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Cook The Books Club Winner!

Cook The Books Club Winner!

Last week Deb from Kahakai Kitchen contacted me asking if I’d guest judge their Cook The Books Club contest for the book “Baking Cakes in Kigali.” Well – yes! The Cook The Books Club is a bimonthly book club and blog event in which the hosts, along with any other interested person, reads a predetermined food-related book, blogs her thoughts, and prepares a dish inspired by the book. Fun!

Here are…

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Roadside Produce Sign, Highway 152 in Watsonville
Ahi Tartare Just Like Michael Mina

Ahi Tartare Just Like Michael Mina

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One weekend LL and I spent the weekend in San Francisco to see Kiki and Herb at the A.C.T.,  but the show seemed sad and we were happy so we snuck out and walked down to the St. Francis where we went to sit at the bar at the Compass Rose but it was the new Michael Mina (which is the old Michael Mina now) and we were wowed by his tuna tartare.

It was one of those astonishing dishes, prepared…

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Keep your potatoes from turning brown

Keep your potatoes from turning brown

No doubt you’re making all sorts potato dishes this winter, like my favorite potato and spinach au gratin or this tartiflette. Keep your dishes photo-op worthy by following these tips to keep your cut and peeled potatoes from turning brown.

First though, a short primer on browning, courtesy Harold McGee’s excellent reference book On Food and Cooking. Foods turn brown in one of two general ways.…

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Roadside Sausage Sign, San Jose

There’s a pretty good history of the defunct and demolished Stephen’s Meat Products plant you can…

Roadside Sausage Sign, San Jose

There’s a pretty good history of the defunct and demolished Stephen’s Meat Products plant you can…

Scrambled Eggs and Waffle Fries

Scrambled Eggs and Waffle Fries

We’ve been enjoying Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show so much this week! He even holds Kid Two’s attention, and my 15-year old cultural critic is a tough nut to crack. And those suits!  I rarely – ok, never – saw his Late Show; just WAY past my bedtime. So even though I’d occasionally catch online clips, I never did appreciate how very creative, polished, and entertaining he is.

I always take note when…

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Inspiring blog post about a woman who is running to raise money for charities in conjunction with…

Inspiring blog post about a woman who is running to raise money for charities in conjunction with Advil:  http://goo.gl/TLwmpq #ad #ReliefinActionBH

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How to Prepare a Christmas Dinner PartyHoliday dinner 101 for novices
So you’ve bought all the presents, the Xbox Ones and iPads for your…View Post

How to Prepare a Christmas Dinner Party

Holiday dinner 101 for novices

So you’ve bought all the presents, the Xbox Ones and iPads for your…

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Mushroom caps stuffed with red pepper and quinoaOur friend The Big Boss from work, a man who could, and did, eat two dozen prawns, half a dozen…View Post

Mushroom caps stuffed with red pepper and quinoa

Our friend The Big Boss from work, a man who could, and did, eat two dozen prawns, half a dozen…

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For perfectly straight cucumbers every timeWe recently had a gentleman visitor from England, an erudite, entertaining, fellow who, although…View Post

For perfectly straight cucumbers every time

We recently had a gentleman visitor from England, an erudite, entertaining, fellow who, although…

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