Monthly Archives: August 2008

I live in the hills just east of San Francisco, where blackberries grow wild. When I run in my neighborhood early in the morning, it’s too dark to see the ripened berries, but I can smell them. Their aroma hangs … Continue reading

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It’s alarming how many recipes there are out there for something as simple as pie crust. Some involve complicated ratios of different types of flour, some involve food processors, and still others rely on–I’m not kidding–artisan butter. Let me save … Continue reading

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Last Saturday marked the end of my first term as an MBA student at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. It was also the day I sat through a grueling, three-hour final exam in financial accounting, and the … Continue reading

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A few of you e-mailed me after I posted the recipe for Peaches ‘n Cream Tart with questions about peeling peaches. To answer your questions: Yes, you really should peel your peaches in most baking applications, and no, the boiling … Continue reading

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Today I’m at the office wearing a shirt dress and heels (Brian Atwood, if you must know) and I have a very un-ladylike wound on the front of my shin. I met my friend Vicki for coffee this morning, who … Continue reading

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