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Remix: Leftovers for Lunch

By Christopher Stewart | August 27, 2013

Photo: Food Thinkers


The million dollar question everyone is asking is, where did summer go? In just a few days, it will be time to get back in the groove of packing lunches, scheduled bed times, and that age old question of what to make for dinner. Making dinner is great, but what’s even better is when dinner from the night before can transform into a fresh lunch the next day, or another dinner with a new touch for another night.  Here are 10 meals that go from dinner to lunch (and even breakfast) any night of the week.  Read More

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The Best Seasonal Recipes for August

By Christopher Stewart | August 19, 2013

Before the summer is over, dive into a refreshing salad like this tomato watermelon one.
Before the summer is over, dive into a refreshing salad like this tomato watermelon one.

Before the summer is over, dive into a refreshing salad like this tomato watermelon one. (Photo: shutterbean)

The heat wave has come to an end, but it is still summer for a few more weeks. When it’s hot out you really don’t want to cook, but when the weather cools down, you have a chance to cook great summer-inspired meals. With the farmers market in full bloom, the month of August brings some of summers best offerings. Right now is the best time to eat the following items because they are in their prime season. And there really isn’t anything better than enjoying food that’s in season. A look at the 21 best recipes to enjoy this month. Read More

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Coconut Macaroons, 5 Ways

By Ashley Beck | August 6, 2013

coconut macaroons

With all the French macaron hype, coconut macaroons (Congolais in France) have been left in their almond flour dust. However, these gooey, chewy, coconut-y treats are just as delectable and way easier to make. And just like their French buttercream-filled counterparts, they can be flavored anyway you like it.  One of the many things my meins mideg (Armenian for grandmother) taught me was how to transform leftovers and not to waste what we have.

Her leftovers-in-a-cookie-or-boereg (traditionally a cheese and herb filled phyllo dough parcel)  ideas don’t always work, but when they do, they are magic. And like magic, it’s impossible to figure out how it happened (because, of course, she can never remember what bits and pieces she put in it).  This idea of resourcefulness is a practice instilled in her by her mother, as they, like many immigrant families, had to make use of every bit they bought. To me, her tendencies to continue to use this “waste not, want not” mentality is not only about being economical, it’s about keeping the memories of her mother alive by making these thrifty ideas part of our family’s traditions. Read More

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Flavor Play: Waffles

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 16, 2013


Photo: Joy

As someone who prefers crispy anything to fluffy anything, I’ve always found the genius of waffles to be their unique shape. After all, with the extra surface area you get from indentation after indentation, you can achieve a much crispier, much more satisfying treat.

But as the waffles and fried chicken trend has revealed, waffles don’t have to be reserved for breakfast and dessert. Like a good bread, their texture can complement any flavor profile if combined correctly. Try out one of the following suggestions if you need a bit of inspiration. Read More

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Flavor Play: Red Grape Mostarda

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 9, 2013

mostarda, red grape, mustard, agrodolce

The combination of sour and sweet flavors holds a special place in my heart (on my tongue?) for what it can do to elevate any dish. After I learned to think of cooking in terms of layering the four tastes–sour, sweet, salty, and bitter– I appreciate unexpected, complex pairings.

Mostarda is a fruit preserve that mixes the flavors of (you guessed it) mustard with those of candied fruits. Similar to the blueberry shrub I made a couple weeks ago that made a traditionally sweet flavor profile more sour, this mostarda adds a spicy, bitter layer to a sweet, fruity condiment. It’s impressive and effortlessly gourmet on a cheese plate, on a sandwich, or spooned over grilled meat. You don’t need a lot of it in any one serving, but you’ll find yourself wanting to try it in new ways. Read More

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Discovering the Food Scene in Oakland, CA

By Ashley Beck | July 1, 2013

On Marcus’s recent trip to the Bay Area, he was inspired by the local cuisines hitting the Pacific coast, and the oscillating art and rhythm of it all. From great chefs like Michael Chiarello all the way to the Mom-and-Pop shop that inspires with news ideas and a passion for food, Marcus made sure to hit all corners of the Oakland food scene (and a bit of San Francisco) in order to experience what the Bay has to offer. In his search were a couple of new places as well as some that have made the area a culinary gold mine for years. Read More

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Leftover Lunch: Zucchini Two Ways

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 17, 2013



After a weekend of unhealthy eating, I like to make Sunday lunches light. Think fresh vegetables, not many fats, and bright, sunny flavors. A raw zucchini salad was perfect for me this weekend. Dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper, and freshly ground parmesan cheese, the fresh zucchini and tomatoes shone.

With quite a bit of leftover shaved zucchini however, I was stuck. Already lightly salted and oiled, I couldn’t exactly throw them into a healthy chocolate zucchini muffin batter. Instead, I decided to whip up my lunch for Monday: fritelli di zucchini (an easy version of this recipe below).
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Leftover Lunch: Roast Chicken

By Christopher Stewart | May 6, 2013

Cobb Salad Wrap

Cobb Salad WrapFinding something to eat for dinner is a task…but finding something for lunch during the week is a chore. Mixing and matching lunches for your 5-day work week can be tiring, especially if you don’t have the time. Over the weekend, we learned how to roast the perfect chicken, and when that happens, there are always leftovers. Roast chicken sandwiches are a great way to utilize the left over chicken, but that too gets dull after a while. Adding shredded chicken to a variety of things like salads, soups, and wraps can be a great way to turn a weekday lunch into a variety of flavorful meals. Read More

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Happy Hour: Green Juice Cocktails

By Ashley Beck | May 1, 2013

photo by: roboppy
photo by: roboppy

Photo: roboppy

With the juice trend sky rocketing, it was only a matter of time before green juice found its way into our cocktails.  But honestly what could be better than combining your after work wind down with a refreshing companion that’s actually good for you. There is something about the mix of the two that seems just the right amount of wrong. It could be that it makes you feel less guilty to have that second cocktail. It could be the contrast of healthy vs. vice. It could even be that they cancel each other out. We’re not exactly sure and yet that’s precisely why it is the perfect union. Read More

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Ambessa Tea Stories: How to Tipsy Your Tea

By Ashley Beck | April 25, 2013

photo by: nerdling

From facial remedies to cooking, tea has become an integral part of adding value to a product. Whether it be for health, fragrance, or flavor, and cocktails are no exception. All across the U.S. restaurants, bars and their mixologists are finding tea as a way of expanding their drink making capabilities. Stella Rossa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica, California is making their version of a Pisco sour with white tea-infused egg foam. And in Chicago, Mercadito is revving up their margaritas with blanco tequila infused with black tea, mezcal, pear purée, fresh lime juice and agave nectar.  And with tea blends like Marcus’ Ambessa tea line, the possibilities are endless. Read More


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