Thanksgiving

Foolproof mashed potatoes

23 November 2016
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I finally figured out the best way for a distracted cook to manage homemade mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. No peeler, no risk of overcooked spuds – just potatoes, butter and milk in the most fuss-free and relaxed method I’ve found. Here’s the trick: quickly score each potato around the center before boiling them whole. You […]

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Pumpkin bread with chocolate

16 November 2016
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I have a beef with pumpkin breads that aren’t pumpkiny. A drier bread makes for easy cutting and tidy presentation, but the pumpkin bread I want to eat is a little soft, with big sticky crumbs, and super rich with pumpkin flavor. In Ohio we live for pumpkin bread, from a little bakery called Beehive […]

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Brussels sprouts Gjelina

25 February 2016
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Brussels sprouts may sound like a curious substitute for birthday cake, but today’s veggie delight will be appreciated by my lovely pal Anne in Venice, California, who lives down the coast from the Santa Monica pier and down the street from Gjelina, the restaurant that in a few short years has exploded from neighborhood eatery […]

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Roast turkey – split and dry brined

14 November 2015
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Every Thanksgiving I try a new turkey method – different turkey, different brine, different roasting method – and though I’ve had a lot of really good results, I’m never convinced enough to call a winner. Some are easy but meh, or great but too messy/involved. Last year I tried two new approaches: 1) splitting the […]

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Buttermilk cornbread

30 October 2015
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It’s Halloween tomorrow, and I have two recipes to share: the perfect cornbread (because chili and cornbread is such a perfect pre-trick-or-treating meal) and caramel dip for fall’s fresh apples. Cornbread first, because dinner before dessert. Often cornbread has a slightly off taste, and it’s almost always because the baking soda or baking powder amount […]

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Roasted brussels sprouts salad

20 November 2014
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Back in 1999, when brussels sprouts were far from cool, San Francisco chef Gordon Drysdale put on the menu of his new restaurant a salad made of brussels sprouts leaves, briefly sauteed in olive oil and tossed with bacon, caramelized onions, hard-boiled egg and a red wine vinaigrette – and immediately obliterated the childhood memories […]

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Carrot ginger soup

24 April 2014
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I came out of my quiet little blogging closet to drum up votes for the Saveur award (I was scared to have a vote count so dismal the Saveur editors would reconsider their nomination, so thanks very much to those of you who took action to my plea!), and now I find it funny that […]

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Apple snacking cake

13 February 2014
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It’s been quite a week, my friends. I’m digging into my Mary Poppins bag of tricks and pulling it all out: perspective, persistence, love, gratitude, humor – thank God for humor – and cake. I made this cake three times in January for birthdays and other gatherings, and the reaction in my house was never […]

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Christmas colcannon

17 December 2013
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It’s hit-and-miss with our annual potato dish for Christmas dinner. In ambitious years I try something new, like Ruth Reichl’s gratin dauphinois (not such a hit, but it made good leftover soup). In lazy years we bake whole potatoes and have everyone load them up as they like. But this year, colcannon – mashed potatoes […]

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Cornbread stuffing with sausage and apples

21 November 2013
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I’ve never had Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant, unless you count my honeymoon, on which my husband and I had our Thanksgiving meal at Round Table Pizza in Bali (weird but true) before flying home to feast on my mom’s glorious leftovers. The adventure of putting the meal together – always a shared effort, never […]

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