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10 Aug Smashed Potatoes with Tahini Sauce, Feta, Za’atar and Olives

When I lived in Israel many moons ago, I fell in love with many flavors of the middle east. The most memorable, though, has to be the Za'atar spice blend. A perfect mix of sumac, toasted sesame seeds, sea salt, and the herb Za'atar (a variety of wild thyme we often do not get here in the states so it is often substituted with greek oregano), Israelis put it on everything from baked goods to eggs to meats to pizza. My favorite of all Za'atar food vehicles was from a pizza place around the corner from me, a perfect pie consisting of mozzarella, feta, green olives, and za'atar (I must have consumed several hundred pounds worth in just half a year), and is the inspiration for this recipe. Now, if you've followed me for a while you know that I'm majorly potato-obsessed (really, it's the perfect food- you can do anything...

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13 Apr Luxe Mushroom Pate

My vegan foie gras recipe is one of my most popular and I love love love making it to wow friends from carnivores to meatless crusaders. Using lentils and walnuts as the base with ume plum vinegar as the secret ingredient, it has an extremely rich and umami packed flavor profile that you just can't quit eating til the last finger lick from the jar. This past week I was looking to create a legume free option of that recipe so I turned to the other classic meatless pate ingredient: mushrooms. Paired with some similar ingredients to my original (the miso stayed but I swapped in sherry vinegar for the ume plum), a few new secret umami bomb weapons (porcini powder, tamari, mustard powder and capers), some new freshness (with fragrant farmers market thyme and parsley), and the pièce de résistance: ultra lux fatty butter, this new pate is some...

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24 Jun Ricotta Crostini

Ricotta Crostini Yield: About 24 Crostini Cook Time: 30 Minutes I love appetizers, so much beauty and deliciousness in one to two bites (and who doesn't love eating things with their hands? )  When eating out, small plates and apps are one of my favorite ways to try a bunch of different things at a restaurant. When cooking, they are a fun way to experiment with new flavor combos.  These crostini are a great way to start off a dinner party while your guests wait for the main event, or a shining star for a cocktail party. My recipes listed here are just a sample of the unlimited possibilities,  get creative and play around with different cheeses, breads, spices, and toppings! Enjoy! xo Stephanie     Ingredients Crostini 1 French Baguette, sliced diagonally and cut in half 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt   Toppings Apple Honey Hazelnut Crostini Zest from 1 Lemon to Garnish 1/4 Cup Toasted Hazelnuts 1 Apple, thinly sliced Honey Lemon Ricotta Base   Basil...

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