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Cucumber-infused vodka + tomato water = a Bloody Mary without the blood.
My current obsession: Watermelon salad.
A kicked-up picnic of Southern classics with an Asian flair.
What to do with housemade duck prosciutto? Hors d'oeuvres of course, but how about some tortellini in brodo?
Several weeks and many massages later: Hoshigaki, from my basement.
Got extra pizza dough and toppings from last night's dinner? Try a little wake and bake.
A simple mix of cucumbers, mint and seasoned rice vinegar, waks up lamb: Cold vs. hot; bright vs. earthy; crisp vs. chewy; herbal vs. gamy.
Crack those pits! Noyaux can give your apricot jam a haunting almondy goodness. Yes, it's cyanide, but in small amounts it's delicious, not deadly.
A springy and fresh snap pea salad. Savor the peaness. Wait, that came out wrong.
Strawberry jam with balsamic and black pepper. You know you want some.
Green Goddess dressing: A San Francisco classic, and a versatile player in the kitchen.
Stuffed artichokes like mom used to make, only a little updated.
Wine made as it was in the time of Jesus, distributed on a local scale and in enviro-friendly reusable containers. This is Kool Aid I can drink.
Homemade guanciale and spaghetti all'amatriciana. The hard part is finding the hog jowls.
Cream of curried parsnip soup
White pizza -- a regional taste of Schenectady, NY and some rockin' good homemade dough.
Summer's bounty makes for a super easy, super flavorful Italian vegetable stew.
Skip the boring burgers -- treat yourself to a clambake!
Kanom krok: A taste of Thailand at the Hillcrest Farmers Market in San Diego
Strawberries. Chocolate. What more do I have to say?
What happens when you mix Girl Scout cookies and boubon? Why, a Thin Mint Julep, of course.
Spare yourself the green beer and go for a hardy NorCal brew with hints of citrus, elderflower and Humboldt County.
I'm no fan of low-fat, low-flavor recipes, but sometimes the reconstruction is better than the real thing.
How do you endure the dreary days of winter? Break out the rum and get your tiki on.
Water is surely the next major crisis, but to hear my husband, you'd think it was ice. Crisis averted.
The holy trinity of American condiments -- ketchup, mustard and relish -- each with a twist. Take that, Heinz!
The Kobe beef of persimmons: Hoshigaki are enjoyed as a tea sweet in Japan, but also nice in a winter salad
Ham? Ho-hum. And don't give me no jive turkey. This year, it's boar for the holidays.
Porcini gelee, brussels sprout, chestnut puree: An elegant amuse bouche and homage to Alinea
I'd eat almost anything at the end of a pick, but most especially coppa-wrapped persimmons
By using only white cheeses and rolling them into individual bites, the humble cheese ball becomes a dainty and elegant hors d'oeuvre.
Method and madness in holiday entertaining: A dinner party for 12 from soup to nuts. Literally.
Green brains? No, black cabbage - the essential ingredient to a super satisfying Tuscan soup. Or is it soups?
We're all under pressure these days. Sometimes that's a good thing. Pressure cookers save time and money, and are safe and easy to use.