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The Bangkok Blush (a color-changing cocktail)

The Bangkok Blush (a color-changing cocktail)

Blue foods are striking (and rare) all by themselves, but add a little lime juice and this emerald blue elixir will *magically* change into a brilliant purple. I've named my little cocktail the Bangkok Blush. And the flavor? A dangerously drinkable mix of Thai basil, gin and fresh lime juice....
Braided Racerback Tank

Braided Racerback Tank

I've cooked up something a little different: a sewing pattern! With just one little seam and about 20 minutes, you can turn an old tshirt into this racerback tank.
Pizza with Egg, Arugula and Chanterelles

Pizza with Egg, Arugula and Chanterelles

My new favorite pizza: mushrooms, fresh bitter greens and a whole egg cooked right on top.
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Popcorn pop-up cards

Popcorn pop-up cards

Make your own microwave popcorn bags! I've used my secret origami skills to design a pretty little card that you can fill with popcorn kernels and pop up in the microwave. These little guys are cute enough to give as gifts and practical enough to use for everyday snacking.
Roasted Red Plum & Thyme Jam

Roasted Red Plum & Thyme Jam

Preserving is a fundamental, old-school way to keep a thrifty kitchen. Buy fruits and vegetables in peak season, and they will be cheaper and tastier. Can some of this goodness, and you can relive the tastes of summer when things like fresh plums are a distant memory. This jam uses pretty roasted red plums along...
3 Simple Tangy Creamy  Popsicles

3 Simple Tangy Creamy Popsicles

The best way I know to beat the heat is with lots of frozen treats. I've thrown together three creamy and tangy popsicle recipes with flavor combinations that might just knock your socks off: Mango lassi, Grapefruit Buttermilk and Key Lime Pie. (Also, probably the easiest recipes I've ever written.)
Luminous Watermelon Salad

Luminous Watermelon Salad

For my ultraviolet recipe I've created a refreshing, chilled summer salad that is visually striking in daylight and in ultraviolet light. Mint oil and a tart tonic granita compliment perfect little cubes of cucumber and watermelon. A memorable first course, in any light.
Ultraviolet Foods

Ultraviolet Foods

Most foods are pretty dull under ultraviolet light. But a few are brilliant (literally). I've gathered up a handful of ingredients and pointers for the next time you want to cook up something that glows.
Lavender Blueberry Semifreddo

Lavender Blueberry Semifreddo

We’re right smack dab in the middle of blueberry season. And though they look blue when you pick them, a few minutes of simmering turns those blueberries unmistakeably purple.  I love using fragrant lavender as a seasoning (also in season now), but enough lavender to color this dish would have made it inedible. Luckily for...
Purple Food Roundup!

Purple Food Roundup!

There are lots of misnomers in the world of plant food colors. “Red” cabbage and onions, and lettuce definitely look purple, purple potatoes can look blue. (And cooked blueberries are definitely purple.) Lots of “black” fruit and grains turn out purple: black rice, black mission figs, black grapes, blackberries. Perhaps I ought to forgive whoever...
Blue Moon Tart

Blue Moon Tart

Blue recipe! Bluefoot mushrooms are hard to track down, but their intoxicating flavor and aroma make the hunt worthwhile. Paired with shallots, cream and purple potatoes; I've made a rich, succulent savory (blue!) tart.
Blue Food Roundup!

Blue Food Roundup!

Blue is notoriously scarce in the world of natural foods, I've rounded up a few blue exceptions. Included: a remarkable little pea flower, which food might turn blue when you pickle it, and how to turn red cabbage blue.
Green Rice with Fava Beans and Garlic Scapes

Green Rice with Fava Beans and Garlic Scapes

Colorful foods week 4= Green! Sabzi polo is a tasty, herb-packed Persian rice dish, perfect for celebrating springtime abundance. My version adds a bright green infused oil and tasty garlic scapes.
Green Food Roundup!

Green Food Roundup!

Colorful cooking week four: green foods! Green foods are certainly abundant, but keeping your greens vibrant is no simple task. This week's roundup has tips for keeping your cooked greens bright and unusual ways to add brilliant green to your meals.
Turmeric Ginger Beer

Turmeric Ginger Beer

Fresh turmeric makes this simple homemade ginger beer bright, electric yellow. Spicy, lightly sweet and refreshing, this is a perfect cold treat for ginger lovers. One surprise: my favorite method for making ginger beer turns out to be the simplest.