Author Archives: Jesi

Second-Easiest Ice Cream

Alex and I are moving in a few weeks. If it feels like you’ve heard me say this before, it’s because we’ve moved every two years, like clockwork, since we arrived in Jamaica Plain for the first time eight years … Continue reading

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The Summer of Mezcal

Last month, I turned thirty. Three-oh! Three whole decades! I’d been looking forward to this birthday for a while, so much so that I jumped the gun and started telling people I was thirty about a month early. I have … Continue reading

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I’ve never been particularly skilled at handling disappointments, but one of my proudest achievements in my adult life has been learning to accept bad news with grace. By all accounts, I’ve had an exceptionally good life so far, so the … Continue reading

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Prune, Oat, and Spelt Scones

About this time last year, I realized that I didn’t like my job. At all. I liked the people I worked with; by all accounts, my managers were pleased with my work; and I certainly couldn’t deny that being surrounded … Continue reading

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Late Summer Update! Alternate Title: The Blog’s Still Alive!

Hello… Is this thing on? After my customary summer break—which, in this case, actually started in early spring—it feels good to be back on the blog. I think it’s wise to step away and regroup every once in a while, … Continue reading

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Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Parmesan, Leek, and Lemon

Every few months, I think seriously about cancelling my food magazine subscriptions. I still get a little jolt every time I open the mailbox and see those beautiful glossy covers, but lately, I find that I have less and less … Continue reading

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Black Pepper and Pistachio Granola

I have never been a sports person. Despite having spent the first twenty-two years of my life in the Deep South, where football fandom is stitched into the very fabric of our existence, I could never convince myself to care … Continue reading

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Grapefruit Olive Oil Pound Cake

How even to begin a new blog post when it’s been nearly three months since your last one? Do you acknowledge the long absence with a rambling story about what happened in the interim (which sounds a lot like something … Continue reading

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Carrot Coconut Soup

I have had some pretty unglamorous jobs in the food industry. I worked in the office of a peanut plant during the summer after my freshman year of college (specifically, in the division that sold the leftover peanut hulls– one … Continue reading

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Rice Pudding with Apples, Cinnamon, and Maple

I am a bit of a cookbook hoarder. I know this, you know this, my poor husband definitely knows this, and so do all the saintly people who helped me move over the summer. I actually pared down a good … Continue reading

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