November 2013

NaBloPoMo is done!

November 30, 2013
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Today is the last day of November. With Thanksgiving over I can now mentally prepare myself for the onslaught of Christmas stuff (I know it’s already happening out there in the real world but I’ve been in completely denial about it). AND, with a giant sigh of relief, I can also declare NaBloPoMo over! I’m […]

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Kitchen Tip #5 – How to Juice a Lemon

November 29, 2013
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My tiny apartment in San Francisco has a lot going for it, even though it’s insanely small. I live in a great neighborhood, I have rent control and I get tons of light. But one of the best things about it is the exceedingly prolific lemon tree that we have in the backyard. This means […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2013
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Thank you everyone for visiting this site, commenting, making my recipes and supporting it. Though I might not respond back to every single comment, just know that I read every single one and often times it is those comments that keep me doing what I’m doing. I love each and every one of you. And […]

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Easy Caramel Cream Cheese Drizzle

November 27, 2013
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Pumpkin isn’t just for dessert! These pumpkin cinnamon rolls with an easy caramel cream cheese drizzle make for a fabulous breakfast treat as well! “Um…well it’s a little underdone…” said my friend Tina when I leaned over and asked her how my pumpkin cinnamon rolls with caramel cream cheese drizzle were. I had showed up […]

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Sufganiyot otherwise known as Jelly Donuts

November 26, 2013
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The classic jelly donut is also a classic Hanukkah dessert, Sufganiyot. Filled with cranberry sauce, it’s the perfect intersection with Thanksgiving! You know the Jews and the Asians are tight. We’re usually the ones that volunteer to work on Christmas, unless our jobs are already closed down. Then we’re at the movie theater or at […]

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

November 25, 2013
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A quick, easy and sophisticated recipe on how to make homemade cranberry sauce using fresh cranberries and white wine. Even though no one, other than my mom, ate it, the canned cranberry sauce always had a place on our Thanksgiving table. In truth, I didn’t even know that cranberry sauce came in any other way […]

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Wallpaper of the Week: Arches National Park

November 24, 2013
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Every time I think back at the road trip that AJ and I took this past summer, I am in awe of everything I had a chance to experience.  This week’s wallpaper of the week is from Arches National Park. Complete with a quote by author Michael Cunningham about being grateful for living in this […]

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Kitchen Tip #4 – How to Soften Butter, Fast

November 23, 2013
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Let’s talk how to soften butter! People always seems distraught when they read a recipe and in the ingredients list it says “butter, room temperature” on it. Usually it’s because they’re halfway through making the recipe and they go to reach for the butter and realize it’s still in the fridge (or worse, the freezer). […]

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Apple Pie Bars with Easy Caramel Sauce

November 22, 2013
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The apple pie bars sat by the window sill untouched and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Sure I could just eat it in a bite or two but I also wanted to admire it as the sun set in the later afternoon. The time change from daylight savings had made the San […]

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Photo Essay: The Meat Club – Sausage Making Party

November 21, 2013
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*Warning: For vegetarians, vegans or those who are meat averse, you might want to skip this post, as there are graphic images of raw meat.* “I think we’ve made every single sausage joke that anyone can possible think of…” mumbled one of my fellow sausage making party attendees. I had been invited by my friend […]

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How to Create a Cool Matte Finish Look in Lightroom

November 20, 2013
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There’s a proliferation of lifestyle and food photography that is getting a bit precious. I want to blame hipster food magazines like Kinfolk, Gather Journal and Cereal but the reality is it’s been around since old school color film. Yet, there’s seems to be a renewed interest in cool muted photos with their matte film […]

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Inspirational Quote: Haruki Murakami Quote

November 19, 2013
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Vegan Green Bean Casserole – Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Friendly

November 18, 2013
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You know that feeling you get when your mom pulls out those drawings you did when you were in junior high and showing them to your friends and loved ones during the holidays? “You were so talented! Look at this!” she’ll exclaim loudly, while you try in vain to climb under the sofa to hide. […]

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Wallpaper of the Week: Pizza

November 17, 2013
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Last week I was lucky to be invited by Foodie.com for a fabulous dinner at Flour + Water. You can read my friend (and fellow NaBloPoMo participant) Sean Timberlake’s account of the dinner. This week’s wallpaper of the week is from that dinner, a photo of pizza. Complete with an appropriate quote by Dutch supermodel […]

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Kitchen Tip #3 – Measuring Ingredients Without Waste

November 16, 2013
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For those of you who read this blog, you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate for using a kitchen scale. It’s one of the few pieces of kitchen equipment that I feel will improve most everyone’s results in baking. But I get that not everyone wants to use a scale as the majority of Americans […]

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Tribute to The Queen of All Daring Bakers, Lis

November 15, 2013

It’s been years since I did a Daring Baker’s challenge, but for a brief, short time, I was active with the group. I had all but forgotten about my stint with the Bakers until I saw a post on Facebook about one of the co-founders, Lisa Cifelli of The Daring Bakers, passing away suddenly and […]

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How to Make Potato Chips

November 14, 2013
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“I have an idea. Maybe we should make homemade potato chips. Once you taste them, all other potato chips from bags will taste like poor imitations of the real thing and you’ll eat less of the inferior versions that we buy at the store.” I said this in jest as my partner AJ was complaining […]

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