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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.

Chocolate Beet Cake

Chocolate Beet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

You might be surprised that there are a full two cups of cooked beets in this moist chocolate cake. You wouldn’t know it by tasting it or by looking at the baked cake, but the batter will be bright pink in the mixing bowl.

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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…


Designing Smart Kitchen Storage

May 1, 2013

Originally published on Food52 As an avid and active home cook, and a food professional who uses her home kitchen as her workspace, the biggest thing I find lacking in my ordinary, kind of well-organized kitchen is good storage space. Here’s a view of my cramped yet efficient kitchen. It requires constant effort to keep…

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