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Pumpkin Cranberry Baked French Toast

Nothing moves my morning along like the aroma of pumpkin pie mingling with my morning coffee. This breakfast takes no time to whip up the night before- I often do it while dinner is baking or sautéing. I’ve shortened the prep time even further by grinding the mix of spices in a batch so I just have to add a teaspoon of it. It’s basically “pumpkin pie spice.” The next morning, I stagger bleary-eyed downstairs and throw it in the cold oven and move on to the business of the morning. By the time the lunches are made, breakfast is ready.

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Pumpkin Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

You guessed it. This is an autumnal riff on Funky Monkey Baked Oatmeal. The cravings for pumpkin and cranberries begin with the first ruby maple leaf and don’t wane until the appearance of the first crocus.

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Deconstructed Thanksgiving Turkey

I was a twenty-something culinary ingénue living in San Francisco. My BFF- Kyle- in-laws and a few other guests were in town for Thanksgiving. I was absolutely tickled that I was going to make my turkey with a chef as talented as Kyle. I had my first fresh, expensive bird before me- a bird whose provenance was so esteemed that I couldn’t bear to treat it like just another bird. I wanted my guests to fall on the floor and start speaking in tongues when they tried their first bite.

I consulted my America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook, which extolled the virtues of spatchcocking the turkey. This involves cutting out the bird’s backbone and sort of butterflying the whole thing open. That seemed distinctive and sophisticated enough to make my statement of culinary prowess. I’d already brined the bird and had the herbed butter ready to go.

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Across the Table

Sunday, January 29, 2012, 10:35PM

Washington D.C.

I’m sitting here in a hotel room, getting ready to bring Ready Prep Go!, the TV show, back to life.  If you don’t already know the story, I shot a pilot for a cooking show based on what I’ve been doing in the classes.   Weeks after doing that, I found out we were moving back to NY.  I wasn’t shootin’ 13 episodes of anything at that point.  So, like so many things in life, Ready Prep Go!, the show, had to wait its turn.

Wish me luck.  And if you want to see the “sizzle reel,” its here.

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