Category Archives: Gastronomy

Roast Chicken for Dad

There are at least 400 ways to roast a chicken. Most of those recipes are great. I’m adding this one to the mix. It’s pretty standard and simple, and it works like a charm. This weekend, my father came to … Continue reading

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Pear Bread 2 Ways

I’m obsessed with fruit and vegetable breads. Think: banana, zucchini, pumpkin, and so on. I’ve been wanting to try apple bread for awhile. On a recent Sunday, I found that the apples I purchased for this purpose were total crap. … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Since the age of 12, I’ve been on a quest to find the most perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. My ideal cookie: slightly crisp edges, chewy center. This recipe delivers. My grandfather turned 85 this week. He is one of … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in review

*Things the bird was stuffed with. Thanksgiving is, and has always been, my favorite holiday. Every thanksgiving, my mom always invited people over who needed a place to go. There were friends who couldn’t travel to see their families, or … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Bread

This is my favorite time of year. Even L.A. gets its own kind of fall. The food mascot of fall (for me) is squash (all kinds). Last weekend, my love affair was with pumpkin. I seem to always have extra … Continue reading

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Quinoa and Spinach Salad with Roasted Asparagus

Months ago, I ate a Black Quinoa salad at Surfas. It was one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten. I catered a wedding shower this past weekend, and I decided to try to replicate the Surfas salad. For whatever … Continue reading

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French Lentil Soup

I make lentil soup more than any other soup (in fact, have we talked about it before? I can’t remember). I don’t get sick of it. It’s a perfect lunch. It’s a perfect dinner. It’s a perfect soup. *Topped with … Continue reading

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Ottolenghi – Link and Rec

I highly recommend this cookbook: It’s great for vegetarians, but it’s also great if you’re just looking to expand your side-dish repetoire. The cover image recipe (a baked eggplant dish) is INSANELY good. This is a good demo of the … Continue reading

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Rosemary Pecans

This is a very quick and easy recipe I came up with one day when I was looking for a way to make a salad slightly more interesting. I’ve had rosemary in roasted nuts before, but there’s something about rosemary … Continue reading

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Holiday Brisket

Hi y’all. It’s been a long time (sadly). Lately I haven’t been personal chef-ing full time. I’ve been doing it on the side. It’s a long story involving how I got fired after 3 days by a famous hollywood director … Continue reading

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