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Category Archives: Sides

La Ensalada Valenciana

La Ensalada Valenciana

I’ve been thinking lately about the places that most matter to us—those that are not just objectively special, but also subjectively so. Some places we can all agree are extraordinary: famed vacation destinations, the national parks, hip new restaurants, the long-lived classics. Most people can at least appreciate the charms of New York City and […]

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Summer Ease | Watermelon & Feta Salad

Summer Ease | Watermelon & Feta Salad

It is summer, which means it’s time for another simple salad! This is basically how I cook from June through September—it’s hot, the produce is perfect and the evenings are long. Why spend the night cooking when you can assemble something equally delicious in minutes? Our trip to Paris in June didn’t help this inclination. […]

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On Time & Toast | Whipped Ricotta Toasts

On Time & Toast | Whipped Ricotta Toasts

This year has been moving quickly over here in my corner, but I’ve struggled to put my finger on why. I often mark seasons with trips, visitors and big events, and I’ve had few of these so far. The weather has been strange, slipping into warm spring temperatures for a day or two, then back […]

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Hello, Spring! | Asparagus Four Ways

Hello, Spring! | Asparagus Four Ways

Spring, for me, is when food feels most profound. The produce that emerges at this time of year is vibrant and bright, a burst of freshness, perfectly reflective of the emotional state that we find ourselves in after a cold, rainy and/or snowy winter. The idea of life emerging from the earth is pronounced after […]

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Avocado, Citrus & Fennel Salad for Winter

Avocado, Citrus & Fennel Salad for Winter

Winter in California will always feel like spring to me, because it feels like spring in the Midwest—my home, the place whose rhythms beat in my chest no matter where I go. It’s not just because we go back to Michigan for the holidays and this is the very welcome weather we return to in […]

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