Sopressine with Shrimp Butter

I have two words for you: SHRIMP BUTTER! The majority of shrimp flavor actually comes from the shells, and you can make an sinfully decadent sauce by pureeing whole shrimp (sauteed in cognac and tomato paste) with a healthy amount of butter. The final product is completely smooth and shell free (thanks to a fine…

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Harissa Spiced Stuffed Cabbage

I’ve really been leaning into cozy comfort meals lately– and these cabbage rolls are no exception! Inspired by the flavors of North Africa, these babies are stuffed with beef and lamb and seasoned with lots of harissa, sumac, ras el hanout, and paprika. Serve with lots of yogurt and fresh herbs for a perfect chilly…

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Capicola Ragu with Sweet and Hot Peppers

Here’s a dish inspired by one of the most treasured TV shows of all time: The Sopranos. There are so many fantastic food memories within the show (Carmella and Tony getting obsessed with sushi is one of my favorites), but instead of recreating a classic italian american dish, I decided to make my own. Thus…

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Berbere Butter Mussels with Pickled Tomatoes

Let’s talk mussels! They are a pinch to make, insanely delicious, and make you feel extra fancy without breaking the bank ($3-7 a pound, yes please!). Best of all, they are one of the most sustainable seafood choices you can make– they grow easily and plentifully and require no “feed.” Here, I have taken one…

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Sprout Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing

Can salads be sexy? I think so! Especially when they are drizzled with this ultra creamy roasted garlic dressing. Fresh sprouts, peppery arugula, crunchy radishes and sunflower seeds, and salted tomatoes – I don’t want to use the word “perfect” here, but it’s pretty close. Tips Start the garlic early. It takes about 45 minutes…

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5 Spice and Black Vinegar Braised Cabbage

Did you purchase black vinegar for black vinegar braised chicken? Here’s another great way to utilize the deliciously malty and slightly smokey liquid: braised cabbage! This recipe is as easy as they come, simply saute some onions and cabbage and then simmer them in a mix of black vinegar, soy, mirin, chili, and 5 spice…

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Roasted Carrot Flatbreads with Mint, Radish, and Carrot Top Salsa

You have probably heard of whole animal eating, but what about whole vegetable eating? Vegetables like carrots, celery, and fennel all come with their own herbaceous element, but these leaves are often tossed instead of utilized. Here, we make a salsa out of carrot greens to top our harissa and honey roasted carrots. The whole…

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Gnocchetti Sardi with Crème Fraîche, Pancetta, and Peas

Looking for a great intro pasta dish that requires minimal equipment? Look no further than these perfectly chewy gnocchetti sardi! Also known as malloreddus, these sardinian dumplings are made from just semolina flour and water and don’t require a pasta roller, just your fingers and a gnocchi board. While making the gnocchetti is a time…

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“Pad Thai” Grilled Chicken

I picked up some tamarind paste from the grocery store this week and I thought it would taste really good on some grilled chicken. THEN I thought… you know what else uses tamarind? Pad Thai! And thus, pad thai chicken was born. This recipe is as easy as finding tamarind paste. Once you have the…

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Bún cha Meatball Salad

I’ve really been missing traveling this week, and one of my all time favorite meals abroad has to be Bún chả in Hanoi, Vietnam. The best part of the dish, for me, are the flavor packed grilled pork meatballs. While you can’t book flights to Vietnam right now, you CAN make my version of the…

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Spicy Thai Style Cucumber and Pear Salad

I love thai papaya salad. It’s spicy, sweet, tangy, and crunchy– everything that makes a refreshing and tasty side dish. Because green papayas are not your standard grocery store fare, I’ve created my own version using cucumbers and asian pear. Same flavor profile, slightly crunchier texture, what do you have to lose? If you can’t…

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Fava Bean Toast

One of my absolute favorite spring vegetables, fava beans are tender, nutty, and slightly sweet like fresh peas. They have been popping up early in the bay this season, so I had to get my hands on them. I will say, they are a commitment. You have to go through two rounds of shelling and…

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