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Cold Comfort

January 27th, 2014

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Although it’s 43º in NYC today, it was certainly not so balmy last week. After a brisk walk in the 7º weather, I found myself with a serious interest in comfort food.

Now I’m back in LA where it is sickeningly beautiful every day (with temps hovering around 70º) but I still feel the need for the comfort. I think I’m suffering from a sort of cold-weather-related PTSD. Read More

 

Oh My Darling Clementine

December 31st, 2013

ClementinesInBowlImageA couple days before Christmas, my sister and I were having our annual bitch-in about all the kitchen time we were putting in that week, when Lindsay mentioned she was making a Clementine Cake. I assumed this was something akin to a Key Lime Pie. “Sounds great,” I said, mentally dismissing it as way too Florida for a proper holiday dessert, and likely way too complicated for a week with cooking chores so numerous I was already as irritable as Scrooge. Read More

 

Crabby&Crabbier: Full Of Beans Quesadillas

September 20th, 2013

Revisited this recipe in The Crabby Cook Cookbook and like it even better now. For my non-dairy daughter I omitted the cheese. She loved ‘em.

It’s football season. You’re gonna be glad you have this recipe, trust me.

With a little guacamole on the side, even better.

Trust me. (Did I say that already?) Read More

 

Crabby&Crabbier: Chicken Curry (With Heirloom Tomatoes and Coconut Milk)

September 12th, 2013

Continuing to work my way through The Crabby Cook Cookbook, I revisited the recipe for Chicken Curry. This was partly to accommodate my anti-dairy daughter (who has moved home post-college, restoring my nest to half-empty condition) and partly because I had a curry craving due to atmospheric or hormonal or domestic changes, or maybe to the L.A. heat which made me feel like I was living in one of the overheated countries where curry is popular. Read More

 

Crabby&Crabbier: New Favorite Potato Salad

August 25th, 2013

I recently made this potato salad for 15 people. I will I never do it again unless I lose my mind and become a caterer.Nor would I recommend that you undertake such a preposterous task. But I would recommend that you try this recipe in smaller proportions. It’s my family’s new favorite. Read More

 

Crabby&Crabbier: Tom’s Brownies

August 11th, 2013

Revisiting recipes from The Crabby Cook Cookbook, we made these for a crowd and watched them vanish in five minutes… Read More

 

Crabby&Crabbier: Skirt Steak Tacos

August 1st, 2013

For the first installment of Crabbier&Crabbier (the Crabby version of Julie&Juia), I revisited a recipe from my book called Skirt Steak Tacos…

When people discuss skirt steak (admittedly not a common occurrence) it makes me think of cows in tutus.

I don’t know why someone would name a cut of beef after a girly garment. It seems almost oxymoronic. Read More

 

Crabby&Crabbier

July 19th, 2013

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The Bee and Thistle Inn

May 20th, 2013

I’m making a lot of trips to Connecticut these days, to visit elderly parents. In so doing I’ve discovered a quaint corner of coziness  called The Bee and Thistle Inn, a B&B and  a comfort zone in Old Lyme that is my new favorite home away from home. Read More

 

The Shortbread Variations: Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2013


Okay, I’m a little obsessed with shortbread. Don’t know why really, but possibly because of my Scottish ancestry and also it tastes so damn good. So maybe I’m projecting too much when I assume that my mother would like nothing better than this for Mother’s Day. Read More

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