I've been waiting for the day I can post a recipe on this site about Szechuan peppercorns. If you've never tried Szechuan peppercorns before, it can be a strange sensation-- they have the effect of numbing your mouth! Yes, that's right, in certain doses, your mouth actually starts to go numb. Combined with spicy foods, like chiles, the combo of that numbing tingle and burning sear of heat is absolutely addicting. more →
Last fall, I attended a paella workshop with Chef Paul Canales of Oakland's beloved Spanish restaurant Duende. And it was a blast. Paella was made from scratch (stay tuned for more on that later this week), while Paul schooled us on the history of Spanish cuisine and the various regions which make up the brilliantly unique flavors of the country. Afterwards, we feasted on a delectable spread of pintxos, cured meats, paella and one particular dish that absolutely blew my mind. It was . . . drumroll . . .  a salad. more →
2017 has been a doozy. It was the year that I learned that a yam is a sweet potato. And a sweet potato is, in fact, not a yam! I apologize in advance if this is old news to you but in all seriousness, I always thought the two were one and the same. But clearly, I've been living under a rock. A big, starchy yam rock. more →
I always like to add soup to our Thanksgiving spread. It makes for a convenient and delicious side dish that can be easily made ahead of time and re-heated on the stove (always a good idea when most Thanksgiving dishes are competing for precious oven space). Kabocha squash is my favorite squash. It has such a great and complex flavor and has a better texture than other squash like butternut or acorn. more →
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You don't have to be an early riser like me to enjoy a delicious breakfast. Similarly, you don't have to be a breakfast person to enjoy a delicious bagel. That said, breakfast just happens to be my favorite meal of the day, and I constantly crave a good bagel . . . craaave!! I even took a bagel making class so I could start making my own! more →
The farmer's market can be such an inspirational place-- seasonal produce in all different sizes, colors and varieties! To celebrate the end of summer, Erica, Todd and I decided to make lunch together with ingredients from our local farmer's market. more →
My daughter Coco hates chocolate. What? Why? How? I'm still bemused by her aversion to my biggest weakness. Nevertheless, sweets have just never been her thing - that was until she demolished a healthy portion of a batch of homemade raspberry jam cookies. more →
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I finally found a use for that melon baller that's been sitting around in the back of the drawer for years! Come on, you know it's in there. Bingsu is a popular frozen dessert in Korea, usually composed of shaved ice, and several toppings such as fruit, condensed milk, syrups, chocolate, cereal, powders, grains, etc. more →
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It comes as no surprise, but Fiona has become obsessed with Easter eggs. All she has wanted to do this week is decorate eggs while boasting about how the Easter Bunny is going to bring her all sorts of chocolate eggs, gummy eggs, and other egg-related candy. more →
It feels wonderful to finally settle into our new house. Fiona has her own bedroom, and is no longer crammed inside our walk-in closet. We purchased a new kitchen island, which has quickly become the featured attraction, also known as Audrey and Fiona's baking zone. more →
Considering the amount of fresh bread Audrey's been baking lately (four loaves a week!!) we've been eating our weight in sourdough! While I'm a sucker for avocado toast as much as the next guy, I've been experimenting with several other flavor combinations. more →
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You didn't think I was going to let Karen make a batch of her delicious spicy chai without stealing some for dessert, did you? These dirty chai affogatos are the perfect way to get that after-dinner caffeine fix more →
I think we can all agree, 2016 left a lot to be desired. It hurts my brain just thinking about it. Yet, as much as this past year has been filled with pain, loss, fear, and uncertainty, there were some pretty magical moments as well. more →
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