Souvenir Recipes

Like edible souvenirs, these our easy versions of recipes inspired by a trip or a memory of eating on the road so that you can eat like a local even if you never leave home.
Maltagliati Pasta with Summer Vegetables and Ricotta Salata |

Maltagliati Pasta with Summer Vegetables and Ricotta Salata

San Francisco does not do summer. If you've ever been there during midsummer, you've likely been  up here a few welcomed with fog, wind, and temperatures that are decidedly unsummerlike. Despite having lived there over 7 years, I forget this, especially since it's when the rest of the nation is flirting with triple digit weather. So, I get it if you’re thinking it’s just too hot for pasta. But in chilly and cold S.F., it couldn't be more perfect. And the markets are still brimming with summer produce, so that’s when I want a summer pasta like this light, easy Maltagliati Pasta with Summer Vegetables with Ricotta Salata.

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Chocolate Coconut Coffee Seltzer |

Chocolate Coconut Coffee Seltzer

Raise your hand fellow coffee dorks because this recipe is for you. On my latest trip to Portland, it was blazing hot so everyone was selling a version of iced coffee, with lots of appearances by the increasingly popular carbonated iced coffee. As a sort of gateway guzzler, I created this Coconut Chocolate Coffee Seltzer that resembles an old-fashioned East Coast-style Egg Cream, except there's coconut milk and cold brew so it's decidedly different. 

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Moroccan Fruit And Nut ​Truffles  |

Moroccan Fruit And Nut ​Truffles

Ashlae spent nearly two weeks criss-crossing Morocco and tasted her way from Marrakech to Fez and found the best way to understand that country was to go off the beaten path. One of the recipes she created upon her return are these Moroccan fruit and nut truffles — they're ridiculously simple and good and our favorite part is there's no passport required to taste them!

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Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos  |

Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos

This weekend Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos is where it's at. This a perfect recipe in that they're super easy to make but elegant enough to be from a restaurant. Which is likely because these Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos are highly inspired by the Sopa de Crema dish at Taco Maria restaurant. The recipe reflects the restaurant because Taco Maria is pretty unassuming when you first walk in but a few bites and it'll knock your calcetines off (see what I did there?).

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Orange Espresso Granita |

Orange Espresso Granita

It’s known as “dome sickness” in our family. You won’t find a definition in any other dictionary because it's my Mom's term and she'd define it as an intense longing for the duomo of Florence and for Italy in general. To cure my latest bout of dome sickness, I’ve been scraping together (literally) this coffee granita. It’s a classic Southern Italian recipe with the addition of orange juice, cocoa, and some liqueur for something that’s more than meets the eye. And, let’s be honest, it’s a pretty great way to breath new life into leftover coffee.

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Papa's Hushpuppies |

Papa's Hushpuppies

I'm from the South, in case you didn't know, so I love me some hush puppies. These are the gluten free (and vegetarian) version of my Dad's recipes and I use them everywhere. I mean, hush puppies work great in this panzanella, or simply served with beans and rice, fish, or as a fun taco filling!

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Chopped Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing |

Chopped Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing

I wish I knew about this salad so long ago. It's inspired by a salad I found at M Cafe de Chaya that's a bit fancier – with tempeh bacon, beets, and a vegan "Ranch" dressing. But, after spending way more than I should ever be spending on salads, I decided to make my own version. 

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Pistachio-Coconut Chai Coffee Cake |

Pistachio-Coconut Chai Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is one of those recipes that I kinda make without hesitation because it basically works in any situation. House guests? Hostess gift? Road trip? Coffee cake, coffee cake, coffee cake. And, when I'm traveling, I don't always have the coffee or tea that's supposed to go with it so I combined it in this Pistachio Chai Coffee Cake.

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Filipino Sisig Chicken Tacos |

Filipino Sisig Chicken Tacos

I didn’t grow up eating a lot of Filipino food (lumpia was my limit) so I hadn't had sisig until a few years ago. Sisig is basically crispy pork bits with chiles, onions, and citrus – like carnitas' cousin – so you can understand that I was instantly hooked on sisig tacos since I first tried them Senor Sisig’s food truck. 

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Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktails |

Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktails

I’ve been obsessed with all things verde lately, ever since returning from my trip to Baja California, be it salsa verde or Aguachile Verde. So, naturally, when I created a twist on a Bloody Mary for my fellow Californians at Hangar 1 Vodka, I went verde and made this Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktail. 

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Tostones With Chunky Avocado  |

Tostones With Chunky Avocado

I can’t tell you the first time I ever had tostones — aka crispy, golden plantain deliciousness — but I do recall the first time I fell in love with them. It was while I was eating at a sidewalk table at Cafe Habana in New York City and I was doing my best to channel J-Lo’s style a la her If You Had My Love video. Cafe Habana was where I’d regularly meet my girls to recap the drama of the night before, to refuel with high octane Cafe Con Leche, and to nosh on plates upon plates of cuban sandwiches, Mexican-style corn, and, of course, tostones. This recipe makes crisp, golden tostones that rival the best of Cafe Habana but takes it one step further by topping it with an avocado, mango, red onion mix that makes tostones even more addictive.

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Smashed Berry Ricotta Lavender Toast |

Smashed Berry Ricotta Lavender Toast

We're totally smitten with toast — top it with cinnamon sugar, pear compote, or avo, and we're there. But as of late we've been very much partial to this toast. Inspired by the toast we had over the weekend at the SHED Cafe in Healdsburg (aka a place we'd move into if they let us), we made our ow...

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