Tag: food

“An Electric Mixer Fitted With the Paddle Attachment”

Are you ready for the saddest mixer story ever?  I mean ever.  It’s about a young woman, her dreams of baking dominance and the kitchen appliance that crushed them.  Yes?  Then let’s begin….. I’ve got a love/hate relationship with my kitchen appliances.  On one hand, there’s no way I could do some of the things

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“You’ve Got a Funny Way of Saying ‘That was delicious.'”

Sometimes dinner is just dinner – nothing fancy or extravagant or particularly exciting.  But still, it’s always nice to hear, “That was a good dinner.” Growing up, my mom’s standard way to cook chicken was to put the bone-in breasts in a big frying pan and cover them with a ton of onions and a

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Insert Strawberry Here

I swear strawberries grow like weeds in California.  I drive by several huge fields of them each morning on my way to work.  According to the California Strawberry Commission, (which I didn’t even know existed until about five minutes ago, but they have a really cool thing on their website called the Berry Report which

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Pie is My Favorite

I love pie.  I love fruit pies, cream pies, savory pies.  Basically serve anything in a light, flaky crust – whether for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner or dessert – and I’m done for.  I think Rose Levy Beranbaum said it best in her cookbook, “The Pie and Pastry Bible”: There are two kinds of people:

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International Breakfast Pastries, kinda…

Unless I’m completely hung over or have just finished running 4 miles, I rarely enjoy a big breakfast.  I think breakfast is perfect when it’s nothing more than fruit, a protein (like yogurt, string cheese, nuts or an egg), and a bit of starch – like a piece of toast or a granola bar.  The

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Where Did Your Produce Sleep Last Night?

I really can’t remember when I first heard about the farm to table concept.  It could have been three years ago reading “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”; watching Top Chef or maybe it was just cruising random food blogs.  Regardless, I was taken with the concept and quickly began implementing it at home. For the uninitiated, farm

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Umm, yeah so I’ve had a little wine….

I apologize in advance for going all Julia on you, but really, what do you expect after a (quite large) glass of wine and total immersion in “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” volumes one AND two.  I may ramble.  And you have been forewarned. It’s no secret to my family that I’ve been struggling

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Seasonal Bounty: Citrus

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (www.unctad.org) the term citrus fruit includes several different types of fruits. Although oranges account for about 70% of citrus output, the group also includes small citrus – such as tangerines, mandarines, clementines and satsumas – lemons, limes and grapefruits. And I swear I have about

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Breakfast for Dinner

It’s easy to create a routine which quickly degenerates into a rut.  I’ve found this to be especially true with food and cooking.  Often I find a new taste, ingredient, tool or method of cooking and that’s what I stick to for awhile.  (Case in point:  I’ve made a total of five tarts – both

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A Legacy in the Kitchen

My Grandpa Vern passed away just this past October and at his service, each of his three kids (my mom and two uncles,) my brother and I were all asked to speak.  Inevitably, we shared stories about his career, international travels, vacations to Tahoe, strict rules (eating bacon with a fork?)  and love of the

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