2012

Buttermilk Biscuit Muffins with Ginger Plum Jam and my final day in Ohio Amish Country at Murphin Ridge Inn

September 10, 2012
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A good buttermilk biscuit is a thing of beauty, light, flaky and buttery. Add a spoonful of homemade ginger plum jam and you’ve got a country breakfast on a plate. Of course, some people seem super scared of making biscuits, thinking they’ll make them hard, tough or misshapen. Thankfully there is an easy solutions to […]

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Gluten Free Maple Oat and Dried Cherry Shortbread Cookies

September 3, 2012
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I started to write a post about AJ’s love of oatmeal for breakfast. I wanted to write about because I made these Gluten Free Maple Oat and Dried Cherry Shortbread cookies based on a recipe from The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook. But as I wrote the post, I realized I had single handedly written the most […]

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Sugar Roasted Peach & Blueberry Bacon Infused Buckle and SF Chefs 2012

August 27, 2012
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“Could I have one of those lanyards that allows me to hang my wine glass from my neck?” I politely asked the woman who was handing them out. I asked this, not because I was a complete lush, but rather because I was at the SF Chef’s Grand Tasting Tent and having BOTH hands free […]

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Apricot Amaretti Cookies (naturally gluten free) and dinner at Outstanding in the Field

August 20, 2012
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I wish I had some sort of heartwarming Saveur-esque story to tell about discovering amaretti cookies in an out of the way, tiny Northern Italian village and how it changed my life. In an alternate universe I backpacked without a care or plan through Europe in my post-collegiate youth, taking the Eurorail and eating frugally. […]

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Quinoa Goat Milk Belgian Waffles with Double Cherry Maple Syrup and a visit to Redwood Hills Farm

August 13, 2012
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It seemed the ultimate bait and switch for my friend Amy. She saw my Instagram picture of a Belgian style waffle and immediately thought “THAT LOOKS SO GOOD” but then she read the caption. “Quinoa Goat Milk Belgian Waffle with Double Cherry Maple Syrup” and immediately was horrified. Amy was not having any of those […]

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Blueberry Rhubarb Sour Cream Pie and Jenny & Cary’s Wedding on a Farm

August 6, 2012
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The buffet table of pies is spread out before me, a veritable selection of peach, blueberry, blackberry and apple pies. The sort of selection that makes you want to take one of each, but really you can’t be that greedy as other people are behind you, waiting for their own slice. I opted for a […]

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Backyard Mixed Black and Green Gage Plum Tart with White Wine Custard and a visit to my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri

July 30, 2012
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Most people think of plums as these golf-ball sized midnight purple stone fruit with bright red sweet flesh and tart skin. But, at least until I was 5, Green Gage plums were what I knew. Growing up in St. Louis, in a suburban house, our backyard had a green gage plum tree and I loved […]

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On vacation…

July 23, 2012
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Hello friends! Currently I am on a much needed vacation with my partner AJ, hiking and camping and doing general sightseeing stuff at Yosemite National Park and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, so there’s no blog post or recipe for this week. But come back next week! Hope you all are having a great […]

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Sweet Cherry, Black Plum and Yellow Peach Cobbler and visiting AJ’s family in Indiana

July 16, 2012
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There’s something comforting and downhome about cobbler. Soft buttery biscuits floating atop thickened, just barely sweetened, summertime stone fruit like sweet cherries, black plums and super ripe peaches. It’s pretty much a crowd pleaser dessert and it’s what I turned to when AJ volunteered me to make a dessert for his family get together in […]

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Apricot, Sweet Cherry and Plum Vanilla Spiced Pie

July 9, 2012
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I have a love/hate relationship with apricots. Well, let me rephrase that. I have a love/indifference relationship to apricots. I’m going on record and saying most fresh apricots are tasteless and bland (at least to my palate, you may disagree). I could eat them, but I rarely seek them out. I have always found this […]

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Dark Chocolate Chip Orange Olive Oil Ice Cream and the Bi Rite Creamery

July 2, 2012
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It’s summertime, which means my mind immediately turns to ice cream, like the Dark Chocolate Chip Orange Olive Oil Ice Cream you see above you. The beautiful thing about ice cream is that is a blank slate for flavor combinations. With the explosion of artisan ice cream shops featuring innovative options, ice cream is no […]

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Caramelized White Chocolate Pistachio Brownie with Strawberry Balsamic Swirl and the Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners’ Gala Fundraiser

June 25, 2012
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Let’s talk inspiration. Like what inspired me to come up a variation of a white chocolate brownie with these Caramelized White Chocolate Pistachio Brownie with Strawberry Balsamic Swirl. I go to a lot of food events, but the single one that I look forward to every year is the Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and […]

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Nectarine Blackberry Open Faced Pie and a Pie Party for 18 Reason’s DIY Desserts

June 20, 2012
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I’m going to throw out a few words at you: Nectarines. Blackberries. Pie. What do you have? The makings of what could be a pretty straightforward pie for our second annual “Pie Day” celebration! But no, this pie is a little bit fancy schmancy because the roots of our “Pie Day” was to create a […]

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You know you’re a food blogger if…

June 18, 2012
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I recently went to the BlogHer Food conference in Seattle where I realized a few thing about food bloggers that I may or may not have know before. I’ve entitled this list, “You know you’re a food blogger if…” 1. You are positively giddy when you see ramps at the farmer’s market. 2. You know […]

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Sweet Cherry Rhubarb Semolina Cake with Candied Clementines & a Photo Workshop with Andrew Scrivani

June 11, 2012
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The other day I was chatting with my friend, the fabulous food blogger Shauna of Piece of Cake, when the topic of food bloggers came up (no surprise). We started comparing food bloggers (in a strictly non-catty way, if you can believe it) and how each food blogger had his or her own sensibility and […]

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Spotlight on Savory: Chard and Cheese Tart with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Crust

June 4, 2012
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Due to circumstances beyond my control (and aren’t all “circumstances” always beyond our control?) I found myself not confirming that I could go to a dinner party that I very much wanted to attend. It was the annual “Sub-Zero” dinner with AJ’s cycling group, the day before the day before they took off to cycle […]

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