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pin it!pin it!pin it!pin it!pin it! I needed this vegan chocolate cake recipe in my life. Mostly because: cake, but also because its inherent virtuousness (still talking abut cake) really uplifted and inspired me. I used to focus a lot of energy on making vegan desserts that were also somewhat nutritionally virtuous. I would exasperate

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I know what you’re thinking: Ask Angela? What happened to my Friday FAQs?! I decided to do a little name change for this series. My alternate title contender was “Ask Angela and I’ll try my very best not to steer you toward an epic cooking fail”. Lol. But that title proved to be a little

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Benoit Castel Pastry Shop

There’s an exciting wave of pastry places opening in Paris. The last time that happened to such an extent was when Pierre Hermé kicked off a new wave of excitement about la pâtisserie nearly two decades ago. What new is that many of the pastry shops are outside of traditional areas. Visitors often say they want to go

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For the Best Flan, Double the Caramel

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik. Video: Natalie Holt.] When you usually think of dessert for one, it’s something microwaved in a mug or a precious, portioned miniature. But I don’t want a sensible cupcake or tiny pie, I want something I can eat entirely, all on my own. This flan fits the bill. With deep, dark caramel

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[Photograph: Eliesa Johnson. Rice photograph: Vicky Wasik] In part 2 of my interview with JJ Johnson, the charismatic chef and co-author of Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day, I had to ask him to explain the book’s lengthy subtitle word by word, and to explain what he and

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Chicory Soup & Camino Photos

As you drive south on Oakland’s Grand Avenue toward Lake Merritt, on the right hand side, you’ll notice a beautiful exposed brick building. Its lines are symmetrical, and the roof is tiled with waves of red terra-cotta. There are beautiful wood beams framing street-side windows expansive from sidewalk skyward. Camino is a special restaurant owned

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When you get a call at 3.30pm inviting you to a potluck BBQ that evening, and you’re a gluten-free vegetarian, this salad might just save you. It saved me. Knowing I needed to create something substantial enough to pass as dinner (in case it was the only thing my kids and I could eat) I

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[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] I don’t usually put a lot of time into dessert, but Valentine’s Day is an exception—the holiday just isn’t complete without something sweet. And when it comes to Valentine’s desserts, nothing beats chocolate. There’s no better time to make the chocolate desserts you’ve been dreaming about all year, but have avoided for

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[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] Whether it’s a birthday blowout or a cozy Valentine’s Day dinner party, nothing caps off a celebration quite like a layer cake. There’s something undeniably exciting about unveiling a mountain of cake, especially when it’s a mountain made from chocolate. That excitement, and the expectations that go along with it, is what

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Vitamin Glow Warm Squash Salad

How’s your February chugging along so far? Mine is off to a solid start, and I’m already feeling a bit more positive now that the doldrums of January are past! As for things on the OSG front, we’re working away on our rebooted Friday FAQs and Things I’m Loving Lately series, as well as a

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The Best Ice Cream Scoops

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] We’ve all been there: The craving for ice cream hits, so you grab a spoon and start digging into a pint, hoping to transfer a mound of mint chocolate chip into your bowl. But the spoon bends, hurting your hand in the process, and the hard ice cream remains unmoved. Let’s not

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slow-roasted sweet potatoes

I have been obsessed with the Argentinian chef Francis Mallman since I saw his of Chef’s Table episode in 2015. Sure, about the only thing we have in common is a desire to set food on fire, you know, artfully. He does so these days to great acclaim on his private Patagonian island (and 8

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Slow Cooker Ribollita

Here it is, by popular request! A wonderfully hearty, slow cooker version of ribollita, the famous Tuscan stew made with bean, vegetables, dark greens, and day-old bread. You can start it in the morning, and let it cook over the next 6-8 hours. Just look at the ingredient list, there’s nothing fancy here, and that’s

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[Photograph: Vicky Wasik, Shao Z.] Let’s make one thing clear right out of the gate: Cooking as a couple isn’t for everyone. (Two years ago, we published a whole essay about this, albeit with a happy ending.) Maybe neither of you has Daniel’s sky-high standards in the kitchen, but successfully assembling a dinner together is

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The Winter Gin and Tonic

One of the essential attributes of a bonafide New Orleans homebody is a well-equipped home bar and a humble bit of cocktail curiosity.  If you’re going to be home, you best welcome folks over, and you certainly must offer them a cocktail.  Listen. I don’t make the rules, I’m just here to share them.  My

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