Is it just me, or does this holiday season seem a bit emotionally charged? Sure, these are pretty turbulent times, and gathering around the table with a dozen-some-odd extended family isn't exactly the prescription for peace and harmony. The least I can do is offer up a big old batch of booze to stimulate the conversation. Help me, help you. more →
I always like to add soup to our Thanksgiving spread. It makes for a convenient and delicious side dish that can be easily made ahead of time and re-heated on the stove (always a good idea when most Thanksgiving dishes are competing for precious oven space). Kabocha squash is my favorite squash. It has such a great and complex flavor and has a better texture than other squash like butternut or acorn. more →
Most of the time I eat salad to be healthy/enjoy seasonal vegetables. Sometimes, I eat salad purely as a vehicle for amazing dressing. And that's okay, because there are some dressings that are worth the extra effort to make from scratch. The perfect example of this is ranch. The difference between homemade ranch and bottled ranch is like day and night. If you aren't a fan of ranch it's most likely because you haven't had good ranch. more →
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You don't have to be an early riser like me to enjoy a delicious breakfast. Similarly, you don't have to be a breakfast person to enjoy a delicious bagel. That said, breakfast just happens to be my favorite meal of the day, and I constantly crave a good bagel . . . craaave!! I even took a bagel making class so I could start making my own! more →
22. That's how many hand foraged botanicals go into The Botanist's dry gin. 9 classic gin aromatics, like orris root, coriander seed and cassia bark, are delicately augmented by 22 botanicals, hand picked from the shores of the Scottish island of Islay. The elements are then distilled in one of the world’s last surviving Lomond spirit still, in an achingly slow, 17 hour distillation. more →
The farmer's market can be such an inspirational place-- seasonal produce in all different sizes, colors and varieties! To celebrate the end of summer, Erica, Todd and I decided to make lunch together with ingredients from our local farmer's market. more →
Considering the amount of fresh bread Audrey's been baking lately (four loaves a week!!) we've been eating our weight in sourdough! While I'm a sucker for avocado toast as much as the next guy, I've been experimenting with several other flavor combinations. more →
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You didn't think I was going to let Karen make a batch of her delicious spicy chai without stealing some for dessert, did you? These dirty chai affogatos are the perfect way to get that after-dinner caffeine fix more →
I think we can all agree, 2016 left a lot to be desired. It hurts my brain just thinking about it. Yet, as much as this past year has been filled with pain, loss, fear, and uncertainty, there were some pretty magical moments as well. more →
Oh Cynar, how you’re misunderstood. No one can pronounce your name (chee-nar), people hardly even know you, and when they do, they assume you taste like artichokes. Not surprising, I suppose. It might be time for an outfit change . . . just a thought. more →
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If you're not familiar with Berkeley's beloved Cheese Board Collective, let me fill you in. In the 1970s, The Cheese Board, along with Peet's Coffee, was one of the first gourmet establishments in a little area of North Berkeley, which is now known as the Gourmet Ghetto. more →
Soooo, I've been on a serious margarita kick lately this year. It's hard for me to pass up that frosty lime and tequila combo, especially on a warm Friday evening. And still, every now and then I'm in the mood for something a bit more serious - something spiritous. This week was one of those times. more →
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I feel like I’m becoming more and more intentional about healthy eating these days. Having a child will do that to you, at least, that’s my excuse. Don’t get me wrong, I feel I’ve always done a good job with my diet. more →
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