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Speedy lunch idea: Halve and pit 3 peaches. Splash their bellies with garlic oil, lime juice, and lemon zest. Sprinkle with grey salt. Drape with prosciutto. Broil until peaches soften just a bit and prosciutto is crisp (about 5 minutes). Serve on salty crackers with @pennyroyalfarm Laychee goat cheese. #HellaToasts

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Place hearts of romaine and Treviso radicchio leaves in a bowl. Cut corn kernels off the cob. Brown some butter. Add the corn. Toss with microplaned garlic, olive oil, Grey Poupon, champagne vinegar, chopped parsley, salt. Pour over the greens. Add cubed avocado and mozzarella. Eat with buttered toast and "House of Cards" and a snoring puppy. Try to remember the last time you didn't have to worry about keeping a creature alive. Realize the year was 2002. Almost cry. Lengthen your exhale. #hellasalads

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in the night kitchen

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Tonight, we had a pesto taste test. I made Marcella Hazan's classic pesto: pine nuts, basil, olive oil, ,garlic, parmesan, pecorino, salt, and butter. And then I made my pesto: pine nuts, walnuts, basil, parsley, lemon juice/zest, white wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, parmesan, pecorino, anchovies, and salt. My parents blindly tasted them. They chose mine and I almost fell over.

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We now call the guy on the left Mr. Giardia. It has been that kind of week. 30 days with Bodhi has felt like 30 years. But we love him so.

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#BodhiSelfie

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Sweet and creamy double-baked eggplant with garlic, thick balsamic, anchovy, and olive oil.

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Raspberry and peach clafoutis. Undercooked because chaos. But tasty nonetheless.

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Polenta lasagna with white beans, garlic confit, tomato jam, mozzarella, and Aleppo pepper garlic bread crumbs.

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There is some sort of food smeared on the lens of my iPhone that makes everything look dreamy. My very own fatty schmutz Instagram filter for my Treviso radicchio salad with Champagne grapes, pine nuts, and honey Dijon shallot vinaigrette situation . My kids hated it. Too bitter! Too sour! I Ioved it. #hellasalads

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#YogaWithBodhi and backlight and The Rolling Stones

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Cherry tomato oven sauce. Oven sauce? Is that a thing? It should be.

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Blackberry peach galette. My husband almost fainted from joy.

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I hear every shift and sigh and rollover in the night. I have barely slept in weeks. But he sits on my feet while I chop parsley. He watches me play ping pong. He nibbles on my toes. And he is about to snuggle in bed with me and watch "Bloodline." And he has a name. Finally.

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Vanilla cake with cream cheese icing. All made by my Bella. Thanks for the inspiration, @inagarten! #bcflagcake

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Bella and I made a casual, tart, scrappy, and approachable blackberry lattice pie.

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Strawberry Balsamic Tart gliding into the harbor.

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I have been making so much ricotta that I needed to do something with the excess. So tonight we made scrappy custardy ricotta gnocchi pillows with tomato jam and @meredith_dairy creamy feta.

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