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Susan MacTavish Best
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In 2011, Susan launched Living MacTavish, a lifestyle brand. At she documents the recipes and foods she cooks, the parties she hosts, her personal style, and writes about how to entertain with ease and flair in an always-on world. Susan is passionate about getting people to slow down for a spell to enjoy friends and family over food, drink and spirited conversation.

Susan has run her own successful public relations firm, Best PR, for many years working with prominent clients in the tech industry. She is on the advisory boards of a number of startups, and an active mentor to entrepreneurs. Susan is on the external advisory board of the Yale School of Nursing as well as the UC Berkeley Center for New Media, and is an executive producer on craigslist TV. Susan was also the founder and editor-in-chief of one of the Bay Area's first online guides called Posthoc.

Entries by Susan MacTavish Best

Thai Mexican Chicken Soup

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 3:10 PM


I came up with this recipe recently when I went over to Katherine and Barlow's shared home up on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County. The deal was I'd bring dinner, they'd host. Their home is in the midst of the...

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Herby Potato Salad

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 12:09 PM


Between the frilly dill and the unexpected crunch of the cornichons, this potato salad is a right winner. Pretty, too. I tested it the other evening on some friends and the dill was popular. Dilly!

This salad does well to sit and percolate for...

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Steak And Kidney Pie

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 9:23 AM


I love kidneys. Particularly for breakfast, sautéed in a knob of butter with a splash of sherry and then resting on a crisp English muffin.

But that's not this recipe. I found a version of this recipe in an old book my father gave...

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Oyster Toastie

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 8:17 AM


Utter decadence. Big, fat juicy oysters in a tangy, creamy sauce oozing out of a freshly baked and then broiled buttery roll.

Most good grocers in areas where fresh oysters are found will sell those already shucked in a jar in the seafood...

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Banoffee Pie With Rum Bananas

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 6:55 PM


Look at the size of this massive Banoffee Pie, a sweet giant.

We used to make this pie all the time at uni in England, and typically downed it with a Malibu and Coke cocktail. Fine living indeed. Given just how insanely...

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Mushroom Tart

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 8:15 AM


Savory tarts are my go-to for a quick bite when friends come over unexpectedly. I always have a back stock of store-bought Pâte Brisée dough tucked away in the icebox. On the West Coast, in the freezer section of decent grocers (that does not...

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Forgotten Torte

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 5:03 PM


Holy smokearoos, this dessert is all drama. And there's plenty of room for a bit of self-expression with it too ... just what you want in a dessert, no?

Meringues are such great fun to make. And eat! They're also a snap...

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Roast Chicken With Honey And Soy Sauce

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 9:21 AM


This roast chicken is so very simple to make. And it's delicious as often the most simple recipes are. The recipe was passed along to me from my mother. The combination of ingredients makes the finished dish gorgeous, a dark, golden roasted bird...

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Asparagus Salad

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 12:43 PM


This little salad takes about five minutes to make. With all the tasty asparagus in the markets these days, there's no excuse to not make this! Delish. Plus, it's a good opportunity to use that asparagus dish you have in the back of the...

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Salmon Tartare

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 11:16 AM


Hooray! Salmon season is in full swing which means that your local grocer or fishmonger may have a good deal on California King Salmon. Here's a recipe that I came up with a few weeks ago having fallen into some fresh salmon that looked...

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Bacon Oyster and Olive Bloody Mary

(2) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 3:58 PM


This Bloody Mary will set you right after a late night out. Perfect accompaniment for a hang-out brunch with friends and family the next day. Hangar One's Chipotle Vodka is perfect for this. Bang bang in your mouth. Tomato Vodka does a...

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Egg Mayonnaise

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 6:27 PM


Egg Mayonnaise made its first appearance in my life when I was at sleep-away school in Scotland. It would turn up as mucky mess in sandwiches when we had away-games at neighboring schools.

Recently I've been looking back at old, traditional...

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