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Strawberry Soba

Strawberry Soba Noodle Salad

To me, there is nothing more refreshing for a warm-weather meal than a cold noodle salad. Although adding strawberries to a salad like this may seem unusual — and it is — the combination really works. The juiciness of the berries adds a cool and sweet-tart contrast to the slight spiciness of the peppers and…

Apricot Pavlova

Apricot Pavlova

Did you know that part of the reason it’s hard to find a tasty apricot is that the largest orchards in California used to be where Silicon Valley is now? This was the ideal place for apricots to grow, so sadly, we will never taste that particular fruit again. Cooking is the best way to…

Quinoa Bake

Cheesy Quinoa Bake

This versatile little savory cake is redolent with the familiar flavors of spanakopita; dill, spinach, and feta. It makes a great side dish, but also keeps and travels well, and is good at room temperature, making it perfect picnic and potluck fare.

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Strawberry Soba Noodle Salad

July 24, 2014

It may be a tad late in the (strawberry) season to be posting this, but it’s not too late to make this salad, which is perfect for this hot time of year. It’s a recipe I created for my Short Stack edition, which was published last year, that combines some rather unusual flavors to great…

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5 Ways to Keep a Kitchen Renovation on Track

June 25, 2013

My new kitchen, all framed out! Finally, a space I can walk in, rather than just imagine in a drawing. The three windows on the right will be in the kitchen and the two on the left are the dining room. A peninsula with the cook top will divide the two. Since March, I’ve been building…

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Short Stack Editions

June 4, 2013

I’m proud to announce a new collaboration with Short Stack Editions! Short Stack is a series of small-format cookbooks about inspiring ingredients, authored by America’s top culinary talents. Each edition is a collectible, single-subject, 50-page booklet packed with recipes that offer ingenious new ways to cook our favorite ingredients. I developed a cookbook around one…