Indian Dal Nirvana

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I subscribe to multiple cooking magazines, their glossy photos serve as my “look book” for dinner ideas. But my favorite section actually has no photos, the “dear editor” letters from readers revisiting a favorite food memory and pleading to weasel the recipe from the restaurant chef. Magazine editors and test kitchens take a complicated chef’s recipe, “home cookitize” for us …

Photo: Dal Nirvana

I just came back from Los Angeles where friends Matt Armendariz, Gaby Dalkin, Rachelle Lucas, Rachael Hutchings, Lucy Lean, Jenny Kayano and I dined at Nirvana Restaurant in Beverly Hills. I fell in love with their lentils and the chef just emailed the recipe over! Fantastic. Can’t wait to share the Dal Nirvana recipe.

15 Minute Japanese Mushroom Flatbread

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The intentions of making my own pesto sauce from scratch was certainly there, but something silly like I-killed-my-basil-plant got in the way of my plans. There’s nothing more sad than walking out to my mini-garden and seeing a sad, shriveled and shrunken herb. Oh poor little thing! You had such potential! I have a feeling that the mint got a …