Classic Chess Pie

Classic Chess Pie

When I was young, my mom–who never really seemed to eat anything, much less dessert–would often wax rhapsodically about something called chess pie. Apparently, her college years in Nashville had given her a taste for this Southern staple that she couldn’t hope to satisfy in our northeastern burg. My siblings and I had never heard of chess… 

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Making a Sourdough Starter

The Bread Exchange

I once got a sourdough starter. I was determined to master the art of bread baking, to turn out loaf after endless loaf of perfectly browned sourdough, its crust shatteringly crisp, its interior filled with many, many pockets of air. Me in my flour-coated apron, with my charming flour-flecked chin and hair (come ON, how… 

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New Spain

New-Spain

I’m having a ginger moment. This moment has lasted months, actually. It got started on summer vacation and has stretched happily into cooler (colder!) temps. Since July, it seems like every time we’ve eaten out, bartenders have been mixing up cocktails with a whole lotta ginger. Smoky mezcal and ginger beer, ginger margaritas, even a… 

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