Aug 28

My garden has been a little bit of a disaster the last few years. The first year I started out ambitious, and by the end of August only had one fully ripe tomato to show for it. I chalked it up to a trial year, and decided to regroup and replant the following May. The [...]

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Dec 11

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings authored the book The Yearling in 1938, and it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize a year later.  I know about Ms. Rawlings work, not because I read her acclaimed novel, but from a movie called Cross Creek that is based on her time spent in The Everglades working on the manuscript. [...]

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Sep 09

I haven’t made cake from a box mix in ages, and why would I start now? Well my curiosity was piqued when a fellow chef, whose cooking I have longed admired, was raving to me about the Ad Hoc fried chicken mix. Apparently it is the best she has tasted. So when I received a [...]

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Aug 11

My best friend is married to a man with the last name Peachey. At their wedding several summers ago, peaches were featured prominently, and given the time of year the fruit was dripping with sweetness. They live on several acres of beautiful property in the country, and it made perfect sense to have the festivities take place [...]

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Mar 21

To say sorbet can be superior to ice cream in its ability to satisfy a sweet tooth is a huge feat.  When made well, and with fruit in its prime, its water base exudes flavor in a way that its creamier cousin can’t compete with. The milk and cream base of ice cream, while lusciously [...]

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Feb 28

Lately I’ve been to drawn to sorbets which might seem like odd timing given we are still in the throes of winter. But when you consider the seasonal fruit available right now, the time is really ripe for the picking. Heirloom navel oranges, for instance, are like a burst of sweet sunshine in the middle [...]

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Feb 03

In a recent post I talked a little bit about my culinary trip to Vietnam and how much I learned from our guide Mai Pham.  Two years ago, on route to the Worlds of Flavor Conference: Southeast Asia, I made a special detour to Sacramento to eat at Mai’s restaurant. As aromas of fish sauce, [...]

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Dec 27

This time of year many kitchens turn into Christmas cookie workshops, strewn with scrap pieces of stenciled sugar cookie dough and an all over surface dusting of colored sugar crystals. As a chef, most people assume I partake in the baking extravaganza that occurs during the tight month of December. But I fully admit to [...]

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Nov 11

Bacon pralines are as sinful as the city they hail from. Taking the traditional Louisiana recipe of butter, brown sugar and cream, this American style candy are the creation of chef Donald Link whose restaurant Couchon has earned numerous accolades in the last year. In keeping with the indulgent style of New Orleans, the recipe [...]

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Jul 21

My bookcase is lined more with cookbooks than anything else, yet still I can’t resist adding another new release to its shelves if its topic is contemporary and inspired. But I do have my collection of quirky, old favorites that I come back to every year because they hold a recipe that is tried and [...]

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