tates gf

Since I’m the only gluten-intolerant person in my office, I am used to feeling a little left out when it comes to office parties. But dear Dan in our office discovered these Tate’s gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, and brings them in whenever we have a party. They are so good–everyone agrees there is no difference […]


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Ferran Adria is certainly at the tippy top of the best chef lineup. However, his family cookbook, The Family Meal, Home Cooking with Ferran Adria, is anything but complicated. It came out several years ago, and it’s the collection of recipes for the staff meal that they made every day at El Bulli–but beyond recipes, […]


ice cream

Our friend Chris threw his wife a birthday dinner party for six last weekend. This is not something he feels super comfortable doing. But he kept it simple, and it was perfect. Steaks on the grill, a take on a Cobb salad that he had plated before guests arrived, and dressed right before we sat […]


chocolate ghirardelli

Our friends Steve and Chad served these amazing chocolate squares at their house this weekend…and we loved them. Normally we are Lindt Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt die hard fans, but these Ghirardelli Sea Salt Squares were a fierce competitor. Check them out and tell us what you think. (Or fill us in on your […]


gluten free double chocolate biscotti (mf)

Biscotti and I go way back.  We met inside a rustic Italian farmhouse just outside of Pisa many years ago.  The terrible October wind was howling as only the Tuscan wind can, and I’d just finished a long, extravagant meal with new friends.  I’d arrived in Italy just two months earlier, and was young and giddy with naïveté.  So, when the […]


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