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Recipes

Fall vegetarian ziti: recipe!

Even though New York City is the land of Seamless delivery and unlimited restaurant options, I still prefer to cook the majority of my meals at home. It's partly to save money and partly to be healthier, but I think it's mostly because I grew up in a...
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Anzac spirit, unity and biscuits

Australia and New Zealand often tend to be lumped together in the upper hemisphere's mind: those two beautiful countries down under that rarely make the world news. They don't start wars, they don't have massive protests or reforms; basically, they...
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Zucchini flowers aren’t just for decoration

I remember being confused by all the bright yellow zucchini flowers on the market stands when I arrived in Nice. My family had a few zucchini harvests in our suburban garden, but as far as I could remember, we chucked the flowers and sauteed the...
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Homemade raspberry jam, all year long

I do not come from a family of jam-makers. For me, jam is a souvenir: I buy pineapple or passionfruit jam in tiny shops in Maui upcountry, or fresh apple butter after a trip to Apple Hill. I’m intrigued by the homemade labels and unexpected fruit...
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Eggplants should be barbecued, not fried

Many Americans' knowledge of eggplant limited to when it's fried beyond recognition, covered in tomato sauce and accompanied by a heap of spaghetti. For me, at least, eggplant parmigiana was the only way I ate eggplant for a really, really long...
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Practice makes perfect in the kitchen

My grandma is the cute old lady who always has cookies--for her granddaughters (obviously), for the kids next door, for the people who work at the bank. Whenever you go to her house, chocolate chip cookies and pizzelles will be there, without fail....
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Clafoutis: the perfect five-ingredient dessert

Little-known fact: I had a brief stint as an au pair in a tiny village west of Paris when I was 18. However, it only took me about two weeks to realize that I'm not cut out for the countryside or crying children. The only upside to country living? A...
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Why every kitchen needs a grater

Things that I've learned while cooking in France: A grater is necessary for any kitchen. I never had a grater when I had my own apartment, since I bought my cheese pre-grated. Yes, I was that lazy. However, I've learned that a grater can do so...
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Nutella is the beverage of champions

My cocktail/barista/life-in-general tip of the day: just add Nutella. I've found a cafe here that clearly caught on to the American obsession: they have Nutella EVERYTHING. Nutella muffins, milkshakes, cookies, hot chocolate. And bagels. Real...
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The vastly underrated carrot

It's entirely possible that Monday was the first day in my 21 (almost 22!) years of existence that I peeled a carrot. I've been racking my brain for another carrot peeling experience, and so far, I have nada. Side note: I'm sure my mother will...
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