Pesto is green. And naturally so -- because after all, the protagonist in pesto's universal story is basil -- succulent, fragrant, leafy green basil. And sometimes, cilantro, parsley, or dill is used to create an ‘alternate’ kind of pesto that’s ultimately still very green. It never occurred to me that there'd be another color to basil though, until in my recent routine trips to the local supermarket, where they had this amazing rack of purple ruffle basil (otherwise known as red basil). What color pesto would this awesome shade make? Ponder ponder. A little more pondering let me to a...

Sometimes you just need blue cheese. As an adult, I concur and confirm that sometimes, you just NEED blue cheese – whether its in a tart, spread on bread, crumbled into a salad or over a slab of flatbread with rosemary and figs (there’s a recipe for that coming soon, by the way), or made into a dip for crackers and veggies – fact has it that sometimes, you just need this extraordinary ingredient in your life.

I admit that as a child I wasn’t too fond of blue cheese. I may actually have been afraid of it – what is this odd slab of cheese that had veins like me? Was it alive or dead? And...

So I get home after a long day roaming the streets of Cairo. On the trip home in a cab, all I can think about is how it's been hours since brunch, and I'm starving, and want something fast, warm, and comforting. But I dont want to stop over anywhere and grab groceries and carry them upstaris. All I want is to get out of my jeans, shoes, adone something homey, and dig in. A mini-mental inventory of the pantry contents takes place in my mind. And I wonder... can I get away with mac n' cheese without too many extravagant ingredients, and can I make it fast while I take a quick shower? App...

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