Author Archives: Megan

Mini Garlicy Scallop Sandwiches

For a while I had a draft post sitting in the cue called “thanks Mark Bittman.” I started writing it when he retired from his full time post at New York Times. I wanted to thank him for all of … Continue reading

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Beer Pancakes & Coffee-off

Picked up this trick over the holidays at mom’s. We always have big family breakfasts with 2-3 random friends and piles of whatever we can find in the fridge. Mom whipped out an old school recipe for Beer Pancakes, which … Continue reading

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Beef & Broccoli, Because Alex Only Likes The Tops

This super quick and delicious Beef and Brocoli recipe from Steamy Kitchen is for those, like Alex, who prefer just the ‘florets’ of the broccoli. Which I’ve always wondered….What is your take on dim sum style Gai-Lan Al? It’s pretty much topless. … Continue reading

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Dietastic West

Counter to typical expectations of Los Angelinos, Steve and I have not yet participated in a master cleanse, nor have we lived as vegans, attempted to eat raw, gluten free, or local only. We do live on a California diet … Continue reading

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Stuck-to-Pot-ers

One day when I’ve ruined 10,000 dishes I dream that I’ll be a learned speed chef. 30 min flat. Fresh pasta, soufflé, ice cream custard… Somehow the learning and the speeding are not building upon one another in the way that … Continue reading

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Working Through the Grudge Against my Garden

A synopsis of container gardening and why it’s totally worth it even though it drives me mad. I started assembling a container garden a few years back. I think it was right after I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and not … Continue reading

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Chanterelle Toast Topper

For Thanksgiving ’10 and ’09 Stantastic West ventured up the California coast to our aunt’s house in Seb-town. Both times we extended the 3 day weekend into a 10 day vacation, taking time to wine taste, camp in big sur, … Continue reading

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Making Kimchi with a Legit Korean Grandmother

I want to make more enormous food. Goat roasts, fish fries, manicotti parties…. I loved Gabrielle Hamilton‘s description of her wedding cake in her recent book Blood Bones and Butter, an enormous ball of barrata for which each guest was given … Continue reading

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tBLT’s

In a brief moment of concern for our health I bought peppered turkey bacon. About an hour later I looked in the fridge perplexed as to why I thought that was a good idea. It was a pretty hypocritical flash … Continue reading

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The Mood for Muffalettas + Mojitos

When I first met Steve I assured him that I had been to the south, I’d been to New Orleans five times and loved it. He assured me New Orleans was not definitive of the south as a whole. We … Continue reading

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