Recipe: California Lobster + Shrimp Aglio e Olio

"'s no surprise that linguini aglio e olio is a meal I have made myself many times, particularly during the days I used to travel frequently for work. I could come back from out of town and know that I'd always have garlic cloves, olive oil, linguini, and chili flakes on hand. Cooking up a big batch of pasta always had a way of helping me settle into home again, of making the space feel instantly lived-in in a way a takeout meal couldn't."

Cookbook Spotlight: How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman (+ my favorite classic American pie crust recipe)

Lemon bars made with gelatin give you a clean, precise slice when all is said and done. They're great for presentation. Lemon bars without gelatin are more gooey, less showy, and meant for Sunday afternoons sitting on the porch catching up with a close friend. They are completely lacking in pretension-- they may not totally hold their shape while you're trying to plate them up, so you might as well eat them right out of the pan.

Cookbook Spotlight: Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan

April's Cookbook of the Month is: Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan

Among all of my cookbooks, my Dorie Greenspan books are likely the ones I have used the most over the years. She has a very approachable way of writing, to the point that you feel she could be your cool next door neighbor who shares killer recipes at every block party, and always has a batch of excellent homemade cookie dough in her freezer* (*a personal life goal of my own.)