Cake is here! Do you want a piece? Probably. It's nearly impossible to say no to a hunk of fluffy cake full of sweet fruit, covered with whipped cream and scattered with coconut. It is also nearly impossible… Read More »
A New Way To Pancake
Pancakes! If you didn't know by now, they're my favorite food. I'm always on the lookout for new and fun ways to cook, eat, and serve them, as well as any varied style that's out there. Our friend Rachel… Read More »
For All Of The Last Minute Cooks
Many people refer to today as the most "American of American holidays". Unlike Christmas, Thanksgiving has very few songs dedicated to the occasion, no gifts other than a table full of food and a limited… Read More »
A Second Go ‘Round With Okonomiyaki
A little more than two years ago, Amir and I made our first okonomiyaki. Up until that point, we had never even heard of it, but without any hesitation, we decided okonomiyaki would be the best dish to… Read More »
And The Award Goes To
Nothing enhances a film or television viewing experience quite like a warm bowl of popcorn. With the award season just about to wrap up, you probably have a few films to catch up on in order to be current… Read More »
The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Spain Versus Argentina
For our first Ethnic Exploration of the year, we are waffling between two different countries. In fact, some of you may know Chrystal rang in 2012 in Barcelona. While I was home slumping on the couch,… Read More »
Alexia Foods And The Foodbuzz Blogger Festival
We spent this past weekend in San Francisco with a few friends from home...and a bunch of bloggers. It was the 3rd Annual Foodbuzz Blogger Festival, and we were very lucky to attend on behalf of Alexia… Read More »
Veganizing a Classic
Not too long ago, a friend hosted a vegan dinner party. Neither is a true vegan, although one of them did attempt the lifestyle for a month. During that time, she found it difficult to whip up lunches… Read More »
The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Moroccan
This month's Ethnic Exploration may seem very different from its predecessors as it is not attached to a specific market that touts amazing ethnic products. A market of that kind was difficult to find,… Read More »
Los Angeles’ Avocado Takedown
For the last few days, you may have heard us talking about the big Avocado Takedown that took place yesterday at the Bootleg Theater. We have been knee deep in avocados over the last few days, and we can… Read More »
Are there any seafood lovers out there? Fish, shrimp, crab, lobster, octopus, squid…it’s all good stuff around here. There are so many ways to highlight the natural flavor and texture of each one, while also giving you the chance to play with new ingredients. Foodie asked for a new collection of blog recipes for the month of August, so this month kicks off with a batch of seafood recipes from this site. Take a look at the slideshow for all thirteen dishes, then introduce a few of these to your under-the-sea-loving friends and family. With summer in full swing, many of these would be nice for a quick, light midweek meal or scaled up for a weekend party.
Admittedly, this is not quite the season for baking cookies. The thermometer shows a sneaking, creeping increase in the mercury level, so if you’re going to bake, get it done first thing in the morning. The earlier you start, the earlier you can eat cookies. That’s also a good thing. Another way to make morning baking easier to swallow is to throw in healthy ingredients like oats, ginger, dried fruits and nuts. If you disregard all the butter and sugar, it’s like having a nutritional breakfast bite. Or not. Either way, here is a cookie recipe that you can eat three ways, technically four, and they’re great for any time of the day. Continue Reading »Pin It
The holiday has come and gone, and hopefully you had a great celebration of the Fourth with your friends and family! It was a weekend of food and fun, including a birthday party, Netflix night and a bbq house party. Most of us have similar dishes to rejoice in America’s birthday–grilled chicken, steak or ribs, burgers, hot dogs and brats, and of course, all the side dishes to complete the meal. This time around, one of the dishes on deck was a batch of pulled pork straight from the slow cooker. It is a dish that takes a few hours to prepare, but luckily, a handy kitchen appliance does all of the work.
Last week and throughout this past weekend, I spent several days hanging out with food and cocktail bloggers and members of the Dole Packaged Foods team. Ally from Ally’s Kitchen was in town again to complete another handful of projects as this year’s Dole Social Media Ambassador, including shooting recipe videos and MC’ing this year’s Dole Cookoff. Ally won last year’s Cookoff, and we initially met during March’s Dole Blogger Summit. She is one of the most exuberant and friendly people I’ve ever met, and her love for cooking is the cherry on top. The 2014 Dole Cookoff is over, and a new person sits on Ally’s throne. I served as a sous chef for Naylet LaRochelle whose Breezy Indian Spiced Chicken with Mango Peanut Sauce, Dates and Grilled Mango took the $25,000 prize. I can’t wait to share that experience with you, but now…it’s all about this salad.
Summer’s fruits are in full effect! Stone fruits and their derivatives are everywhere on restaurant and bar menus, so why not share a recipe here today? Apricot jam is one of the spreads usually on hand. The sugar level is perfect with a slight hint of tart, and it goes well with sweet and savory dishes. Adding it to a simple pound cake recipe seemed like an easy way to incorporate a favorite ingredient into a simple dessert.
There are some things that should always be eaten as a pair–summer’s peaches and fresh whipped cream, salty fried chicken and syrupy waffles, rich Irish butter and warm, hearty bread. And of course bacon and mushrooms. They are often a match in a number of recipes. Broil bacon-wrapped mushrooms for an appetizer, or saute up a batch as a topping for your burger. You can toss them over a cheesy pizza, or fold them into a creamy pasta dish. The combination is usually decadent, so if you’re going to do it, go all the way! If you are looking for another way to serve up bacon and mushrooms, here is a fried rice dish that is worth a try. Continue Reading »