Drink a Sour Cherry Gin and Tonic for Happy Hour

Sour Cherry Gin and Tonic recipe

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Sour cherries are like the unicorn of the cherry world. They’re beautiful to look at. They have pale, red skin that’s super shiny and they taste even better than they look. Sour cherries are the perfect balance between very tart and slightly sweet. They lend themselves to this all sorts of things well like pies, tarts and in my case, a gin and tonic. Unfortunately their window each year is very short–maybe 2 to 3 weeks at most. And in Los Angeles they can be crazy hard to find. Luckily I scored them at a small Armenian produce market that is always chock-full of beautiful fruits and veggies. If you can’t find sour cherries, not to worry, this recipe works splendidly with the regular, ol’ kind.

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Delight Brunch Guests With Cherry Tomato Clafoutis

Cherry Tomato Clafoutis Recipe

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As stone fruit and berries come into season, clafoutis becomes my dessert of choice for its easy preparation and amazing taste. Somewhere between a cake and a custard, a clafoutis has a magical array of flavors and textures that changes as you eat different parts of a slice.

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Celebrate Summer With Corn and Chorizo Hash

Corn and Chorizo Hash

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Breakfast is my favorite meal, especially when I eat it for lunch time, late lunch time or dinner time. Basically, I prefer eating breakfast at any other time besides mornings. Hashes are nimble; they can easily fit in to another meal category. It’s because they offer leniency when it comes to ingredients, preparation and they’re savory. They’re easy-breezy.

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Mix Up Your Marinade With Grilled Lemongrass Beef

Grilled Lemongrass Beef Recipe

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With grilling season wearing on, you may be getting a little bored with Japanese and Mexican glazes and marinades. Here’s an easy marinade that will infuse your meat with a fresh herbal flavor and loads of umami. With plenty of garlic, ginger and lemongrass to offset any fishiness coming from the fish sauce, and a natural meat tenderizer, you get tender juicy skewers infused with the flavors of Southeast Asia.

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Stay Cool with Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles recipe

Summer has officially hit Los Angeles. This heat totally has the ability to humble me, especially considering I live in an apartment without air-conditioning. Phew! Climbing temperatures mean that popsicles are an absolute must. My favorite thing to do is pick up fruit from the farmer’s market, puree it and pour it in popsicle molds. I consider July to be a fantastic month for strawberries. They’re tart, perfectly sweet and they’re usually cheap, cheap, cheap.

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Put a New Spin on Seafood with Hamachi Poke

Hamachi Poke Recipe

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I’ve mentioned before that Tuna Poke (pronounced poh-keh) is one of my all-time favorite foods. With a bowl of hot rice, it’s simply without parallel from an effort to taste ratio. That’s why as summer wears on, and cooking in a hot kitchen becomes increasingly tedious, Poke becomes a regular part of the rotation.

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Try Garlic Edamame for an Irresistible Snack

Garlic Edamame Recipe

We all know and love garlic fries. Whether you’re at the ballpark or a brewpub they’re a perennial favorite that go together like Cinderella and her glass slipper. Edamame is the closest equivalent to fries in Japan, and yet most people there just serve them with salt.

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Roasted Fig and Ricotta Crostini: Simple Summer Appetizer

Roasted Fig and Ricotta Crostini recipe

My next door neighbor has an envy-worthy fig tree. The leaves are are huge and the brightest hue of green. I often wish I knew how to make dolmas because then I’d put them to good use. Instead, he allows me to pick as many figs off the tree as my heart desires. His tree yields so much fruit that he has no idea what to do with it all. I always tell him not to worry because I have big plans for the figs.

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