April 2014

Blackberry Jam Cake, otherwise known as Woodford Pudding

April 28, 2014
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This blackberry jam cake, otherwise known as a Woodford Pudding, is made from scratch but is super easy and served with a fast bourbon butterscotch sauce! I have little to no connection with Kentucky. I’m not a huge fan of the derby, much less horse racing in general. I certainly don’t drink mint juleps (as […]

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Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe

April 21, 2014
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If you’re looking for an outstanding Manhattan clam chowder recipe, this is the one for you! I was lucky that growing up my mom ALWAYS had a home cooked meal on the table for dinner. I never really knew how lucky I was and I often viewed my friend with envy as they would tell […]

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Photo Essay: Taste of the Nation San Francisco, a benefit for Share Our Strength

April 14, 2014
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A photo essay on the Taste of the Nation San Francisco fundraiser for Share our Strength. “I am so full, I don’t think I can eat another bite…” moaned AJ at the sold out San Francisco Taste of the Nation fundraiser event that benefited Share our Strength, a non-profit with a mission to end childhood […]

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How to Crack an Egg with One Hand

April 11, 2014
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A short and quick tutorial on how to crack an egg with one hand. “Can you show us how to crack an egg with one hand?” asked my classmate in the Le Cordon Bleu cooking class. We were doing a session on how to cook eggs (sunny side up, over easy, scrambled, omelettes, poached and […]

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Tea Smoked Shrimp Vegetable Ribbon Salad and Asian Pesto Recipe

April 10, 2014
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This step-by-step tea smoke shrimp recipe makes for an impressive salad with ribbons of carrot, parsnip and broccoli dressed with an Asian pesto dressing. Tea smoking shrimp sounds pretty labor intensive, invoke visions of wizened-faced elderly Asian women perpetually bent over. Each movement by them completely deliberate, as they walk around their kitchen, barely visible, […]

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Peeling Carrots: I’ve Been Doing it All Wrong!

April 9, 2014
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This quick tutorial on peeling carrots like a pro will save you time in the kitchen. When you attend culinary school, one of the main things they teach you is efficiency. Efficiency of time, efficiency of ingredients (no wasted ingredients in a professional kitchens!) and efficiency of tasks at hand. I like to think I’m […]

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Homemade Gnocchi, an easy two-ingredient recipe

April 8, 2014
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If you’re looking for a simple and easy recipe for how to make gnocchi, check out this two-ingredient homemade gnocchi, complete with step-by-step photos! My very first and only other attempt at making homemade gnocchi was an abject miserable failure. I remember distinctly trying to make the potato dumplings in my tiny apartment that I […]

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Photo Essay: Le Cordon Bleu Techniques I Class

April 7, 2014
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“So what’s up with you and all the Instagram photos of cooking classes? Are you going to culinary school?” asked a few of my friends, well actually a lot of my friends really. And the answer is no, I am not going to culinary school. Mostly because as much as I would love to go, […]

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How to Boil Water, a gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, meatless Monday friendly, cane sugar-free, soy-free, peanut and nut tree-free, egg-free, dairy and casein-free, vegan, vegetarian, local and organic recipe.

April 1, 2014
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Looking for an easy, simple, fast recipe for how to boil water? Look not further than this step-by-step method! I woke up this morning utterly parched with thirst. It was one of those cold mornings in San Francisco, gloomy and gray. Even though the blankets were wrapped around me, I was shivering and AJ had […]

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