Category: Food

A Lighter (Simpler) Fresh Tomato Pie

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In my first book Savory Pies there’s a recipe for Fresh Tomato Pie. It’s a pie I often think about and almost never have the energy to make. You see this pie is best in the summer when tomatoes are at their peak. Exactly the wrong time to make a complicated pie involving a cheesy…

Gigantes Plaki (Greek-Style Giant Beans)

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It’s been hot in Los Angeles, but I’ll never be one of those people who just won’t cook in July and August. I can’t subsist on ice cream and limp lettuce. So when it’s very (very) hot I try to keep a cool head and devise low-effort meals. The trick is to choose make-ahead dishes that…

Reverse Sear Ribeye: Every Single Time

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Reverse Sear Ribeye. If you’re looking for a steak that’s cooked to medium-rare from edge to edge with a thin well-charred crust, this is the technique to try. I’m using an oven set to 250 degrees F. and a smoking hot charcoal grill, but you can do the searing with a cast-iron skillet on the…

Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Dried Peaches

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If you’ve been hanging around kitchens for any length of time you probably have a particular favorite cheesecake. The jammy Strawberry-Topped Cheesecake is popular, or maybe your favorite cheesecake is simply sliced and served as in this lemony version from Mark Bittman. Cheesecake is a staple and most cooks have a fairly certain point of…

Perfectly Seasonal Roasted Cherry Toast

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Los Angeles has all kinds of restaurants. Exotic ethnicities and regional American specialties. Meat. Seafood. Vegetarian. Vegan. Old-School. New-School. Fast Food. Slow Food. But have you ever been to a really great toast restaurant? Well, we’ve got one of those too. It’s called Sqirl. I want you to fully appreciate how unlikely the success of…

Chorizo Hash: Because I Have a Food Blog

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Oh, look! I have a blog. It seems to be a food blog. I almost forgot about it. It’s been 12 days since I last posted. I’ve never gone quite that long between posts before. I’m a bit surprised at how little the lack of attention has bothered me this past (nearly) two weeks. There…

Box or Bag? Kale Salad with White Beans and Farro

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I’m the primary caregiver for my partner’s mother. She lives with us and there are a great many rewards, but there are also challenges. As her dementia progresses my caregiving responsibilities naturally increase. Perhaps you’ve noticed that I don’t post as much as I used to and some of my entries are less culinarily enthusiastic…