Nutella Truffles

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I know, I know, you get it already:  I have a thing for Nutella. And yes, while I love my Nutella recipes, I also love Nutella right out of the jar. (Who wouldn’t?) And this “recipe,” my friends, is brilliant!  And ridiculous! My friend Aimeé was over and sampled these the first time I made […]

Chipotle Aioli

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I wouldn’t say that I freak out about germs too much.  I mean, believe me, I’m not thrilled when someone nearby lets out a giant sneeze without bothering to contain the blast.  And yes, I do wash my hands a few times a day.  But I think I’m pretty normal in that department. However, when […]

Fried Egg Sandwich Recipe

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The other day, I met a friend at the super delicious Rustic Canyon restaurant in Santa Monica.  They have a burger that I’ve been dying to try. Turns out they’re closed for lunch!  (Really!?) So we went across the street to Huckleberry (same owners).  Just about everything at Huckleberry is also fantastic, and for the […]

Friday Flowers: Christmas Holly and Spiced Almond-Apple-Persimmon Bread

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If I ask my dad about a plant or flower that I’ve seen in the Santa Monica mountains, he’s either very proud to tell me that it’s a native or almost annoyed to tell me it’s not.  I think it’s funny.  It’s almost like he’s defending the mountains . . . “You know, that’s not […]

Braised Brisket Stew

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The mere thought of cooking something slowly in the oven all day gets me excited! This is my favorite type of cooking.  I’m talking about cooking that is slow and that completely transforms food into something even more flavorful and delicious.  This is comfort food kind of cooking.  You need to love flavor and cooking […]

Gluten-Free Potato Pancakes with Red Onion-Apple Compote

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My mom and my aunt used to spend hours in the kitchen together making potato pancakes.  And I mean hours! I loved those hours! They’d grate and grate potatoes, fry and fry the pancakes, and talk and laugh — a lot! These cooking get-togethers usually took place around Hanukkah — and sometimes they happened without […]

Holiday Hors D’Oeuvre Party!

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People ask me for catering recommendations all the time. I always say the same thing — Garrick & Miller Fine Catering (mrsjam30@aol.com)!  Always! Their food is unbelievably delicious and simply beautiful.  And they happen to be two of the loveliest people I know! While Grrick & Miller cater all types of parties, their specialty is […]

Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Peas on Wonton Crisps

Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Peas on Wonton Crisps

It’s really a shame my husband doesn’t eat shellfish.  Really, it is!  (His reason has to do with something about them being in a shell — don’t ask.) Scallops are one my absolute favorite things.  When they’re cooked to perfection — please don’t overcook them! — they’re sweet, buttery, rich, and beautiful. And when this […]

Tomato-Rosemary Confit Croustades

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You know that I eat Nutella right out of the jar?  Well, I also eat Tomato-Rosemary Confit out of the jar!  It’s absolutely divine (and an obviously healthier choice — though I’m not giving the former up)! Sweet and savory, rich and full of flavor — these oven roasted tomatoes are amazing! This is the […]

Friday Flowers: Red Succulents and Cream of Chestnut-Potato Soup Recipe

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A friend of mine recently asked me what Friday Flowers is all about, and if I cook with the flowers.  No, I don’t.  (Well, very rarely — Nastursiums for example, are tasty and edible.)  However, Friday Flowers is really about how certain flowers make me think about certain foods.  And on most Friday’s, I share […]

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