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In a temper with chocolate

Working with chocolate puts me in a temper (Hahaha!…wait, you don’t get the joke? Keep reading, then…). That’s not to say that I don’t love eating the food of the gods…good dark chocolate is one of the pleasures in life, and it’s healthy, too – full of anti-oxidants and flavonoids and all sorts of other… [ Read More ]

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Say cheesecake!

I’m not one to create recipes…I leave that up to the professionals. Oh, I can riff on existing recipes to be sure (with decidedly mixed results), but coming up with and relentlessly testing new ideas? No, thanks. Luckily for me there are many high quality food websites and blogs that I’ve come to rely on…King… [ Read More ]

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The Great Bourbon Brownie Bake-Off Battle

It’s Kentucky Derby week! The week when we think of fast horses, fancy hats, and cool Mint Juleps. Me, I think of food and drink (naturally) – fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, Derby Pie…and, of course, bourbon. It was fortuitous then that I acquired two bottles of whiskey from Ken Gordon of Gordons DTX…he was doing… [ Read More ]

Feeding a crowd

Feeding a crowd

Happy (belated) Patriots’ Day, everyone! What, you don’t know what that is? Don’t feel bad…growing up in Southern California I’d never heard of it either, but trust me that it’s a big deal in Massachusetts. Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 (the “shot heard ‘round the world”) that signaled… [ Read More ]

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Pi(e) Math

Last week was Pi Day (March 14th, or 3/14), a day fully created to make my math tutor/chef’s heart skip a beat. I love the number-to-date relationship (not to bring back nightmares from Geometry, but pi (∏), an irrational number representing the ratio between the circumference and diameter of a circle, is 3.14159…). I, of… [ Read More ]

Bean seeing you

You know how you sometimes see little brown specks in baked goods, custards or frostings? No, those aren’t dirt from a careless chef…they’re something wonderful that adds a delicious flavor to all they touch: real vanilla bean seeds. Vanilla beans can be expensive and messy, but they’re oh so worth the effort…the flavor they impart… [ Read More ]

Pop to it

Do you love a good challenge? After all, it’s called a comfort zone for a reason. The tried-and-true is safe, a known quantity, and yet…sometimes a challenge can be appealing. That can-I-pull-this-off-even-if-it-hasn’t-worked-before feeling can propel me into trying something new or trying something once more in the hopes of a better result. It’s how we… [ Read More ]