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cucumber lemonade


I began this summer by expressing, in no uncertain terms, just how terrible New York City summers really are — sticky airlessness occasionally broken up by eerily refreshing droplets of cool water on your head that turn out to be filthy window a/c run-off, and you know, given that NYC lets people with absolutely no relevant skills install their own window a/c units, you might not want to walk underneath them at all, is all I’m saying.

cauliflower slaw


Given my druthers, a word I’ve been looking for an excuse to type in a sentence for at least eight years, I would never choose a salad with lettuce in it over one that’s mostly shaved or shredded raw vegetables.

herbed tomato and roasted garlic tart


I had a friend in town this week and just when we were at the point in the conversation when we’d usually pick a place to meet for lunch, something terrible happened.

chocolate and toasted hazelnut milk


Like most people with at least a passing interest in foods made from recognizable ingredients, I’ve heard a lot about almond milk in the last decade.

corn, cheddar and scallion strata


I have a lot of feelings about lunch boxes, none of them especially genial. But as this teeny tiny person that I only just recently brought home from the hospital, barely able to utter a “beh” and now able to fill a 2-hour car ride back from a beach house with all the words every uttered (hm, wonder where he gets it) begins kindergarten this week, and will do so with a lunchbox in hand, I’ve realized that the only way to move forward with my grouchy feelings about lunch boxes is to air them here, in this town’s square, and then move on.

strawberries and cream with graham crumbles


To unforgivably botch something great, if all of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone, I’m starting to believe that all of Smitten Kitchen’s problems stem from my inability to leave exquisitely simple things like berries and cream alone.

smoky eggplant dip


The first weeks in a new apartment are always about comparisons: The living room is smaller; the kid’s room is a little bigger.

raspberry swirl cheesecake


It’s been a little quiet around here this week and I bet you already know why: moving out is the easy part!

apricot pistachio squares


Let me just get the obvious out of the way because I know what you’re thinking: what am I doing here?

cold noodles with miso, lime and ginger


Because we did not move this past weekend after all, we ended up with a bit of free time which we used to do some overdue purging.

blueberry crumb cake


Theoretically, we are supposed to move this Saturday, but evidence is mounting — in the form of a kitchen without countertops or appliances, a toilet in the middle of the living room, and a peeling, black bathtub that looks like the kind place you’d find a horror movie victim — that it might not happen.

three-ingredient summertime salsa


There’s nothing worth eating in Texas that Lisa Fain can’t teach you to make better in your own kitchen, from perfect, simple carnitas, kolaches, and chicken-fried steak to breakfast tacos, frito pie and peach buttermilk ice cream, plus two cookbooks worth of wonders (drool break for the buttermilk and bacon fat flour tortillas from her latest) but my favorite recipe of hers uses only three ingredients and is addictive enough to put on everything.

bourbon slush punch


Nothing to see here, guys. Really, you wouldn’t like this. Who’d want to drink a half-frozen blend of strong tea, lemonade, orange juice and bourbon garnished with fresh mint on a sticky, hot summer day?

summer squash gratin with salsa verde


For someone who has, at best, only moderate interest in eating all things zucchini and summer squash, this site’s archives tell different story.

grilled peach splits + news!


The problem, if there could be one, is that if a 30-something with a kid out of diapers ever says to a group of people, “I have news!

easiest fridge dill pickles


Every summer, I make a note on my Oh My God Good Vegetables Are Finally Here! cooking to-do list (what, you don’t keep one?

brownie ice cream sandwiches


Within reason, I think if you’re craving something, you should go for it, although this theory is mostly born of my own poor logic.

sticky sesame chicken wings


On the very long list of things that I am convinced that other people do effortlessly while I typical flail and fail in the face of — dancing, running, walking from one room to another without forgetting what they were looking for — making dinner on a regular basis with a minimum of brow sweat and complaining is near the top.

blue and red berry ricotta galette


Were you about to make a pie for this weekend? Stop. I think you should join me in abandoning Team Pie for Team Galette; you won’t regret it.

cherry almond dutch baby


If I were forced, because it was my job or something terrible like that, to come up with some sort of World Cup of Pancakes ranking system, it would go something like this: rumpled bed sheet-like pancakes > flat, round disc pancakes.


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