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Culinary Diaries: Trash Parties

(Day 4 of Culinary Fundamentals, continued) My Chef likes to play it “old school” as other Chefs say. We have three big bins in our kitchen, one grey for trash, one yellow for recycling, and one blue for compost. Chef is very careful to make sure we all know that it...

Culinary Diaries: Always Watch The Chef

CULINARY FUNDAMENTALS DAY 4 MIND GAMES Chefs have this weird tendency to play mind games with people. Especially while they’re learning. I’m not sure if it's a “pay it forward” mentality or if they genuinely think it makes people better. Either way — I think that’s...

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Frosé

Frosé

Frosé. What could be a better signal of summer than that? It's refreshing, easy to drink (maybe a bit too easy?), and just straight delicious. Have you ever tried to make your own frosé? It's so easy! And if you're looking for a beverage to bring to a Memorial Day...

Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry Sorbet

It's almost Memorial Day Weekend! Strawberry sorbet made from fresh strawberries is one of my favorite dessert components of all time. I love using this strawberry sorbet recipe for client dinners. The sweet and refreshing sorbet pairs so well with so many different...

Classic Tiramisu with Marsala and Mascarpone

Classic Tiramisu with Marsala and Mascarpone

I love tiramisu in all forms, but the classic combination of ladyfingers, chocolate, coffee, and custard is my favorite. This recipe deviates from the original by adding masala to the custard, and by soaking the ladyfingers in espresso and marsala rather than just...

Homemade Ladyfingers or Sponge Cake

Homemade Ladyfingers or Sponge Cake

Homemade ladyfingers are quite easy to make. To make things even easier, I take this recipe and spread it out onto a prepared 1/2 sheet tray. This way you don't need a piping bag or tip. You can cut squares using a knife, or cut with biscuit cutters to fit whatever...

The Best Easy Pizza Dough

The Best Easy Pizza Dough

Easy Pizza Dough? Is there really such a thing? Nancy Silverton talks in her Chef's Table episode about how she spent 10 years perfecting the Mozza Pizza Dough.... so can it really be easy? (PS if you haven't gone to Mozza in LA -- add it to your bucket list). While...

Cinnamon Ice Cream

Cinnamon Ice Cream

This is a classic cinnamon ice cream. Egg yolks and a mix of heavy cream and half and half make this rich and decadent. So I'm giving you the disclaimer now: if you're the type of person that likes the "light" or "fake" ice cream stuff -- go get some fro-yo. This...

Review of Martha Stewart Wine Co

Review of Martha Stewart Wine Co

As a wine educator, Martha Stewart Wine Co sounded really interesting to me for a number of reasons. I'll let you know that I am an affiliate with Martha Stewart Wine Co, but I only started recommending her products after going through this experience. This blog post...

Portuguese Wine Travels: Villa Rosa Bairrada Baga Wine Review

Portuguese Wine Travels: Villa Rosa Bairrada Baga Wine Review

Portuguese Wine is some of the best and most memorable wine I've ever tasted. One of the most memorable experiences I've had was perhaps at a Michelin Star restaurant, at The Yeatman, in Porto. Every course was served with a Portuguese wine to match. And every wine...

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

If you're looking for an easy flourless chocolate cake recipe, look no further! This dense and fudgy cake is best served cold with a light dollop of sweetened whipped cream and fresh berries. A client of mine asked for this as an add-on to a wine tasting and tapas...

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato

Sometimes I just crave a good, hearty fall kale salad. Do you? This salad is paleo-friendly, gluten-friendly, dairy-free, allium-free, and grain-free. Whew! That's a lot of "free's" If you want to spice up the salad - I won't be offended, see below for my...

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