Monthly Archives: January 2013

Feeding Friends: Chicken and White Bean Chili


I haven’t been as good a pantry cook as I was in my BGSK days. Since I do so much weekly chef-ing and recipe development, my fridge is usually stocked with a good amount of random fresh produce, and half cups of this and that finished product. Making a quick meal for myself usually involves folding bits of leftover veggies into eggs, or boiling water for pasta or rice, and placing this and that in the microwave.

The main difference between then and now is that I used to entertain more. I know I’ve been raking myself over the coals for this a lot this month.… Continue Reading

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On the Job: French Onion Crostini


Before my gluten-free days, I held the esteemed post among my friends as the Queen of Crostini. (Flip your copy of In the Small Kitchen to page 93). But nowadays, since I’m forced to make bread-y delicacies for my clients on a bi-weekly basis, I try to only serve things to my friends that I can actually eat. The recent exception, of course, were these French Onion Crostini.

Earlier this month I got a really cool, and semi-masochistic, recipe development job creating new grilled cheese sandwiches for La Brea Bakery. It’s hard enough to test these recipes without inhaling each and every sandwich – especially since they evolved from my conception of what would be the most delicious grilled cheese in the history of sandwiches.… Continue Reading

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Gluten-Free Is Me: Deep Dish Polenta Pizza

Deep Dish Polenta Pizza | Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe

Pizza is one of the things I miss most in my gluten-free life. As you may have noticed, I eat my fair share of pasta at home. But there’s really no decent substitute for pizza dough, and even the places in New York that offer GF options (like Keste and Pie by the Pound), don’t really hold a torch to the real thing.

I live dangerously close to Co., and it’s been the cause of a few of my more severe tumbles off the wagon. I’ve occasionally walked home with a whole pie under my arm and eaten it quickly in the privacy of my own home, shamefully.… Continue Reading

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Pizza Sauce


Print Pizza Sauce

Yield: Makes 2 Cups


  • One 15 ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Combine ingredients in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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    Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Butternut Squash and Leek Paella


    Holidays aren’t really the same when you work from home. Today is kind of Monday, per usual. I allowed myself to sleep until 9am, which was a treat. Perhaps I’ll permit a late afternoon solo movie excursion. But I think the biggest break will be keeping this post short and sweet, and giving myself and you all a break from my daily reporting of these mundane life details.

    I’ve been talking up this paella for weeks. It was my vegetarian option on New Year’s Eve, and the centerpiece of a veggie dinner party I hosted a few weeks ago with this as the starter.… Continue Reading

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    CBS New York The Couch: Healthy Cooking For Two


    This past week was a whirlwind of TV appearances! Friday morning, I was live from The Couch on CBS New York. I can’t remember the last time I was up at 5am. I asked hosts Carolina Bermudez and John Elliott how they do it. The answer was a 8pm bedtime, which would explain how they were able to slug a glass of wine at 9:30am.

    Check out the clip below to see my recommendations for healthy cooking for two, including showing Caroline and John how to make Cauliflower Caponata Pasta and Wedge Salad with Bacon Bits and Creamy Dill Vinaigrette.… Continue Reading

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