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Chocolate birthday cake

Chocolate cake is on the menu for two reasons this weekend: This blog celebrates its 1-year anniversary, and last night I celebrated my 10-year high school reunion. The delectably dense chocolate cake has instant coffee (or espresso) in the batter, an apt nod to growing up in the suburbs of Seattle.

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Tuna tartare

I’ll tell you a secret about my husband: In certain circles, he responds to the nickname Tuna. His is a story about the power of protein.

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Curried couscous

Curry and turmeric are the golden-hued champions of our spice drawer. I have contemplated taking Indian cooking classes before, if only to learn how to better navigate their spices—exotic powders such as cardamom, star anise, ginger, and allspice from far-flung corners of the world.

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Morning glory muffins

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”

— Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird 

Labors of love by their nature take some work. But you can tell the difference. In this case, you can taste the difference. Officially these morsels are called Bran Flax Muffins, but that sounds about as appealing as cardboard, so I’ve rechristened them Morning Glory Muffins, which better conveys their nutty appeal. These are like a ray of sunshine greeting you in the kitchen.

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Yucatan chicken

Growing up my family sometimes ate unconventional meals. Unusual foods. Things like chicken with green chiles, raisins, and cilantro—but I’ll get to the details in a minute.

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Monday night dinner

Few things render a soul more despairing than a sink full of dirty dishes at 8 p.m. on a weeknight—and that’s before you start cooking dinner. I’m going to share what we do on those nights. Don’t blink or you might miss it.

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Full plate of waffles

This blog turns 1-year-old this week. To celebrate, I plan to post a new recipe every day from now until Saturday—seven of my all-time favorites. We could call it Clary Sage Classics, but of course none of these recipes are really mine. They come from Ina Garten, Molly Wizenberg, Jamie Oliver, and, first and foremost, my mother.

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samples at the Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival

I went to the Heirloom Tomato Festival at the Kendall-Jackson vineyards this Saturday, courtesy of our generous landlords who had spare tickets. The catch is I went solo. As a residency widow, I confess this happens from time to time. But I tell you, traveling alone can be more entertaining than you think.

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Hot Cucumber Soup with Deep-Fried Parsley

I subscribe to a frenzy of food blogs and newsletters. At times I have to dig out my inbox beneath the press of recipes for martinis, vegan chocolate cupcakes, and hamburger sliders. But every now and then the statistical odds tilt in my favor, and just the right recipe will land on my plate. Earlier this week exactly that happened.

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