Rice Rice Baby (Kimchi Fried Rice)

Growing up I remember we had one big pot, well worn, dented and it’s bottom darkened from frequent use.  It was my Dad’s favorite cooking utensil and he used it for everything.  He stir-fried, boiled, simmered, stewed and steamed in that pot and everything that came out of that pot was amazing.  I loved his fried rice.  He…

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Finding Dorie (Vanilla Polka Dot Cookies)

Rock and rollers, Tom Cruise, that Bieber Kid, they all have their groupies.   I am a Dorie groupie.  Yep, not ashamed to admit it. Dorie is the bomb. Are you wondering-who?  Not that hilarious little blue fish in Finding Nemo? No.  “You mean Ellen DeGeneres who voices that cute little fish?”  Nope.  I am a fan of…

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Review: Martha Stewart’s Vegetables

Early adopter.  That’s how I would describe myself when it comes to Martha Stewart.  Years ago I invested in a copy of Entertaining the book that put her on the map.  In a tiny apartment, on a student’s budget, I dreamed of hosting a Hawaiian luau or an elegant holiday soiree’. Ok, never did the luau or…

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Book Review: The Dim Sum Field Guide

The Dim Sum Field Guide: Not For the Novice Dim Sum Eater I love dim sum so I jumped at the chance to review Carolyn Phillips’ “The Dim Sum Field Guide”.  My first impression of the book was, quite honestly, underwhelming.  “There aren’t any photographs,” I lamented to my hubby.  “Only line drawings of each…

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Cuckoo for Coconuts (Coconut Sticks by Alice Medrich)

The photo below was taken by yours truly at Black Sand Beach on the Big Island.  When I saw the sign on the tree, one of my favorite cookies just popped into my head, Alice Medrich’s Coconut Sticks.  Hmmm….I wonder why?  I love her coconut sticks.  A riff on biscotti, they often end up in…

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Food, Food Can Bring Us Together (Turkey & Zucchini Burgers)

Wes planted 2 squash plants this season and I am totally dumbfounded by the number of squash you get from 2 plants…and apparently all at once.  Looking for recipes that will put a dent in the supply of zucchini that is monopolizing my vegetable crisper.   I remembered a recipe I had tried from cookbook author Ottolenghi, turkey and…

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All Things Reconsidered (Raspberry Diamants)

Not all was amazing during our impromptu trip to New York for my cousin Mike’s surprise party in January (here is the good stuff though, from my The Big Apple post).  After visiting Ground Zero, we headed to Payard’s, a well known French bakery with an outpost on Houston Street.  All I can say is maybe it…

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When Life Gives You Lemons…Make Lemon Bars!

  Who doesn’t love lemon bars?  But just to be sure, I do have two recipes for lemon bars to cover just about everyone. For the longest time my favorite lemon bar recipe was from Michael Bauer’s column in the San Francisco Chronicle.  A classic lemon bar with a meltingly tender crust topped with a sweet lemon curd…

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The 3Jamigos Favorite Pasta Sauce #1

  What kid doesn’t like pasta?  My kid’s favorite spaghetti sauce is from Patricia Well’s Trattoria cookbook, a collection of well written, easy to follow Italian recipes, nothing too fancy just delicious, homestyle classic meals.  Meat sauces (Ragu’) generally require hours of cooking but this recipe calls for simmering for approximately 20 minutes.  It has lots of flavor and…

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Chili, Brownies & Friends

At the risk of losing any credibility I might have earned with previous posts, yes, that is The Friends Cookbook in the photo.  I told you, I have a cookbook addiction, this proves it.  In my defense I did peruse the book before buying, first I noticed the cast of Friends did not write this cookbook,…

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Beta Testers

Human nature always prevails and I am no exception.  Every New Year’s Day I make a couple of resolutions…lose weight, get more sleep, test more cookie recipes for next year’s holiday box, one out of three ain’t bad!  If I were a major leaguer with a 333 batting average I’d be batting clean up! So from…

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