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lamburgers on the dock Posted on March 21, 2011 By hello kitchen

Last week our office building was fully immersed in and surrounded by SXSW, so our collective of architects declared a Friday cook-out on the loading dock. We figured: how much work can possibly be done in the midst of all.... read more →

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this is what breakfast looks like… Posted on March 15, 2011 By hello kitchen

This weekend I made a killer batch of blueberry scones, working with the early morning adrenaline that peaks in the last few days before the silly Daylight Savings time kicks in. I usually make scones the night before, sneak a.... read more →

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orzo with broccoli rabe, potatoes & sprouts Posted on February 4, 2011 By hello kitchen

We’re in the midst of a winter wonderland, covered by a one-inch snowfall that happens in Austin about every five years at best. At 3am this morning we were awakened by the mischievous sounds of three dudes in cowboy hats.... read more →

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healthy eating for the new year Posted on January 10, 2011 By hello kitchen

As I gear up for another round of posts featuring new recipes and kitchens, I’ve been catching up on some of my favorite food blogs. One of my tops, Food Stories, has been updated for the new year with the.... read more →

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kale & apple salad with winter herb vinaigrette Posted on December 19, 2010 By hello kitchen

This is the peak season for winter herbs: chervil, tarragon, sorrel, dill, chives, mint (is mint winter or summer? mine is doing well right now). I’m reaping the benefits from my herb garden overhaul back in October, when I ripped.... read more →

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warm tomato salad Posted on December 8, 2010 By hello kitchen

The other day we were home for lunch, and there were three, ripe roma tomatoes staring at me from their perch in the kitchen. It was definitely time to eat them, but what to do with so much tomato-y taste.... read more →

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a thanksgiving duck Posted on November 30, 2010 By hello kitchen

We had a wonderful, slightly unconventional Thanksgiving meal. Since there were only four adults and one little person, we thought we could buck convention just this once and┬ásubstitute a duck for the turkey. We omitted the heavy stuffing casserole, and.... read more →

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potato, chickpea & lima bean salad Posted on November 22, 2010 By hello kitchen

Tonight we got together with some friends for a champagne-themed playdate (the best kind) to kick off the holiday season. We picked recently felled pecans in their backyard and enjoyed their oily fresh taste, gathering as many as we could.... read more →

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broiled fish tacos Posted on October 22, 2010 By hello kitchen

A lecture about Mexican cuisine by Iliana de la Vega inspires some new kitchen design ideas and a Tamiahuan fish recipe.

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late summer quinoa salad Posted on September 16, 2010 By hello kitchen

Last Saturday afternoon, we needed to make a quick family dinner but had only a handful of ingredient options in the fridge and pantry. This summery quinoa salad / stir-fry was the result – and it was perfect after the.... read more →

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summer peaches! Posted on June 28, 2010 By hello kitchen

Many summers ago, Rick and I visited a friend who lived in the East Village in New York City. Matt (also an architect) was at the time subletting an apartment that he had designed for some clients, so we enjoyed.... read more →

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Quinoa + summer veggies + saffron basil vinaigrette Posted on June 21, 2010 By hello kitchen

I believe it’s officially summer today… the Solstice – June 21st – right?? A few other signifiers are telling me that summer is here: 1) this weekend it was hot enough to enter the chilly waters at Barton Springs, for.... read more →

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heart and sole Posted on May 5, 2010 By hello kitchen

Today I celebrate both my 40th entry and one year on this blog! I never anticipated how much I would enjoy writing this, and it has become a necessary outlet for my thoughts about food, design, people, and Austin. Thanks.... read more →

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brussels sprouts with manchego & walnuts Posted on March 18, 2010 By hello kitchen

Here’s a super simple recipe for everyone’s favorite vegetable! I find that the combination of steaming and then roasting works best and negates many of the sour-notes that make brussels sprouts unpopular with some. I hope to update soon with.... read more →

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beet risotto & mixed green salad Posted on March 3, 2010 By hello kitchen

I’ve been in a sort of cooking rut lately, feeling a bit like I’ve lost my mojo. I usually go through this every January and February – my food mood oscillates between winter and spring, and the recent temperature swings.... read more →

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Farmer’s market lamb: two ways Posted on March 3, 2010 By hello kitchen

Continuing with our locally-raised meat purchases, I stopped by the farmer’s market a few Saturdays ago to visit┬áLoncito’s Lamb. There I bought a 2-pound frozen boneless cut that would be perfect for stew or sliced roast. As usual, I had.... read more →

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scrambled eggs & goat cheese Posted on February 13, 2010 By hello kitchen

We pick up our eggs from the Farmer’s Market whenever we remember, and always enjoy their wonderful velvety texture and brightly hued yolks. Since we have a 2 1/2 year old, eggs have become a part of our daily ritual,.... read more →

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everybody loves pizza Posted on January 10, 2010 By hello kitchen

Probably the world’s most popular food, the pizza takes on a proprietary characteristic to everyone who partakes. No matter how distant we may be from Napoli (pizza‘s hometown), we all have our favorite take on crust, toppings, and tomato sauce..... read more →

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the humble chickpea Posted on January 6, 2010 By hello kitchen

Every culture has its comfort food, usually derived from affordable, easy-to-find, palatable ingredients. Sometimes I see these simple meals labeled as ‘peasant food’, which I think is such an endearing term. I always picture a woman in a field, under.... read more →

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