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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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Cooking for Luv Wrinkled Potatoes with Olive Crack Sauce

08 Jun Wrinkled Potatoes with Black Olive Crack Sauce

I first experienced wrinkled potatoes, or Papas Arrugadas, at José Andrés' Bazaar restaurant in Los Angeles a few years ago, and they absolutely BLEW MY MIND. Something so simple, tender baby boiled potatoes, transformed by a crusty layer of salt on the exterior and an exceptionally tasty sauce. I've been making them ever since, but had a next level experience with them on my recent trip to Spain at a tiny restaurant in Barcelona called La Gilda because of what I can only call Crack Sauce. As a person who lives for sauces, dressings, and dips, this little bowl of creamy olive based sauce sitting in a pool of ultra spicy olive oil literally caused me to LICK THE BOWL (one of the perks of traveling alone- nobody to judge you from across the table). The owner wouldn't tell me what was in it and my only clue was from...

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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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Hip

01 Apr Hippie Hash

Hippie Hash Yield: 4 Servings Cook Time: 40 minutes While in college at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Fleetwood Diner ("The Hippest Little Diner in Michigan") was our go-to Sunday morning tradition to help cure our inevitable hangovers. Every single time, I ordered their incredible Hippie Hash- a griddle combo of hash browns, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli topped with a generous portion of feta. The addition of feta to hash browns was a life altering food discovery for me, and to this day whenever I end up out for breakfast I make a special request for feta on top of whatever hash the restaurant offers. When at home, I whip up this slightly more refined version of Fleetwood’s college student favorite.     My recipe calls for using one frying pan or griddle to cook (most of) the veggies in steps, so it’s not exactly a breakfast in a hurry recipe. I...

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Cooking for Luv - Papas Tacos, Cumin Roasted Carrots, and Beer Braised Black Beans

21 Feb Papas Tacos with Mole, Roasted Cumin Carrots, & Beer Braised Black Beans for Two

An elegant and lighter take on a Mexican spread, this vegetarian meal is perfect when you're craving something south of the border without all the grease. And although it looks fancy, it is quite simple and can be made in under an hour.  I like to use Sprouted Corn Tortillas to add some extra nutrition to the meal, but any variety works. You can easily make this Vegan by leaving out the cheese and substituting Earth Balance or EVOO for the butter. Enjoy! xo- Stephanie Menu Main: Papas Tacos with Mole, Avocado, and Quick Pickled Onions Sides: Roasted Tri-Color Carrots with Cumin Seeds and Beer Braised Black Beans with Cilantro and Garlic   Roasted Tri-Color Carrots with Cumin Seeds Yield: Serves 2 Time: 25 Minutes   Ingredients 1 Bunch of Tri-Colored Carrots, quartered lengthwise then cut in half 1 Tablespoon of Cumin Seeds ¼ Red Onion, Sliced into ¼ inch strips 2 Tablespoons of EVOO 1 Tablespoon of Morton’s Kosher Salt   Directions Preheat Oven to 425 Toss all ingredients...

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