easter bread on sheet pan

How to Make Braided Easter Egg Bread

For the better part of my adult life I’ve whined and complained about not having much of a cultural heritage, especially when it comes to food and recipes. Everyone I know has some secret recipe passed down from their grandmother or some beloved collection of family dishes, their ingredients and instructions written on scraps of […]

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Lentils Two Ways

Intuitive Cooking and Lentils Two Ways

Cooking isn’t as difficult as we make it out to be. Nor is it as complicated as some overly detailed recipes lead us to believe. (I’ve actually seen a recipe that says, “Be sure to use a pan with a ¾-inch side height”. Really?! What happens if my pan has a 1-inch side height? Will […]

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Salvatores Sandwich

Salvatore’s Sandwich

There are two things I remember clearly about Salvatore — his nose and his sandwiches. Let me explain. Every weekday at 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Lang (our second grade teacher) would walk two lines of children (boys on the left, girls on the right) away from the small pod of elementary school classrooms that surrounded an […]

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mint lemonade

In Search of the Abu Dhabi Lemon Mint

It wasn’t until I had been in Abu Dhabi for almost a full day that I truly realized just how far I had traveled to be there. It was just about to be 5:00 am and despite the fact that I had to be at a meeting in four hours, I hadn’t slept all night […]

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heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

It was hot today: the type of hot that makes your bare skin beautiful with glittering jewels of sweat and leaves you feeling strangely sensual. It is in this type of heat that you realize your thirst, both physical and metaphorical, has not been quenched. And, it is in this heat that I wandered around the greenmarket, looking for […]

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