What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen.
Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013.
She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their toddler, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at http://www.kimlaidlaw.com.
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Canning for me conjures up childhood memories of being in the kitchen with my mom and her friends, usually on a hot steamy Texas summer day, and “putting up” bread and butter pickles, fresh raspberry jam (with seeds!), and ripe whole tomatoes. Even with the sweat pouring down your face, there’s no better time to […]
Just try to walk by Tartine without stepping inside. I dare you. Easily, in my estimation, the best bakery in the Bay Area, the smell of their freshly baked delicious treats will seduce you. It’s like a little corner shop of sirens. Luscious, flaky, fruit-filled, chocolate-dipped, crunchy, nutty, tender-baked heaven. So you had better believe […]
I know where I’m spending my Sunday afternoon. I’ll be sipping spirits, tasting mini-cocktails, and eating yummy nibbles at St. George Spirits in Alameda. Well, actually that’s not entirely true. That is what YOU get to do if you attend St. George’s annual Holiday Open House. I’ll be the one behind the bar, pouring those […]
I love steel cut oats, as you may recall in my ode to ye olde pinhead a while back. So, when a traditional Scottish dessert containing said oats was being dreamily described by an equally dreamy Scotsman, I knew I had to make it. Now, some of you might conjure up visions of haggis and […]
Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks It’s not often that over 50 food bloggers get together. Crowded under a shady bay laurel tree, hiding from the hot Lafayette sun, Bay Area foodies sampled each others best at the 2nd Annual SF Food Blogger’s picnic. Dishes like spicy steak salad, smoked pork, pate de campagne, local cheeses, […]
I just ate the most delicious steak. Tender, marbled with fat, and with an intoxicatingly deep beefy flavor. And I feel good about it: grass-fed, organic beef from a local rancher. I sampled it (and became obsessed with eating it again) at the opening of the new Farmer Joe’s Market on Fruitvale in Oakland. I […]
Proof that we are as spoiled as many of the children who went on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tour in Roald Dahl’s consummate book, a new chocolatier has entered the already remarkable Bay Area chocolate scene. With an eye for design and an understanding for the importance of formal re-introductions, the Charles Chocolates […]
Yes. I know. I’ve been gone for a while. So what better way to return than with the recent 14-course Pig Dinner hosted by Manresa last Tuesday evening. Actually it kicked off one of the most decadent food weeks of my life, which I may tell you about someday, but let’s start with all things […]
Is it true that until last weekend you were a goat virgin? Well, not entirely true. I was a virgin in the sense that I had never procured a goat before, nor had I ever put a goat in my oven. I did however, have my first goat experience at one of my all-time favorite […]
My dog Fellini loves when I bake. Or rather, I should say, he loves what I bake. I actually probably should extend that to say that he loves just about anything that is edible. And he is particularly happy when I’m standing over the stove. He actually plants himself between me and the stove, hoping […]
I love mango lassis. Thick and cool with the sweet tropical perfume of pureed mango and the tang of creamy yogurt. Just writing about it makes me want to drop everything and go find one. Or perhaps zip down to Farmer Joe’s (my local neighborhood market) and purchase the necessary elements to make one. Hmmmmmmmmm. […]
It’s becoming a tradition, when I fly into Portland, to head directly to the Gotham Bldg Tavern in NE Portland for a hearty breakfast. The first time I visited, only a few months ago, I managed to wolf down one of their famous, decadent breakfast sandwiches: a soft seeded roll piled high with an over-medium […]
I cannot follow a recipe to save my life. The irony is that I’m a cookbook editor, so not only do I develop, edit, and insist on changes and re-writes from my authors, but I have my own cache of personal recipes that I’ve tweaked and toiled over. The fact that I cannot follow a […]
Reindeer repair kits (red hot candies), holiday wreaths of evergreen, handmade arts and crafts, Santas giving neck massages, and of course, baked goods out the wazoo. What am I talking about? My neighbor Heidi’s annual Winter Wonderland. Each year, Heidi and a bunch of her friends get together and put on a holiday bazaar. The […]