2014

Photo Essay: Feast Portland 2014, Day 1

September 20, 2014
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Cookbook Week – Day 2! Plus a giveaway

August 19, 2014
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After taking a trip around the world in yesterday five different cookbooks, today’s post features an eclectic mix of American based cuisine. Ranging from the critically acclaimed chef Marc Forgione to the down home cooking of Lisa Fain and her Homesick Texan’s Family Table cookbook each cookbooks has a mix of various different approaches to […]

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Cookbook Week – Day 1! Plus a giveaway

August 18, 2014
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I swear every year that I am going to stop with the cookbooks. But honestly I can’t help it. In fact, on my desk right now is a stack of cookbooks that is threatening to topple over, right on top of my shiny new Macbook Air. Which normally I would be horrified at the prospect, […]

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Irish Kahlua Summer Cocktail [Sponsored Post]

August 14, 2014
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The Irish Kahlua Summer cocktail features a caramelized sugar rim for a sophisticated impressive drink to guests and at home. I’m gonna be honest. I’m a sucker for setting things on fire. In the kitchen that is. Under controlled conditions. I’m not pyro! But if there’s a way for me to flambé a dish or […]

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Crumpet Recipe, or what I do when AJ goes cycling.

August 11, 2014
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Tender, chewy and moist, this lemon scented crumpet recipe is easy to make and worlds better than any store bought crumpet. My partner AJ and I live very different lives, though obviously there are major overlaps. We’re lucky that we both love road trips, travelling to new places, camping and hiking. We can both tolerate […]

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Stuffed Pork Chop Recipe with Chard, Cherries and Plum Balsamic Glaze. Plus a giveaway! [Sponsored Post]

August 4, 2014
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This stuffed pork chop recipe with chard and cherries in the stuffing and a plum balsamic glaze that is dinner party worthy but weeknight easy! It’s a known among my close friends that I’m the one that usually orders the pork dish at restaurants. Maybe it’s because of my Asian heritage (the pig is much […]

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Red Plum Jam Swirled Caramelized White Chocolate Brownie Sundae [Sponsored Post]

August 1, 2014
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I don’t watch a lot of reality TV but I was thrilled to team up with the folks at Cake Boss to create a recipe using their new line of bakeware, which features more than 250 baking products. The resulting Red Plum Jam Swirled Caramelized White Chocolate Brownie Sundae is definitely ready for it’s close […]

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Back home!

July 28, 2014
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AJ and I are back from our shortened three-week road trip (which hopefully some of you followed along on our Instagram feeds). I say shortened which is totally relative because most people don’t have the luxury of taking three weeks off to gallivanting across the country. Thankfully AJ’s a professor so that means he gets […]

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Plum Jam Recipe with Lavender

July 21, 2014
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Learning how to make plum jam is easy with this plum jam recipe that uses lavender to give the preserve a gorgeous floral depth. I’ll be honest. I’m not a canning expert. In fact, other than the one experience I had using the oven method (which totally seems safe but apparently a lot of people […]

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Zucchini Pasta Recipe, a Summer Vegetable Recipe

July 14, 2014
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This zucchini pasta recipe, a summer vegetable recipe of zucchini, corn and tomatoes makes for a great side dish or vegan friendly main course! “Why would anyone pick summer squash like zucchini over other vegetables?” exclaimed my friend as the four of us sat in the oversized booth meant for six people. It was getting […]

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