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Balsamic-Grilled Portobello & Roasted Pepper Salad


I love airplanes. Yes, I know they're germ-filled and cramped and usually there's a baby screaming, but I still love them. I love the fact that when I'm in one, I'm en route somewhere (which to me is always exciting, no matter where the destination). But mostly I just love having a block of uninterrupted time. No cleaning, no errand-running, no meetings, no distractions: just time alone with my thoughts. I used to use my airplane time ...more

Naan Bread Pizzas with Ricotta & Shaved Asparagus


Hi friends! I hope you all had a glorious Easter weekend. The weather here has been beyond perfect the past few days, and the trees are at their pastel peak right now. I'm sure I must look a little crazy lately, walking around my neighborhood tripping over the sidewalk because I can't stop looking up at the flowering trees and the cloudless sky. That's what spring does to me...makes me look up. Spring brings back my sense of wonder. It makes ...more

Winter Squash Salad with Kale & Pomegranate Seeds


Full disclosure: I am obsessed with this salad. I started making it a week or so ago and have now eaten it almost every day. It is that good. (And super-healthy and dinner-party beautiful!) It was inspired by a salad I ate last winter at Emporio, a great Italian restaurant in our neighborhood. I loved their combination of kale, roasted winter squash, pomegranate seeds and Pecorino shavings and figured it would be easy enough to ...more

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My name is Anna Watson Carl. In a word, I love food, I love France, and I love throwing dinner parties. Over the years, I've worked as a personal chef, taught cooking classes, edited cookbooks, written for magazines, tested and styled recipes, and traveled whenever opportunity has arisen. But at heart, there's nothing I love more than sharing a meal with friends around the yellow table.

For me, cooking has always been a way of life. As a (mildly precocious) ten-year old, I planned and prepared a four-course Valentine's dinner for my parents, birthing a lifelong passion for dinner parties. That was just the beginning. I've been cooking ever since, whipping up souffles at a chateau in Burgundy, searing filet mignon for a wealthy client's dog (bizarre, but true), butchering ducks for confit de canard in Paris, baking the night shift in Nashville, and bathing the floor of my NYC apartment in turkey brine...the story continues.


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