Pumpkin Spice Eclairs with Chocolate Beer Pastry Cream and Ganache

October 20, 2014

This pumpkin eclairs recipe with step-by-step photos use carrot juice and pumpkin spice in the dough and beer in the chocolate filling & glaze! Not that I pay much attention to sports in general (football utterly baffles me) but when your original hometown (St. Louis) and your adopted hometown (San Francisco) battle it out in […]

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The smores cocktail aka The S’mores Crunch [Sponsored Post]

October 17, 2014

This smores cocktail recipe that I call The S’mores Crunch is like a nostalgic campfire treat for adults. I have numerous friends who are cinephiles, obsessed with the latest auteur films. They worship at the altar of Scorsese, breathe Tarantino and drop everything for the Coen Brothers. These are the people who closely follow the […]

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Pumpkin Monkey Bread with Chocolate

October 13, 2014

This pumpkin monkey bread also has chocolate dough mixed in for a crazy looking fun treat that easy to make! I stared at the last three chunks of pumpkin chocolate monkey bread and they did NOT look appealing. I hadn’t been expecting us to eat ALL the monkey bread that I made but AJ pretty […]

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Mediterranean meatballs: a lamb meatball recipe with Tunisian spices

October 6, 2014

These Mediterranean meatballs are a lamb meatball made with Tunisian spices. They are easy enough to make for a quick tasty weeknight meal! “What do you think about me making Mediterranean meatballs for dinner?” I asked my partner AJ. He looked at me as if I had just grown a second head and with wide eyes replied […]

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Almond Biscotti made with Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice and Dipped in Chocolate [Sponsored Post]

October 2, 2014

These Kahlúa pumpkin spice almond biscotti are the perfect treat for the Fall season. October is here and that means I can finally allow pumpkin spice to take over my world. I’ve been fighting it for the past month or two, with the explosion of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING starting to appear in August. But I […]

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Guinness Beef Stew Recipe

September 29, 2014

This easy and comforting Guinness beef stew recipe is perfect to warm you up in a cool brisk evening. As much as I am in denial about it, summer is gone and autumn is here. Having gone up to Oregon for the Feast Portland event made me realize it. Fall fruit like pears and apples […]

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Photo Essay: Feast Portland 2014, Day 3 – High Comfort

September 26, 2014

Day three rolled around for Feast Portland I was pretty much read to roll myself home as well. Though I had done an excellent job of pacing myself throughout the weekend (self-control is not my strong suit so I was quite proud that I didn’t overdo it) I knew that the final day that I […]

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Photo Essay: Feast Portland 2014 Day 2, Part 2 – the USA Pear Night Market

September 24, 2014

“Which one is your favorite bite?” is pretty much the standard question that everyone asks you when there’s a lull in the conversation at Feast Portland. I was at the USA Pear Night Market, an Asian inspired street food event, trying to sample as many bites as possible but honestly it was the hardest question […]

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Photo Essay: Feast Portland 2014 Day 2, Part 1 – Media Breakfast and The Oregon Bounty

September 22, 2014

“Why don’t you have big Cosmo hair?” I asked my new friend Helin, who I had met earlier in the weekend at the media breakfast for Feast Portland. Helin was a senior editor at Cosmopolitan magazine and in my head, everyone that worked there was statuesque model tall with windswept hair like the cover models […]

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Photo Essay: Feast Portland 2014, Day 1

September 20, 2014

A photo essay on Feast Portland’s Sandwich Invitational. Day 1 of Feast Portland’s weekend food extravaganza! “You can sleep when you’re dead…” said Ruth Reichl as she shrugged her shoulders to me when I professed how impressed I was at her stamina. We stood around the official Pork of All Ages Feast Portland after-party on […]

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Orange Hazelnut Cake & Feast Portland 2014!

September 15, 2014

This orange hazelnut cake is a winning combination of flavors in this insanely moist easy-to-make recipe with a lovely nutty texture. I always say that being a food writer, photographer and recipe developer is both a blessing and a curse. The ability to eat tons of fabulous food, photograph gorgeous meals and learn so much […]

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Photo Essay: LuckyRice San Francisco 2014

September 8, 2014

“Were you filled with Asian pride?” asked a friend of mine when I told her that I had gone to the LuckyRice San Francisco event hosted by Chris Cosentino and sponsored by Bombay Sapphire East a few days ago. In it’s 5th year, the festival has gone from just a New York event to national coast-to-coast […]

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Wedge Salad, it’s a classic for a reason

September 2, 2014

This classic wedge salad recipe is an easy crowd-pleasing dish that comes together fast and easy! I can hear his voice in my head as I plated the iceberg wedge salad and took a look at it. “I’d probably give that plate a B or B+ if I had to judge…” was how he would […]

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Bialy, the underappreciated cousin to the bagel

August 25, 2014

It’s time for the bialy, the cousin to the bagel, to rise and get some of the glory. This easy bialy recipe will impress even your jaded New York friends! True confession time, I’ve never had a bialy before making this recipe. The underappreciated sibling to the ubiquitious bagel, I was unaware of it’s existence […]

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Cookbook Week – Day 5! Plus a giveaway

August 22, 2014

Of course cookbook week has to end with desserts and baking books. As you all know I love my baking cookbooks. So far this year there have been a few great ones including a number of ice cream cookbooks as well as one from my friend Amanda of I am Baker. And, like previous cookbook […]

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Cookbook Week – Day 4! Plus a giveaway

August 21, 2014

I’m always thrilled to read cookbooks with a singular perspective in life. Whether it’s the beauty of a hand drawn and designed cookbook like The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson to Molly Wizenberg’s Delancey book that tells the story of how she built a life with her husband and their acclaimed pizza shop, cookbooks can […]

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Cookbook Week – Day 3! Plus a giveaway

August 20, 2014

I’m often drawn to specific cookbooks for their particular aesthetic and/or design. Whether it’s the stunning photography, the design of the interior or just the way the author creates his recipes in a unique individual way, cookbooks nowadays are more than just a collection of recipes. This collection of cookbooks typifies exactly what I love […]

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