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In addition to our real-life move, Manchego's [blog] Kitchen is also getting an upgrade. Please visit for new posts! Thanks Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at manchego's kitchen
i've been trying something a little new . . . gluten-free and/or vegan baking. this is partly because, well, i moved back to california. but also because my main baked goods audience has shrunk to the very lovely people who work for the somm. and they HAVE to like my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at manchego's kitchen
guys. GUYS. we bought a house. not just any house. a 1918 craftsman. it's beyond adorable. and the kitchen? beyond in need of updating. and by updating, i mean we are going to gut it, tear down an interior wall, and push out the back of the house. oh, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at manchego's kitchen
would you like some carbs with your carbs? if so, i have the bread for you. not messing around here . . . mashed potatoes, skins and all, are the basis of these hearty and crusty loaves. good crusty bread is such a weakness of mine. i'm sure i've said... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at manchego's kitchen
growing up, fridays were always take-out pizza night. a night to relax the rules, rent a movie, and laze about on the sofa. no vegetables required. the whole of the weekend just stretching out ahead of you, full of promise. this is a slightly more grown-up pie than the little... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at manchego's kitchen
we're back to baking with julia this week. i have so much catching up to do. does this blog need yet another brownie recipe? probably not. but here you go! julia, dorie and rich katz all seem to agree that these are the best-ever brownies. they are good. ridiculously fudgy.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at manchego's kitchen
we need to do something nice for ourselves. something healthy. something full of leafy greens. it is a bit of a selfish request, you see. i'm on a couch coughing my lungs up, surrounded by lozenge wrappers and half drunk cups of mint tea. i have a really divine fudgy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at manchego's kitchen
there was this great story on npr the other morning about the "ikea effect." conventional wisdom has generally been that people spend time on the things they love. the researchers being the ikea effect posit the thought that spending time on things is it's own active force in building that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at manchego's kitchen
this fall felt so long and warm, i thought that winter would never really come to california. when the cold finally began to hit, it came as a bright surprise, a delicious reason to hunt for boot and socks and layers of long sleeves. for a mug of afternoon tea... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at manchego's kitchen
so, i made you some really adorable and yummy cookies for this holiday season. packaged them up in sweet little boxes with tissue paper and ribbons. and then proceeded to take many, many horrible photos of them. you are welcome! i've been struggling to get into the holiday spirit this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
sometimes change is hard. sometimes change is really really hard. sometimes you're the one who gets to jump off the cliff, sometimes life gives you a nudge. or a shove. finding a new favorite muffin recipe is not hard change. for close to ten years, i'd been a pretty strong... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
i took a few months off this year. to move. to breathe. to sleep. i learned a couple of things about myself. particularly, the importance of structure. for example. without a plan, a day can unspool, like a bobbin of thread running loose across the floor, every tug you give... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
summer is almost over. what a summer it has been. here in california, the edges of summer linger in lazy, sunny afternoons. autumn is trying to sneak in with its crisp, cool air. it is there in the cloud cover that hangs softly over the mornings, easing us into the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
i first had popovers in high school. we had a british-themed night. watched some monty python. it's true. i've been a huge nerd for quite some time. popovers are fun. minimal effort, and they do all kinds of funky stuff in the oven. this one reminds me of the nike... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
real talk: cleaning out the fridge before a big move. i've admitted to my slight hoarder tendencies before. This summer, i've been forced to confront the true extent of my problem. it's been a delicious problem to have. every get together I've hosted this summer has been catered by the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
first, i would like to thank everyone who visited my blog last week and for all the comments! i appreciate you! on to this galette . . . such a fancy name for such a simple, rustic and homey tart. this was light, thin crust and studded with crunchy cornmeal.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
in my book, pie is a winter food, best left for graham cracker crusts and creamy pumpkin filling with the warmth of the oven and scent of nutmeg making a cheery end to a cold and dark evening. summer is why we have crisps and crumbles. the glorious lack of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
i don't really understand biscotti. i like a gooey cookie. a chewy, melty chocolate chip cookie. i can handle a crispy cookie . . . a ginger snap or crumbly shortbread. but biscotti. what, my friends, is the point? this isn't to knock the joy of dunking. i very much... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
it was a good weekend, full of family, sunshine and good food. also, many photos in extreme variations of lighting and camera source. brace yourself. everything tastes better when eaten with your fingers and an endless supply of raspberry sauce. goat cheeses and cherries . . . summer berry season... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
sometimes, i feel like fine dining is totally wasted on me when i would be perfectly happy just consuming the bread basket. sometimes (see friday night, to the somm's horror) a loaf of good crusty bread is dinner. add butter, cheese, maybe some honey. call it a day. since the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
summer has arrived. with a vengeance. luckily, we can temper the crankiness brought on by heat and humidity with the sweet pucker of strawberries. i love the classic sweet tart of strawberries and rhubarb. i like my food with balance. not too much one way or the other. the way... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
there are two food traditions in my life: grandma's stuffing at thanksgiving and a bunny cake at easter. i'll be honest, my earliest memories of this cake are more related to stealing jelly beans from the bunny decorations than the actual cake. and then lying my pants off about it.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
did you have a good easter/passover/pagan spring celebration? good. me too. i ate too much, but it was glorious. i can't wait to show you the bunny cake. next week! in the meantime. i offer you this delightful brunch menu. first, start with mimosas. this might seem self-evident, but it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
this baking challenge is certainly going to get me to make recipes i never would have otherwise. take this "pizza" rustica. i approached the recipe with extreme caution. i knew i could get behind the ingredients in the filling: prosciutto, ricotta, cheese, more cheese. but baked in a sweet pie... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at manchego's kitchen
we all know i'm a crazy overachiever when it comes to desserts. i may be half-assing my way through many many other parts of my life, but when it comes to treats, i want them to be made from scratch. except for brownies. i love me a good brownie. rich,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at manchego's kitchen