Bowen Close

Bowen Close believes that food should make people happy and healthy, and loves bringing together people with creative, delicious food made from the heart. She loves making farm-inspired, flavorful dishes with sustainable ingredients - whether that's a big plate of roasted veggies, a towering chocolate layer cake, or a cocktail utilizing backyard ingredients - and collects recipes and other food-related stories on her website, Bowen Appétit. She is a chef, cooking instructor, and food writer living in Southern California with her husband and fully stocked pantry.

Culinary Tips: Homemade Pie Crust 101

Know why various ingredients and techniques and approaches are proselytized, and why someone might choose one ingredient over another or why all recipes say to take a certain step. Different methods will work better or worse for various people, and you’ll have to find what works best for you.

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Spring Spätzle with Ramps

Basic spätzle is combined with lemony sautéed mushrooms and ramps for a quick and easy spring side perfect with grilled meats and vegetables.

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Smooth Butternut Tahini Spread

Roasted with onion and garlic, and whirred into velvet with Greek yogurt and tahini. Salty, sweet, luscious – perfect for pita chips or as a puree with meat

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Rhubarb Liqueur

This is the liqueur of the summer. Simple to make, it is not too sweet and is great for sipping. Mix into your favorite cocktail.

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Loaded Baked Eggs

An easy, heart-warming breakfast that can fill everyone at your morning table. Use up your leftover vegetables and ham then toss it in the oven with cheese and cracked eggs.

Honey Gimlet

Honey Gimlet

This complex and sweet – but not too sweet – cocktail pairs perfectly with the comforting foods of the colder months.

Apple Picker Cocktail

Apple Picker Cocktail

This cocktail is full of Autumnal flavors but, unlike many seasonal drinks, it is served cold, making it ideal for the current mild weather.

Apple Rum Cake

Apple Rum Cake

This is the perfect dish for anyone going apple picking this season — more apples than cake. Even if you don’t, it makes a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert.

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Dutch Baby

Dutch Baby

This baked pancake requires just a few ingredients to come together and can be topped with anything from lemon juice and powdered sugar to peanut butter and bananas.

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Basic Risotto

Basic Risotto

You can serve it for its silky, stripped-down self as a side dish, or as a main mixed with almost any combination of vegetables, meats, eggs, and sauces.

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Just a little chicken, pounded into thin, tender slices and coated with a bit of savory salt and pepper flour.

Summer Blended Gazpacho

Chilled soup, silky and cool, with the garden freshness of tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, and the flavors of garlic, oil, and vinegar.

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