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Cooking with Friends: Tomato Pie

My friend Tyler has been dying to introduce me to tomato pie and I was intrigued. It’s a classic Southern dish, and Tyler being a good ol’ Southern boy himself, I had to see what the deal was. Although he hates my description, I like to call it a deep tomato flavored lasagna that’s baked…

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Cooking with Friends: Gnocchi

My friends, do I have a treat for you today. Despite the gluten-free craze sweeping the nation, I’ve been learning tons through my volunteer work with Slow Food Santa Cruz about wheat’s currently overlooked positive attributes. I got to see the renowned sustainable chef Dan Barber speak in March, and he made some points about…

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Basic, Versatile Chicken Stock

The holidays are over! They were festive and busy, and now that I’ve been slowed down by some sort of nasty virus that’s going around I finally have the time to think about writing a post. What could be more fitting than comforting, soothing chicken stock? I’m embarrassed to say that I only recently started…

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Freshly Harvested Tomato Basil Bisque

If you suddenly have a plethora of ripe and too-ripe tomatoes like I do, you may be wondering what you can make with them besides the delicious but perhaps worn out salads and pastas. What started out for me as a recipe for marinara from fresh tomatoes serendipitously became a culinary adventure into bisque-land. However,…

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