, eggy, cake-like charms. I have been [...]

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