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Blackberry Peppermint Chocolate Striped Cookies & the 18 Reasons DIY Dessert Holiday Cookie Swap

January 9, 2012

So is everyone completely over Christmas, New Year’s and the Holidays? Your tree is pulled down, all the ornament’s put away, the bright twinkly lights wadded into a ball, to be detangled next year, and your “seasonal” plateware stored in the back of the closet, not to be seen for 11 more months? Yeah, well, […]

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Strawberry Black Pepper Chocolate Checkerboard Cookies

November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving is over, which means that I’m officially allowed to listen to Christmas music in the household. Apparently AJ can only listen to Dean Martin sing “Baby it’s Cold Outside” for about a month before he goes crazy. But every year, I look forward to the season, as I’m madly in love with Christmas and […]

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Double Butterscotch Apple Pie for the Gluten Free Ratio Rally

November 2, 2011

The gluten free ratio happens on the first Wednesday of the month and (when I don’t bail out) I am forced to make things gluten free for it. This month is pie. Though I was INSANELY busy (hello, I’m going to three friggin’ conferences in the next two weeks), I couldn’t skip it. I mean […]

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Lemon Pudding on Romaine Leaf Lettuce with Fresh Strawberries, Candied Pistachios and Cypress Black Sea Salt. Also a tour of the Tanimura & Antle Lettuce Farm as part of the Know a California Farmer initiative.

October 10, 2011

It was at lunch when I overheard my host, Farmer Brian say those fateful words. “You know, we grow so much lettuce, but I’ve never actually seen lettuce used in a dessert.” Challenge accepted! After all, how can I not want to take on those fighting words? I’m all about thinking outside the box. My […]

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Blueberry Peaches & Dreams Pie, adapted from Baked Exploration

October 3, 2011

I occasionally get a review copy of a cookbook in the mail, which is always exciting. I often times don’t have a chance to properly sit down and make anything out of them though I read them avidly whenever I have a chance. I’m the sort of person that can take a cookbook and read […]

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White Chocolate Ginger Papaya Bread and Mt. Haleakala

September 26, 2011

My parents grew up in a third world country and moved here with little money to spare. So it is no wonder that they have a thriftiness that sometimes borders on obsession, especially when it comes to food. Wasting food is probably one of the worst things that one can do in their eyes, and […]

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake & A Hawaiian Luau

September 22, 2011

An ex-boyfriend of mine, who I rarely think of nowadays, had a fondness for pineapple upside down cake. I made it a few times for him back in the day, and it usually involved canned pineapples rings and those obscenely nuclear red jarred Maraschino cherries. Once we broke up, I pretty much forgot about the […]

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Late Summer Stone Fruit Cobbler, with Plums, Pluots and Peaches

September 5, 2011

Summer is sadly coming to end and I have to admit I find it harder and harder to watch the sun set earlier knowing that the cool weather will be coming in and the shorter days are around the corner. Here in San Francisco our seasons are a little askew, and often our warmest weather […]

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Tropical Cornmeal Shortcake with Kiwis, Pineapple and Liliko’i (Passion Fruit)

August 1, 2011

Today I enter my “bonus days” of our paradise vacation. I had left for Hawaii on July 1st and we initially had thought we would be staying for exactly one month – July 1 to July 31st. Then we found out that airplane tickets were exceedingly cheaper if we extended our trip to August 3rd. […]

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Mango Strawberry Macadamia Nut Shortbread Bars and the 4th of July in Hawaii

July 29, 2011

AJ and I took the month of July off, packed our bags and went to paradise (ie. Maui). I called it “my sabbatical” as I had grandiose plans to do many things that I can’t seem to do when I am at home, in my apartment, with the numerous distractions that come with being at […]

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Strawberry Chocolate Tart with Lemon Caramel and The Meals on Wheels Star Chef’s & Vintner’s Gala 2011 recap

July 11, 2011

[Advanced warning: this is an epic long post. Don’t look/read it on an empty stomach] Once a year, there comes an event that is THE absolute best San Francisco Bay Area’s food & wine event of the year: The Meals on Wheels Star Chef’s & Vintner’s Gala. I’ve been going to the black tie event […]

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Pie Party (real and virtual): Blood Orange Lemon Vanilla Infused Shaker Pie

July 5, 2011

Ahh… Pie. Who doesn’t love pie? I’ve talked about my friend’s love of pies in posts and have even won a few pie contests but I’ve never had the pleasure of making pies with anyone else. So when Shauna, Garrett, Justin, and Ashley all started tweeting about having a virtual pie party together, it was a […]

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Blueberry and White Chocolate Chip Jumbo Cookie and the SF Food Swap

June 13, 2011

A couple of months ago, my friend Azmina forwarded me a New York Times article about this crazy new party trend called “Food Swaps” happening all over the country (okay, maybe just in hipster places like Austin, Brooklyn and Portland but still). Azmina had asked me if I knew of one happening in San Francisco, […]

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Blood Orange Strawberry Marmalade

May 16, 2011

Awhile ago my friend Shila, who tweets under the name “Shilantro” and who I met at the first annual Food Blogger Bake Sale last year, ended up emailing me out of the blue asking me if she could interview me for her cool start up company Foodia. Flattered, I said OF COURSE and then we […]

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Ginger Lemon & Bourbon Blood Orange Tart With Cardamom Almond Crust: A DIY Dessert event at 18 Reasons

April 11, 2011

Last month, for the DIY desserts event that I co-lead with Melanie Duve over at 18 Reasons, we decided that Citrus was the perfect theme. On the cusp of spring, the bountiful amounts of citrus fruit were overflowing at the markets and the bright flavors and colors made me want to just pucker up and […]

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Gluten Free Glazed Meyer Lemon Muffins filled with Slow Roasted Balsamic Red Wine Strawberry Jam: A Gluten Free Ratio Rally Post

April 6, 2011

By now, if you follow my blog, you’ve read about my slow roasted strawberries in balsamic vinegar and red wine. You’ve read about me using them for the Bake Sale for Japan and creating the Lemon Honey Slow Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Bars inspired by the Japanese Flag. But I alluded to a second item I […]

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Slow Roasted Spicy Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar and Red Wine

April 1, 2011

The past week has been a whirlwind surreal experience. I’ve been rushing around trying to get a bunch of stuff done because I’m out of town next week for a family function. I’ve been accused (or is it complimented?) of being an over-achiever in the past, but it seems that I just can’t get everything […]

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