Archive for May, 2007

Strawberries & Crepes

Strawberries & Crepes

| May 16, 2007 | 2 Comments

This year fresh strawberries are positively delicious. If you haven’t eaten any yet, what are you waiting for? Go get some now! Strawberries are one of the fruits you should defintely buy organic. According to some reports, strawberries in California are treated with more than 300 pounds of pesticides an acre. As a comparison, conventional […]

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Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park

Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park

| May 14, 2007 | 5 Comments

Every Mother’s Day, my family gathers in a park in Long Beach and has a raucous celebration of mothers, family, and food. It started over 20 years ago when my godmother and her sister used to go out to a local park early and stake out spots for us. I would go with them sometimes, […]

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Plated Desserts, A Game.

Plated Desserts, A Game.

| May 14, 2007 | 19 Comments

Anthony Bourdain hit the nail on the head in his iconic book Kitchen Confidential, when he said, “pastry chefs are the neurologists of the kitchen.” We like things just so, and will stop only at premeditated murder, to make sure it stays this way. We are organized to the point of scary, and we guard […]

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Sharing recipes

| May 13, 2007 | 1 Comment

As we draw smaller and smaller circles around our food community, we often forget the power of recipes to connect us to each other. Nancy’s “Benz Cake” recipes in her baker’s shorthand. Recipes in the personal sense. I’m not talking about the results of a keyword search or a formula in that latest best-selling cookbook, […]

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Dejeuner des Femme Phenomenale

| May 12, 2007 | 2 Comments

Bonjour mes amis! Apologies for going AWOL on y’all the past few months. I’ve been contending with some health issues including emergency surgery here in Paris but I’m finally getting my energy back and am ready to cook! My last Phenomenal Women Dinner was so heartwarming I thought I’d try it on the other side […]

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May is Coffee Cake Month

May is Coffee Cake Month

| May 11, 2007 | 1 Comment

Last week, my friend Thrasso told me it was Coffee Cake Month. When I asked how he came by that nugget of information, he told me that it was, at least, Coffee Cake Month in his world. It is quite simply a ruse to get people to give him cake. It isn’t as though he […]

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Summer Tipple

Summer Tipple

| May 10, 2007 | 7 Comments

This early summer heat has left me wilted and without much of an appetite for aught but cold salads and homemade fruit smoothies. However, it brought out a special request in my husband, “I want Hawaii in a cocktail,” he announced the other night when the temp was still hovering above 75° after 7:00. Knowing […]

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Jewish Bread Books

Jewish Bread Books

| May 9, 2007 | 2 Comments

While I may not be a big fan of Jewish food, the truth is I’m quite fond of what are considered Jewish breads. From bagels to bialys, rye bread, pumpernickel, and challah, I love it all. Because the Bay Area isn’t exactly famous for Jewish breads, making them yourself can be very satisfying. Two books […]

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Dinner for New Parents at Home

Dinner for New Parents at Home

| May 8, 2007 | 3 Comments

My good friends Ken and Tricia had a darling baby boy a few months back, and have been in “we’re – so – tired – we – can’t – see – straight” mode for a while now. I think they’re holding it together better than most, but decided a couple weeks back to make them […]

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Rhubarb-Verbena Sabayon, The Pastry Chef Conference

Rhubarb-Verbena Sabayon, The Pastry Chef Conference

| May 7, 2007 | 1 Comment

Shuna Lydon & Sherry Yard, both on team #1. A number of months ago I received an email from an old pastry chef of mine, Stephen Durfee, who is now an instructor at The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone campus in Napa Valley. He was letting me know I would soon receive an invitation to […]

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Banh Cuon & Banh Beo: Vietnamese Steamed Rice Treats

Banh Cuon & Banh Beo: Vietnamese Steamed Rice Treats

| May 6, 2007 | 2 Comments

Okay, enough with all the pho. I think it’s time for folks to try some other Vietnamese dishes. There are hundreds of snacks and soups, both in Vietnam proper and in Little Saigons around the world, but for reasons I’m still trying to understand, both restaurateurs and diners settle into predictable menus. Savory bits of […]

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Cafe Majestic Lives up to its Name

Cafe Majestic Lives up to its Name

| May 5, 2007 | 6 Comments

When I received an email inviting me to a new restaurant with an unknown chef serving local, seasonal Cal-French cuisine, what did I do? I yawned. Shuffled a few papers. Clicked over to Perez Hilton to read about Britney’s rumored lipo. That kind of menu is a dime a dozen in this town. But then […]

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Celebrity Cooking

Celebrity Cooking

| May 4, 2007 | 1 Comment

Like many of you out there in the land of food geekdom, I enjoy reading cookbooks. I do not enjoy reading all cookbooks, however. I am generally bored to tears by the big, slick coffee table tomes. Charlie Trotter? Forget it. It’s nothing personal, they’re just not my thing. What fascinates me are the smaller […]

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Preheat Your TV

I think I’m starting to show my age because I remember when the E! True Hollywood Story was interesting. It was gossipy, smarmy, histrionic, and total brain candy. Each commercial break was punctuated by a “And then it all fell apart!” or “But friendship alone wasn’t enough to keep her from spiraling to her destruction!” […]

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