Category Archives: Small Plates

Curry Hummus with Jalapeno, Cilantro + a Secret

Curry hummus on my mind. See, it’s January 8, it’s cold, it’s raining, and I just made a big batch of homemade pita bread. I need something to dip it in, and I want something spicy and flavorful, hearty and … Continue reading

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Superfood Kale Salad with Miso Dressing

  I know kale salads are yesterday’s news, but this one—with miso dressing, toasted almonds, dried blueberries, and sautéed mushrooms—is so good that it has replaced all other kale salads in my book. It has become my go-to healthy salad. … 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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Fuyu Persimmons with Savory Goat Cheese Pasta

Fuyu persimmons are almost too gorgeous to eat. Bright orange and shiny, they hang from their branches like holiday ornaments, brightening the gray fall skies. In season from mid-October through December, fuyu persimmons grow all over my neighborhood, but judging … 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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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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Spaghetti Squash Carbonara with Pecorino Romano

If you’re ever invited to a seven-course Pecorino Romano-themed dinner party — especially at San Francisco’s Cookhouse, a glamorous culinary event venue located  upstairs from Vesuvio bar with a stunning view of the heart of North Beach — say YES! … 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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