Sabzi Gift Guide, Day 4: Braiser


This 3 1/2 quart round braiser from Le Creuset is definitely in the category of splurge. But I really have to say that this is my favorite thing in my kitchen. I bought mine secondhand (but brand new) for less than half the price, so it is worth looking around on eBay and local listings…. 

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Sabzi Gift Guide, Day 3: Pizza Tools


  Remember when I mentioned pizza dough and not having a pizza stone? Well, Matt’s mom, Susan, gave me a gift of a Baking Steel and let me tell you, this is now an essential part of our kitchen. It has seriously taken our homemade pizza to the next level. I mean just look at… 

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Sabzi Gift Guide, Day 2: Cookbooks!


What would a gift guide be without some cookbooks, right? I can safely say that this has been my year of cookbook obsessions. I’ve always owned more than a few, but up until this summer, I think I was safely under 100. Well, that has all changed in the past six months or so. I’ve… 

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Spicy Carrot Pickles

Spicy Pickled Carrots

As I mentioned recently, Matt’s mom was in town a few weeks ago and we spent most of our time hiding from the November snowstorm by embarking on some cooking projects. One of the easiest was this spicy carrot pickles recipe from The Complete Book of Pickling. I would take the word “spicy” with a… 

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Sabzi Gift Guide, Day 1


Over the next week or so, I’ll be sharing some ideas on exciting objects to share with friends and family as holiday gifts, or just things I am interested in that I think you might like. I’m sort of seeing this gift guide as an extended “Friday links.” I’m not endorsing spending lots of money… 

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Lentil soup with Butternut Squash and Fennel

fennel lentil squash soup

First of all, if you haven’t seen Birdman, I really recommend that you do. The trailer doesn’t even begin to round out all that this film is trying to achieve. And that happens to be a lot. It’s so refreshing to see whimsy and imagination combined with serious themes. I can’t wait to see it… 

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