2011

Marble Bread – a Chocolate Chai Orange Marbled Brioche Loaf & the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Bakery Tour. Plus a chance to win a Chocolate Baking Start Kit!

October 27, 2011

When I got an email from Scharffen Berger chocolate, asking me if I wanted to go on a bakery tour of San Francisco, I didn’t hesitate to shoot them back an email saying “Heck, yeah I do!” Turns out Scharffen Berger had invited a number of food bloggers in the San Francisco Bay Area to […]

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Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Bars and how I need to let go of the pretty.

October 24, 2011

I’m going to talk ugly for a little bit here. And when I say ugly, I don’t mean ugly as in, “Girl, you best put down that extra piece of fried chicken, because you don’t need more thigh to go with that outfit” sort of ugly. I reserve that sort of conversation with my friends […]

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American Orange Yams and Okinawa Purple Sweet potato with Macadamia Nut Pie and an aloha farewell to Maui

October 17, 2011

My parents, sister and her husband had left the Maui after spending six days with us. Afterwards, AJ and I were on what we called “our bonus days” – the extra few days past July, into August, that we had scheduled to roundout our stay in Maui. We had told everyone (and ourselves) that we […]

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The Black and Blue (berry) Pie for Folsom Street Fair

October 13, 2011

[Warning: If you are easily offended or work in a sensitive environment, you may want to click away, as this post has pictures that aren’t what you usually find on a food blog. Nothing too risque, but I felt obligated to warn you ahead of time.] It’s been awhile since AJ and I have had […]

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Lemon Pudding on Romaine Leaf Lettuce with Fresh Strawberries, Candied Pistachios and Cypress Black Sea Salt. Also a tour of the Tanimura & Antle Lettuce Farm as part of the Know a California Farmer initiative.

October 10, 2011

It was at lunch when I overheard my host, Farmer Brian say those fateful words. “You know, we grow so much lettuce, but I’ve never actually seen lettuce used in a dessert.” Challenge accepted! After all, how can I not want to take on those fighting words? I’m all about thinking outside the box. My […]

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RIP Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011

I was sitting on a delayed plane, waiting for them to close the doors, when one of my new friends I was flying with exclaimed “Steve Jobs is dead!” We all looked at each in shock. The door closed, the plane took off and I was left with a feeling of disbelief throughout the flight. […]

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Blueberry Peaches & Dreams Pie, adapted from Baked Exploration

October 3, 2011

I occasionally get a review copy of a cookbook in the mail, which is always exciting. I often times don’t have a chance to properly sit down and make anything out of them though I read them avidly whenever I have a chance. I’m the sort of person that can take a cookbook and read […]

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Introducing Street Sweets: a collaborative underground dessert pop-up

September 29, 2011

Those of you who don’t live in San Francisco might not be aware of a phenomenon called the Underground Market, but it’s an event that happened every couple of months where unlicensed vendors sold their wares. One of the problems with starting up a food company is that it is extremely cost prohibitive. To sell […]

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White Chocolate Ginger Papaya Bread and Mt. Haleakala

September 26, 2011

My parents grew up in a third world country and moved here with little money to spare. So it is no wonder that they have a thriftiness that sometimes borders on obsession, especially when it comes to food. Wasting food is probably one of the worst things that one can do in their eyes, and […]

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake & A Hawaiian Luau

September 22, 2011

An ex-boyfriend of mine, who I rarely think of nowadays, had a fondness for pineapple upside down cake. I made it a few times for him back in the day, and it usually involved canned pineapples rings and those obscenely nuclear red jarred Maraschino cherries. Once we broke up, I pretty much forgot about the […]

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Salted Rum Caramel Bars with Macadamia Shortbread and How I Nearly Broke my Neck in Maui

September 19, 2011

My sister had come with her husband to Hawaii (along with my parents) for a late “honeymoon” – having married back in October of last year. Being newlyweds, they didn’t have much disposable money between the two of them, so when the opportunity to fly out to Hawaii, with a free place to stay (albeit […]

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Mango Bread and the Road to Hana in Maui

September 12, 2011

If you’ve never been to Maui, you may not know about the Road to Hana, but if you have, you know it’s a must for anyone visiting the island. With over 600 turns and 80 one way bridges, the road to the isolated village of Hana is both breathtakingly beautiful and stress inducing, especially when […]

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Roses and Pearls Vanilla Bean Donut – a Gluten Free Ratio Rally post

September 7, 2011

It was my friend Grant who gave me the idea of the donut flavor that I should create for this month’s Gluten Free Ratio Rally. “What goes well with vanilla?” I asked my friends, while hanging out on their deck in Sonoma. I was thinking about the pound of chef quality Tahitian vanilla beans I […]

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Late Summer Stone Fruit Cobbler, with Plums, Pluots and Peaches

September 5, 2011

Summer is sadly coming to end and I have to admit I find it harder and harder to watch the sun set earlier knowing that the cool weather will be coming in and the shorter days are around the corner. Here in San Francisco our seasons are a little askew, and often our warmest weather […]

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A custom recipe to be featured on the Food Network website for the A Fund For Jennie

September 2, 2011

By now you guys probably know that there’s an awesome new nonprofit organization called Bloggers without Borders. If not, go bounce over to their site and check it out (go on, I’ll wait). Their first campaign is to raise money for one of our own, a blogger name Jennifer Perillo whose husband passed away unexpectedly. […]

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