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Archive for April, 2009

April 7, 2009

spring pizza and molly’s dressing

A Bon Appétit inspired Sunday dinner:

Miracle of miracles, I actually made something from one of my numerous magazines. 2 things actually. It started with Molly’s version of Chez Panisse’s Green Goddess dressing. I’m so lazy with salad dressing. I pretty much exclusively rely on olive oil, salt and lemon, but it was a beautiful Sunday, I was feeling motivated to make something tasty. Plus I was thinking about Jora’s post on Design Mom a few weeks ago… good dressing=easy delicious salad for the week. Good point.

I left out the anchovies because of the vegetarian thing, added a little extra salt, and substituted red wine vinegar for the white wine vinegar (because I didn’t have the former on hand) and it was still totally delicious. Also, due to aforementioned laziness, I blended the herbs in the food processor instead of finely chopping and whisking by hand. I mean if you have the appliance out, you might as well use it for everything.

And then to go with our friendly new dressing, a pizza serendipitously born from random selections at the Farmer’s Market. Mini heirloom potatoes, leeks (just watched the Jamie Oliver leek episode and could not leave the market without them), asparagus… all of which added up to a lovely version of the pizza in this month’s issue. I added the buttery leeks as a first layer and left off the goat cheese because we didn’t have any, but it still turned out acceptably tasty. The crust wasn’t great, but I’m not a whiz with bread so it definitely could have been user error as opposed to a suboptimal recipe. And if I make it again, I think I’ll toss the potatoes in a little garlic and olive oil before arranging them on the pizza.

I love making pretty dinners when it’s still light out in the evening and we have a kitchen full of new produce. It tricks me into believing that I don’t have to go to work the next day. For at least those few hours.

April 6, 2009


Friday night, just finished dinner with friends at AK on Abbot Kinney and there, parked in front of the Brig, glowing like a beacon of the promised land, is Kogi. JUST finished dinner, as in stepping out of the restaurant and into line behind a taco truck. We had no choice.

For non-LA residents, Kogi is a Korean taco truck that roams the streets of LA declaring its whereabouts though it’s Twitter feed. Which means these tacos can be elusive, especially if you’re not on Twitter. Delicious culinary delights I say, that as it turns out are perfectly sized for a post dinner snack. Spicy kimchi topped dessert, if you will.

If you live here, you need to eat these.

(bottom pic from Kogi)

April 1, 2009

pink denim

i need. going to Madewell this weekend. even though their jeans do not fit me at all i’m going to torture myself by trying them again.

April 1, 2009

max wanger = the engagement shoot savant

this sesh in particular. woah.

you must see the whole day’s progression on his blog.

exactly how long does one need to wait before planning a vow renewal. and if one plans said vow renewal, are engagement renewal photos also allowed?

you totally think i’m serious don’t you? i’m not. for now.