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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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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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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Feb 12

I have a hard time embracing the moment. Throughout my career I’ve had periods of six day work weeks, arduous hours standing on my feet painstakingly preparing food for other people to enjoy, and countless nights collapsing into bed immediately upon getting home. I would awake to my alarm for the next go round, my [...]

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Jan 12

Investing in a personal ice cream machine may seem like a frivolous expense, but when you compare the cost and quality of making your own against what’s available from the store, it’s worth another thought. That is, if you’re serious about good ice cream. I’m guessing that most people who attempt to make the homemade [...]

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