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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San Francisco Food Events, Spring 2014

March 24, 2014
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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 few […]

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Pear Cake with Honey, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

March 17, 2014
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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 at […]

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Kouign Amann, an easier and faster recipe with step-by-step photo instructions.

March 11, 2014
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The kouign amann, a flaky buttery caramelized sugar filled pastry, is easy to make if you follow my step-by-step photo instructions! I was in New York the first time I took a bite of a kouign amann, a yeasted buttery flakey caramelized sugar filled pastry who’s origin came from the Brittany region of France. I […]

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Photo Essay: The San Francisco Cooking School’s Laminated Dough Intensive Workshop

March 10, 2014
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Laminated dough, the basic building block for croissants and puff pastry, has been on my baking bucket lists forever. Though I know the basic technique of rolling out the dough and forming a butter block, having read about them in various cookbooks and seen the numerous youtube videos, I’ve never really gotten around to do […]

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Irish Drunken Cake, a chocolate Guinness cake with Irish whiskey and Irish Cream Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

March 3, 2014
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Inspired by the American boilermaker-like drink made with Guinness, Irish whiskey and Irish Cream named the Irish Car Bomb this impressively rich, moist and densely chocolatey cake is sure to impressive! [Editor’s note: Several people have commented that they were offended by the name of this recipe. The drink The Irish Car Bomb is an […]

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Salted Caramel Drink

February 24, 2014
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Forget hot chocolate and double lattes. This salted caramel drink is rich, sweet and knock your socks off delicious. “If I had a candy factory filled with strange little green-haired orange-skinned employees that helped make my magical sweets, I would totally want a waterfall made of THIS…” said AJ right after he took a sip […]

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Chocolate Marshmallow Cake, inspired by the Hostess™ Cupcake

February 17, 2014
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If you love the classic Hostess™ Cupcake treats, you’ll love this homemade chocolate marshmallow cake, with step-by-step instructions on how to make it! There’s a reason why you don’t see me making cute little cakes and precious little treats here on the blog. I like to pretend it’s because I’m super sophisticated and eschew the […]

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Chocolate Waffles with Vanilla Swirl

February 10, 2014
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This Chocolate Waffles Recipe with Swirled Vanilla Batter baked right in is easy to make and sure to impress! I’m not going to outright say that I am anti-Valentine’s Day because then I get pegged as one of those crabby bitter folks that hates love, puppy and adorable children wearing penguin costumes. Nor do I […]

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Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

February 3, 2014
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If you’re looking for the perfect soft boiled egg, look not further. This recipes is foolproof and incredibly easy. “I didn’t really care for our visit there so much…” said AJ as we left the restaurant. We visit Los Angeles pretty often but we tend to stick to our try and true favorites, Thai food, […]

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Marble Cake Recipe, with Meyer Lemon and Chocolate AND a Major Announcement!

January 27, 2014
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This easy marble cake recipe is one of the best ever. I should know. I’m about to write a book on the subject of marbled, swirled and layered desserts. If you haven’t figured it out by the title of the blog post or by my summary sentence above, I’ve got a major announcement. I’m writing […]

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Korean BBQ Chicken Recipe, Day 5 of Chicken Wings Week

January 24, 2014
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This Korean BBQ Chicken Recipe is above and beyond better than your typical teriyaki chicken wing recipe! Easy to make, either baked, broiled or grilled! “This one. These are the best wings. Ever!” declared AJ, even though he pretty much said that of every single chicken wings batch I’ve made. Truth be told, I think […]

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Mole Chicken Wings with Tequila Lime Marinade

January 23, 2014
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These mole chicken wings are first marinated in tequila lime making them tender, juicy and savory sweet with every bite. Totally worth the effort! “Mmmmm…” mumbled AJ with his eyes wide open and a big grin on his face when he took a bite of my most recent wing recipe. Chicken Wings Week has taken […]

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