Recipe: Best.Cake.Ever.

I’ve never been much of a cake fan. Growing up I always requested either a pie or an ice cream cake as my birthday treat. Cake always seemed too dry and airy. I like my desserts dense and rich. Like a good thick, chewy brownie… mmm. I’ve since discovered that cake doesn’t have to mean dry and light and have found a few that really make my heart sing. This is one of them. And oh dear god, does it fit the bill.

Butter Cake Mastros

Enter the butter cake from Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. Continue reading

Dinner Party Recipes

Raw Zucchini Hummus

         Ingredients
1 cup diced zucchini (peel if you like)
⅓ cup raw tahini
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Combine all of the ingredients into a mini food chopper, and blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust seasonings, to taste, and serve chilled with your favorite veggies. Continue reading

The Inaugural Dinner Party

For the last two and a half years, my fiancé and I have been living in a 390 square foot apartment. Now before you wonder how the heck we did it, let me explain that it was located right on the beach in Santa Monica, California. A backyard as beautiful as this can help you forget about a lack of space:

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One thing that I truly missed while living there (besides a garbage disposal and a room other than the bathroom to escape to) was the space to entertain friends and family. I grew up in a family that cooked and ate together. On weeknights it was Mom cooking us dinner and then waiting for Dad to get home before we sat down to eat. On weekends it was the two of them cooking and grilling together while listening to “steak music” (jazz that was always associated with a more elaborate, relaxed weekend meal). For me, food always brought people together and became a way to express love and gratitude. During the week, I eat a pretty clean and simple diet, but when it comes time to share the experience with others, I like to create a special ambiance with special food. Continue reading