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Steakhouse Sides at Thanksgiving: Celery Root and Spinach Gratin

Casey Barberby Casey Barber November 3, 2014

“My steakhouse-inspired gratin uses whisper-thin slices of celery root instead of potatoes, and bulks up with a whole bunch (two bunches, actually) of spinach, thus fulfilling the creamed spinach requirement that no one knew they needed at Thanksgiving.”

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Bay Cities: The Center of the Italian Sandwich Universe

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor October 27, 2014

“I inadvertently had one of the most easily mapped apartments on the planet when I lived in Santa Monica. All I needed to tell people was that my building “backed up to Bay Cities,” and immediately almost anyone from the greater Los Angeles area knew exactly where I resided.”

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Inspired Bites and an Inspired Cocktail: Apple Sage Cooler

Casey Barberby Casey Barber October 20, 2014

“The following drink is inspired by one of the signature cocktails in Inspired Bites. The book version blends together a fall-centric lineup of pear, thyme, and ginger, but I’m switching things up with my favorite autumn beverage—apple cider—and woodsy sage.”

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Eating My Words: Practical Magic’s Meatloaf and Green Beans Are a Little of Both

Rebecca Peters-Goldenby Rebecca Peters-Golden October 13, 2014

“Ultimately, whether we’re reading aloud from Hoffman’s novel or watching the (admittedly slightly silly) antics of Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman while we eat, sharing food with my sister is about the most magical thing there is. I hope you cook up this dinner of meatloaf and green beans and share the magic with favorite people of your own.”

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Squashing Pumpkin Spice Expectations: Spiced Pumpkin Beer Bread

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor October 6, 2014

“What we talk about when we talk about pumpkin spice isn’t really pumpkin. Nor is it spice. It’s the simulacra; it’s the marketing juggernaut; it’s the manufactured essence of childhood nostalgia, of crunching leaves, of hayrides and brisk weather and pumpkin patches. And most of us are falling for it, every single time.”

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Travel the World with Queens: A Culinary Passport

Casey Barberby Casey Barber September 29, 2014

Queens: A Culinary Passport is a guidebook, shopping resource, and cookbook all in one, with an adorable subway tile-inspired design that virtually whisks you from neighborhood to neighborhood even if you’re not in New York proper.”

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Why Do I Own This Food Mill Rig Thingy?

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor September 22, 2014

“Various expensive appliances can do versions of this same task—a Cuisinart food processor, a Vitamix, the food grinding attachment for a KitchenAid stand mixer—but they are loud and lumbering, and they don’t strain and puree in one handy step. My rig is just as efficient, and the clockwise motion of the wooden pestle rolling in its groove is both cathartic and hypnotic.”

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Snapshots: The Little Goat, Chicago

Casey Barberby Casey Barber September 15, 2014

“As the casual sibling to Chicago’s justifiably lauded Girl & the Goat, the Little Goat Diner takes the idea of an all-day, all-night diner and schmancies it up just a touch. Yep, there’s a classic Formica countertop punctuated by spinning chrome-edged barstools, but you don’t always see a communal table with rows of pristine white Eames chairs at your local greasy spoon.”

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The Bar Cart: The Ruddy Mary

Casey Barberby Casey Barber September 8, 2014

“The Ruddy Mary—a twist on the classic tomato-based brunch drink—gets a hit of subtle sweetness from freshly roasted red bell peppers and just-picked basil, and a slow burn from a whole jalapeño. (Oh, come on, it’s not that spicy, ya wimps.)”

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Caramel and Sea Salt Sticky Buns from The Messy Baker

Casey Barberby Casey Barber September 1, 2014

” ‘Messy’ in this sense refers to the layer of caramel sauce hidden under these soft, doughy cinnamon rolls as they bake: flip or scoop the finished buns from the baking pan to discover their intensely caramelized tarte tatin-like underside.”

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