Photo Essay: Meals on Wheels’ Star Chefs and Vintners Gala – 2014

June 9, 2014
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Follow This photo essay is the next best thing to attending the San Francisco Meals on Wheel’s Star Chefs and Vintner’s Gala, SF’s premiere food fundraising event. Most of AJ’s cycling friends thought he was crazy. It wasn’t because he was biking 545-miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a week for the AIDS […]

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Beer Bread with Cheese and Rosemary Herb

June 2, 2014
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Follow This quick and easy beer bread recipe uses fresh rosemary, grated cheese and semolina flour, creating a dinner party worthy dish in less than an hour! My sister once went shopping trying to find a gift for me. Each item she picked she pondered “tacky or Irvin” as she deliberated on what to buy […]

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Skirt Steak Recipe with All-Purpose Steak Rub and Chimichurri Sauce

May 26, 2014
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Follow This awesome, fast and easy skirt steak recipe with all-purpose steak rub and chimichurri sauce can be made in 30 minutes or less, start to finish! This blog probably makes the follow sentiment utterly unnecessary to write, but I love food. Most of my friends know this so I end up being the guy […]

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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Fingerling Potato, seasoned with Caraway Seeds and Juniper Berries

May 19, 2014
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Follow This wonderful and unique brussels sprouts salad has fingerling potatoes and is seasoned with the unusual combination of caraway seeds and juniper berry! My partner AJ has repeatedly told me how our refrigerator scares him. He goes into there to get his milk and cheese, but otherwise he steers clear of it. No, it’s […]

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Esquites, otherwise known as Mexican Corn Salad

May 12, 2014
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Follow This easy recipe for esquites, a Mexican corn salad, is basically a salad version of elote grilled Mexican corn on the cob. “What? How do you make this?” asked my French friend Sandrine. She took another healthy helping of the Mexican corn salad and was peppering me with questions about the recipe. Apparently she […]

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Spicy Guacamole Recipe, the best guacamole ever

May 5, 2014
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Follow This spicy guacamole recipe, with grilled corn and grilled avocado is possibly the best guacamole ever. “Did you make this spicy guacamole recipe up yourself?!?” asked my friend Tom, with is eyes wide open and a look of awe in his face. I nodded my head, a little alarmed at how intense his reaction […]

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Blackberry Jam Cake, otherwise known as Woodford Pudding

April 28, 2014
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Follow 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 […]

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Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe

April 21, 2014
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Follow 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 […]

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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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Follow 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 […]

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How to Crack an Egg with One Hand

April 11, 2014
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Follow 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 […]

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Tea Smoked Shrimp Vegetable Ribbon Salad and Asian Pesto Recipe

April 10, 2014
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Follow 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 […]

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

April 9, 2014
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Follow 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 […]

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Homemade Gnocchi, an easy two-ingredient recipe

April 8, 2014
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Follow 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 […]

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Photo Essay: Le Cordon Bleu Techniques I Class

April 7, 2014
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Follow “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 […]

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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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Follow 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 […]

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San Francisco Food Events, Spring 2014

March 24, 2014
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Follow A list of fabulous food events happening here in San Francisco for the Spring of 2014. Hey there! The first day of spring was just this past Thursday and that means the weather is warming up and fabulous food events are starting to happen back-to-back-to-back here in the SF Bay Area. Here are a […]

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Pear Cake with Honey, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

March 17, 2014
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Follow If you’re looking for a sophisticated dinner party dessert, check out this gorgeous upside-down pear cake made with honey, walnuts and optional blue cheese! The winter months can be a bit hard for someone who loves fruit as much as I do. With spring just around the corner and early strawberries starting to appear […]

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