November 2011

Strawberry Black Pepper Chocolate Checkerboard Cookies

November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving is over, which means that I’m officially allowed to listen to Christmas music in the household. Apparently AJ can only listen to Dean Martin sing “Baby it’s Cold Outside” for about a month before he goes crazy. But every year, I look forward to the season, as I’m madly in love with Christmas and […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011

Hey guys, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving – at least to my U.S. readers. The rest of you Happy Fourth Thursday of November!  I’m taking the weekend off to hang out with family, friends and my partner AJ who I feel like I haven’t seen in ages. I’ll be back on […]

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Caramel Spice Super Pumpkiny Pumpkin Pie with Brown Butter Crust, or how I fought the ubiquitous pumpkin pie post and lost.

November 21, 2011

Caramel, Spices and a rich Brown Butter Crust makes this pumpkin pie from scratch one of the most sophisticated elegant recipe you have ever had. I’ve been avoiding the ubiquitous Pumpkin Pie post this entire month because I rarely bake one before Thanksgiving. However, having been to two back-to-back food conferences, where I learned that that food blogs are “lifestyle” […]

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Three things to do with leftover Vanilla Bean Pods: Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Salt

November 17, 2011

Vanilla beans are crazy expensive. They also come in a dozen varietals and picking and choosing a type of vanilla bean to use in a recipe is sort of like picking and choosing the right type of red wine in a beef bourguignon recipe. You know it’s going to effect the end result but really, […]

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Food Blogging 101 – How to Start a Food Blog

November 14, 2011

Even though my blog has only been around for less than two years (I started March 2010) people seem to think I know what I’m doing here. Because of this, I keep on getting asked the same questions by numerous people. How do I start a food blog? Do you have any advice for me […]

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Not Your Average Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookie (brown butter chocolate chip cookies)

November 10, 2011

“If you have time, would it be possible for you to whip up a dessert for my birthday?” asked my friend Glenn. Normally I would automatically answer “Of course!” but Glenn was celebrating a “milestone” birthday by throwing a big weekend getaway event down in Monterey, completely with a dinner banquet. I was concerned that […]

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Gluten Free Caramelized Cornflake Lemon Poppyseed Cookies and weekend with food bloggers but not making food

November 7, 2011

It’s been one of those weeks. I went to two different conferences, back to back. All day Thursday, as well as the morning and early afternoon of Friday, I attended the awesome Dieline Package Design Forum. Then from 5pm to 10pm on Friday (yep, I only got a 3 hour break in-between) as well as […]

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Double Butterscotch Apple Pie for the Gluten Free Ratio Rally

November 2, 2011

The gluten free ratio happens on the first Wednesday of the month and (when I don’t bail out) I am forced to make things gluten free for it. This month is pie. Though I was INSANELY busy (hello, I’m going to three friggin’ conferences in the next two weeks), I couldn’t skip it. I mean […]

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