Category Archives: Traditional with a Twist

Whiskey Fig Browned Butter Bars

I’ve always felt that a good, ripe fig is like a little scoop of jam in its own bite-sized pouch. So when fig season arrives, I enjoy lots of them unadorned and I gleefully accept their sweetness as a timely … Continue reading

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Pink Pearl Apple Skillet Cake with Pink Peppercorn and Lemon

When I first came across Pink Pearl apples, I was simply magnetized. Their flesh is a vibrant, creamy rose color, their flavor is pleasantly mild and citrusy, and they only stay around for a few weeks each year — so … Continue reading

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Double Plum Torte: Fresh, Dried, Delicious

I grew up spending lots of time with my grandma, who not only stocked prunes like a quintessential senior, but also brought home buttery prune-filled danishes whenever she visited San Francisco (along with fragrant loaves of fresh sourdough bread). As … Continue reading

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Honey Dijon Caramels: A Savory-Sweet Symmetry

In the world of savories and snacks, I’ve always been a big fan of mustard. I’m known to accumulate several jars at a time for the sheer pleasure of trying new varieties. Seeded or spicy, beery or herbal — I … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Banana Skillet Cake (Vegan)

Over the past several weeks, it seemed some culinary stars were aligning in my life (or at least that’s how I interpreted a few food coincidences). First, vibrant stalks of rhubarb started to appear at the market: an elusive and … Continue reading

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Layered Naan Bread Pudding with Cardamom Caramel Sauce

I can gleefully spend all day baking, but I’m an incredibly lazy cook. In my kitchen, savories don’t get much more fancy than fried rice, huevos rancheros, or spaghetti and salad. It doesn’t help that there’s an array of fantastic … Continue reading

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Rosemary Almond Hamantaschen… filled with ice cream!

When I started daydreaming about creative twists for traditional hamantaschen, playing with the dough came first. Raspberry jam filling had always been my favorite (albeit not quite conventional), and I couldn’t really imagine anything better. So I created a dough … Continue reading

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