Jam Hearts
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JAM HEARTS

A jam heart is the kind of cookie you’d expect to find resting on a lace doily beside a steaming cup of tea. They look more complicated than they are: all you need are two sizes of the same-shaped cookie cutter, sugar cookie dough, raspberry jam, and powdered sugar. The original Linzer hearts have ground nuts in the dough, are rolled out very thinly, and look exquisitely perfect, but this heart recipe is the kind of cookie that you want […]

Vegetable Dill Soup with Poached Egg
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VEGETABLE DILL SOUP WITH POACHED EGG

I grew up on a grape farm, an idyllic place with orchards and vineyards, green woods to play in, and a fishing pond ringed with wild roses. We lived on the farm with my grandmother until I was five, while my parents saved up to build their own house down the road. My grandmother used to make this soup – it was her variation on potato soup, which was a frequent meal for her family during the Depression. Despite its […]

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MILK CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

Now that we’ve all become used to dark chocolate in a multitude of cacao percentages with elaborate flavors cleverly added for extra oomph, look what’s making a comeback – milk chocolate! How we’ve missed you! The smoothness and sweetness that literally melts in your mouth is a happy, long-forgotten childhood memory. I saw this recipe in a Gourmet magazine issue on comfort foods and was immediately drawn to it. With all of us food bloggers bent on creating new and […]

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ROASTED CHICKEN STUFFED WITH FIGS AND RICE

Who doesn’t love a one-dish dinner? Protein, fruit, veggies, nuts and carbs – this recipe has it all. You don’t need to wait for fresh figs to show up at the grocery to make this – just use dried figs, soak them, and drain and it’s every bit as delicious. This is perfect for a cold weekend when you don’t feel like cooking. Pop this in the oven on Friday night and you can nibble all weekend long. Ihope you […]

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SON OF A BEE

SON OF A BEE Hinoki and the Bird is one of my favorite places to eat in Los Angeles. It’s a Japanese-meets-American-small-plates restaurant that seems to get everything right, from the gorgeous cocktails to the smoky hinoki black cod. I had a son of a bee-sting there not long ago and fell in love – but it’s not a cocktail that is widely known, so I’ve learned to make it myself. (If you’re a Ron Burgundy fan, you’ll recognize this […]