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The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives

I’ve been working on something for about a month now, that’s very personal, and very important to me. It could change not just my entire life, but the lives of my whole family. And it’s high time I told you about it, because I need your help to make it work. As most of our… 

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How to Spatchcock a Chicken

How to Spatchcock a Chicken

Snipping out the backbone of a chicken was not as difficult as I had imagined it would be. Be firm and decisive in your cuts and it should come out rather neatly. The practice of spatchcocking is really nothing more than butterflying, from what I understand. And while the etymology of the word is up for… 

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

It seems like there are a few different ways to approach Valentine’s Day. There’s the moodily-lit, glossy magazine ad version of the day, which seems to paint women as these precious little gift-obsessed lunatics, who will throw all of your worldly possessions out of a second-story window if you don’t deliver precisely the correct combination… 

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Crispy Oven-Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Oven-Roasted Potatoes

My dad was completely obsessed in his search for a perfectly-crispy hash brown. It was perhaps the most important metric by which he measured a breakfast place; the best diner breakfast in the world could be ruined by a side of wet, soggy, greasy hash browns. For him, such lazy inattention to detail was taken… 

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Brown Butter & Bacon Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter and Bacon Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

For the first time in twelve years, and with our baby about to be born, we spent New Year’s Eve sober, sitting on the couch. Our first New Year’s Eve together was in the year 2000. Remember how we all almost died in Y2K, or were inconvenienced, or something? On break from college, Malcolm was staying with… 

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Giant Ravioli with Egg Yolk, Spinach, and Ricotta

Giant Ravioli with Spinach, Ricotta, and Egg Yolk

It’s ten thirty in the morning and I’m making pasta by hand with a baby strapped to my chest. I imagine this is how women have been cooking since The Agricultural Revolution. For a morning I feel connected to grandmothers I will never know, like being an individual is insignificant compared to being an infinitesimal piece of… 

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Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwich

Today’s Sandwich: Buffalo Chicken Salad (Homemade)

We’re still shaking off the Patriots loss, and nursing our post-Superbowl chicken wing hangover here at From Away World Headquarters. As it turns out, two and a half pounds of Buffalo wings are just too many, when your Superbowl party is made up of just two people, no matter how enthusiastic about chicken those two… 

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Crispy Shrimp Tacos

Crispy Fried Shrimp Tacos with Ancho Chile Tartar Sauce

This recipe is a bit of a bastardization of a food that I already associate more with California than I do with Mexico. Instead of using a flaky fried fish, as you would in a Baja-style fish taco, I substituted in golden fried shrimp, battered in a dark beer batter that puffs up super light… 

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J's Oyster

Only The Lonely: J’s Valentine

Alone, again. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you’ve destroyed another fledgling relationship with your neediness, your jealousy, your poor judgement and lack of underpants during a night of drinking with his coworkers, or your unnerving penchant for dressing up your dog in period costumes. You suck. In another scenario, that childish bastard has cheated on… 

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