Bacon and Leek Arancini (fried risotto balls) [Sponsored Post]

November 29, 2014
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The first time I tasted the Arancini a deep-fried risotto ball filled with cheese I was at a dinner party potluck. A fellow food blogger had brought them and my partner AJ and I immediately gravitated toward them. How I lived my life without them in my life I have no idea because clearly my […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2014
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Photo Essay: A Food Tour of the Mission with Negra Modelo & Rick Bayless [Sponsored Post]

November 24, 2014
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I’ll fully admit that I’m not a huge beer drinker. In fact, I’m not a huge drinker of alcohol. But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a good beer, especially when it’s paired with awesome food. So when Negra Modelo reached out to me for a food tour of the San Francisco Mission (my neighborhood) […]

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Rosemary Honey Orange Glazed Roasted Rainbow Carrots [Sponsored Post]

November 22, 2014
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My mom is obsessed with the sweet earthy carrots that I make every Thanksgiving. I often offer to give her the recipe but she always just waves her hands, saying that she’d rather have me make them for her. It’s something to look forward to each year. But the years roll by and every time […]

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Mocha Hot Chocolate Recipe with Kahlúa Especial [Sponsored Post]

November 20, 2014
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This easy recipe for mocha hot chocolate adds a touch of rich Kahlúa to the drink and the whipped cream for the best mocha you’ve ever had. In former life, when I was still living in the Midwest, I was a bookseller at a small independent bookstore. It’s still in existence (which is more than […]

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Cooking with my Partner Makes the Moment: Moroccan Spiced Chicken [Sponsored Post]

November 17, 2014
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This easy Moroccan Spiced Chicken with vegetables is bursting with flavor but quick enough to make that you can serve on a weeknight. Honestly it took me awhile to really love cooking. Baking I get. I love to bake. I love to throw things into a bowl, pour it into pans and stick it in […]

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Caramel Pumpkin Pie with Rosemary Crust [Sponsored Post]

November 15, 2014
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“This tastes like Thanksgiving in a bite!” exclaimed my friend Kevin when I served him a slice of the Caramel Pumpkin Pie with Rosemary Crust that I made for Anolon. I was thrilled to team up with Anolon, as they make some of my favorite cookware but I was even more thrilled at Kevin’s response. […]

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How to Butterfly a Chicken

November 13, 2014
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Wanna learn how to butterfly a chicken? Here are easy step-by-step instructions with photos on how to do it! Roasted chicken is one of the simple comfort food pleasures that most people love. But for those who don’t know how to do it, it can be intimidating. It’s why precooked rotisserie roasted chickens can be […]

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A bar and bite crawl with Time Out San Francisco [Sponsored Post]

November 10, 2014
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“Did you guys order Mashed Potatoes?!” asked a fellow TimeOut San Francisco Night Out reveler. I was on a bar and bite crawl with a number of awesome folks and our third stop was an actual meal! Good thing too as we had been drinking for the past three hours with just some nibbly chicken […]

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Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies with Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha [Sponsored Post]

November 6, 2014
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These beautiful peppermint cheesecake brownies are made with Kahlúa Peppermint mocha liqueur for an added depth of flavor! “I love chocolate, and I love mint, but I’m just not super fond of the combination…” said my partner AJ when I told him that I was making peppermint cheesecake brownies with Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha. There is […]

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Congo Bars Recipe

November 3, 2014
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This fast and easy congo bars recipe is better than the average blondie bars because it uses brown butter and almond meal! I had totally planned on making my congo bars recipe for the Halloween potluck dinner. That is, until AJ informed me that the costume party we were going to was actually a sit […]

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Candied Pumpkin Seeds

October 27, 2014
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These addictive spiced candied pumpkin seeds made with cinnamon, ginger and other spices only take 5 minutes to make! The long thick green vines started to grown along the side of my childhood home in the late summer heading into Autumn. As a kid I didn’t really know what it was. My parents had certainly […]

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Pumpkin Spice Eclairs with Chocolate Beer Pastry Cream and Ganache

October 20, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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