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Failure

Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? It’s chicken marinated in smoked paprika, ancho chili powder, chipotles, garlic, and lime and orange juices. The marinade smelled tangy and spicy; I had high hopes for it. I was looking for something to do

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The daily grind

I have no patience for lunch. Unless we are talking me and a girlfriend, fancy salads, and maybe a naughty midday cocktail, the idea of lunch doesn’t rouse me at all. I am exactly motivated enough to think of and

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What’s For Pud?

In conjunction with Becks & Posh and Jam Faced we are celebrating the oft ignored St. George’s Day, and thus the nation of England herself, with dessert. Tejal, being both British and a pastry chef, has the credentials; I’m just

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Evidence

How do you know that your hot sauce addiction has gone too far? The above bottle of chipotle Tabasco had been in my possession for a mere 24 hours when that photo was taken. During the course of that day,

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Chicken, by popular demand

It was recently brought to my attention that, although I mention roast chickens all the time, I’ve never actually given a recipe. I’ll seek to remedy that shortly, but first, I should mention something of my history with the dish.

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Delicious puffs

If you’re a cream puff fan (and what sensible person isn’t?) and you live in San Francisco, this is very good news.

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More Secret Food Confessions

Because, dear readers, I must always be honest with you, I don’t like natural peanut butter very much. This may be because I don’t particularly care for peanuts unless they are made into peanut sauce, garnishing kung pao chicken or

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Radish madness

What’s round, crunchy, salty, and excellent for snacking? Potato chips, obviously, but why limit yourself? For the last year or so, here at Chez Marthe, radishes have been a snack food of choice. It sounds like one of those healthy

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Rare pairings

Last weekend, Stephen came home from the grocery store with a six-pack (yes, quite literally six bottles in a little cardboard holder) of wines of such questionable provenance and low cost as to elicit shame in even the most value-conscious

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Black Beauty

It took me a while to embrace my Southern heritage. Perhaps it is truly that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but after years spent trying to minimize my accent and be perceived as a generically cosmopolitan citizen of the

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