Monthly Archives: February 2011

Israeli Couscous Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, Pistachios, and Hummus Vinaigrette

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Ever since Juliana posted about the clean and easy pomegranate-seeding method she discovered, I’ve been keeping my eye out for recipes that use those precious little sweet-tart jewels—recipes I might have dismissed out of hand before I learned this magical … Continue reading

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Gjetost Cheese. Love it? Hate it? Post your vote!

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If you’re familiar with gjetost cheese, chances are good that you’ve already formed a strong opinion about it. Like marzipan or Vegemite, Norwegian gjetost (pronounced yet-toast) is considered by some to be an acquired taste, and can be a particularly … Continue reading

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Smoky Tea-Chile-Rubbed Salmon with Lemon-Scallion Rice (No Gadgets Required!)

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I confess, I am a total gadget fiend. From food processors to smart phones, I find it simply impossible to resist the lure of those shiny  machines that promise to make my life easier, happier, more interesting. My love affairs … Continue reading

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Sweets for my Sweet: Valentine’s Day Bittersweet Chocolate-Hazelnut Truffles

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Sure, Valentine’s Day is one of those commercial holidays, created by the axis of evil made up of greeting card companies, candy makers, and florists solely for the purpose of guilt-tripping us into giving them our money. I know this, … Continue reading

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Gomashio Obsession Launched by Stocking-Stuffer

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Spending Christmas day at my brother-in-law’s family home, with his mother, Linda—a great comfort food cook and master pie baker—has become one of my favorite holiday traditions. This post, however, is not about creamy mashed potatoes, or tender turkey, or … Continue reading

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Mango Coconut Ice Cream Dreams

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A few months ago, when my sweet little niece was around two-and-a-half, my mother and I took her to one of Mom’s favorite candy shops here in San Francisco. She marched straight to the tiny ice cream counter at back … Continue reading

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