March 2013

Photo Essay: CAAMfest 2013, San Francisco CA

March 28, 2013
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Small bit of trivia, if you look closely at the basketball scene in the independent film by Justin Lin called Better Luck Tomorrow, you’ll see me in it, as well as hear my voice yelling really loudly. I bring this up, not because it was my fifteen seconds of fame (Justin Lin has since gone […]

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Blood Orange and Blueberry Coconut Macaroon, Kosher for Passover and naturally gluten free

March 25, 2013
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I’ve been toying with the idea of making Coconut Macaroons for while, but something slightly different, something more than the traditional chocolate dipped Kosher for Passover treat. Not that I am one to discard the classics, but for me, making coconut macaroons are criminally easy. Unlike their French cousins the macaron with its persnickety feet […]

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Photo Essay: S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition, Napa California

March 21, 2013
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The trickle of sweat started to run down the side of his temple as he leaned over to finish plating his 15th serving but he ignored it. I was watching one of the ten finalists of the S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition compete in Napa at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone. That particular […]

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Seville Orange & Noyaux Semolina Pound Cake and Never Being Alone in the Kitchen

March 18, 2013
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“I’ve been saving this for you all year long…” explained my friend Sean, of the fabulous blog Hedonia, as he handed me a package during my hectic, crowded holiday party. I opened it up and pulled out glistening bottle of amber liquid. “It’s Extrait de Noyaux. You know what that is right?” I squinted my […]

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Photo Essay: Museum of Modern Art, New York City

March 14, 2013
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In a former life I was an art student. I actually studied painting, receiving a bachelors in fine art in the subject, though I was careful to never call myself an artist. After a year or two of renting an outside studio and barely painting anything at all, I slowly abandoned my artwork, turning to […]

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On Jealousy and Chocolate Cake (some musing after 3 years of blogging)

March 11, 2013
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I am writing to announce that I was NOT nominated for any awards today. In fact, I was not nominated for any awards, nor was I signed for a cookbook deal today. There is no award announcement, no cookbook, no upcoming TV show where I will be featured on, no contests that I won, no […]

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Photo Essay: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

March 7, 2013
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Going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is sort of like reliving my freshman college course, History of Art 101. Except it’s not 9am in the morning and I’m not sitting in a dim room with a slide show playing, struggling to stay awake because I was up at 4am the night before […]

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Tequila Glazed Lemon Bread with Rosemary Walnut Filling

March 4, 2013
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It smelled pretty fantastic in the oven, but it was when I cut into it that I knew it was going to be everything I thought it was going to be. In fact, once I had taken a bite of the Tequila Glazed Lemon Bread with Rosemary Walnut Filling, I whipped out my iPhone, took […]

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