Category Archives: Appetizers

Gluten Free Pie Crust #RecipeMakeover

Disclaimer: I received a free jar of Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil to try for this post. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. Gluten-free pie crust has been a source of frustration and many a mediocre … Continue reading

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Salt Cod Tartlets with Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce

Salt cod—or any salt fish—is one of life’s beautiful accidents, a genius invention born of necessity. Way back when, before refrigeration, some brilliant person (or people) thought to pack fish in salt to preserve it. The salt not only enhances … Continue reading

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Roasted Carrot Spread with North African Spices

Roasted Carrot Spread is the answer to your appetizer dreams. Flavored with olive oil, tahini, and North African spices (fennel, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, smoked paprika), it is pretty much the best thing since hummus. And let’s face it, as great … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Pizza in a Cast Iron Skillet

Prepare to have your mind blown. The best gluten free pizza comes from a classic Italian recipe. It’s a traditional recipe, called farinata (it’s called socca in france), that uses chickpea flour. Cook it in your cast-iron skillet and you’ll … Continue reading

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Homemade Paneer–So Easy, So Delicious

I love Indian food, but I’ve never been crazy about the paneer I’ve had either at my local Indian restaurants or the stuff I can buy at the market. So, obviously, I had to eventually try my hand at making … Continue reading

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Red Hot Cauliflower Wings for My Valentine #FoodBloggerLove

If you’ve read anything here at all, you know that we lazy gourmets love a recipe that’s simple, delicious, and healthy. But you know what we love even more? An easy recipe that calls for ingredients that we already have … Continue reading

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Turning Found Fruit into Treasured Quince Jelly (Super Simple Recipe!)

I’ve always gotten a kick out of “finding” food and turning it into something delicious like quince jelly. At my first sleep-away camp at age 7, my buddies and I plucked huckleberries from vines alongside a hiking trail. We proundly … Continue reading

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Herb Mayonnaise and More at SF Cooking School

People assume that since I’m a freelance food writer, I must eat amazing meals—like the heirloom tomato sandwich with homemade herb mayonnaise pictured above—all the time. The truth is a bit more dismal. Lunch usually involves snacking on random leftovers … Continue reading

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Char Siu Bao (Steamed BBQ Pork Buns)—Weeknight Easy

I don’t know what magic was at work, but apparently, I once had all the time in the world. I know this because I have vivid memories of spending countless hours in the kitchen happily infusing oils, kneading dough, hand-making … Continue reading

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Thai Chicken Satay

After spending a few weeks in the polar vortex, my family and I returned to the Bay Area in mid-January to discover that summer has come early this year. Really early. Dire drought emergency and looming water rationing aside, I … Continue reading

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