no-knead bread

Crusty No-Knead Apricot Fennel Bread

This is my third, and best, loaf of bread. I recruited my neighbor Max to be my taste-tester, and he agrees that this is the best of the three, so that’s street cred for you right there. Other people have husbands and boyfriends for taste-testers, I just have a friendly neighbor who eats mountains of pizza on the regular, so …

LuCrusty No-Knead Apricot Fennel Bread
dark chocolate ice cream

Hunting For: Best Dark Chocolate Ice Cream in the World | Part One

As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a penchant for the bittersweet, or maybe just bitter… My favorite childhood flavor of Friendly’s ice cream was Forbidden Chocolate, which no other 8 year old around me could tolerate. In college a nice French boy gave me a bar of Cote D’or 86% Noir Brut (literally translated, raw black) and I became obsessed. Lately I’ve been popping cacao nibs like …

LuHunting For: Best Dark Chocolate Ice Cream in the World | Part One
chana masala

Udaipur & Shashi’s Chana Masala

Our Instagram caption read: “Both disappointed and relieved that Udaipur, our final destination on this crazy trip, feels at last like being on vacation.” Before we left for India, we lamented that two weeks wouldn’t nearly be enough time. On our second day there, we looked at each other and said, “Omg, we’re going to be here for two weeks.” Were …

LuUdaipur & Shashi’s Chana Masala
lemon icebox cake

Lemon Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Liz has a strange affliction: a voracious appetite for lemons coupled with the complete inability to taste them anymore. I watched her pour equal parts water and lemon juice into a tall glass on Sunday and chug it. “It’s just water,” she shrugged. When we made lemon raspberry buttercream for our macarons last month, we dumped in a whole cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, then wondered …

LuLemon Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
strawberry pie

Strawberry, Basil & Lemon Pie

Last night: I left work early to meet Liz at a bar. After a 10 hour work day, all I could think about was my couch and a pint of ice cream. But I pulled it together and put on my heels. When I got to the bar, I was asked to write my favorite hobby down on a sticky …

LuStrawberry, Basil & Lemon Pie
pesto ingredients

Pistachio Cilantro Pesto Pasta with Salt & Pepper Roasted Veggies

I shelled a heaping cup of pistachios for this pesto, then blanched them in boiling water and peeled the skins off. I nearly lost my thumbs in the process, but when my friend Liz, who is as picky an eater as I ever did cook for, pronounced this pesto better than regular pesto and the creamiest pesto ever, I deemed …

LuPistachio Cilantro Pesto Pasta with Salt & Pepper Roasted Veggies