Prosciutto di Parma and Chef Evan Kleiman
A couple of days ago, Erika of In Erika's Kitchen asked chef, restauranteur and KCRW's "Good Food" host, Chef Evan Kleiman, why we are not making quality prosciutto here in the States. Prosciutto along… Read More »
Maren’s Test Kitchen
One of the sweetest people that I know is Maren. And it's not because she has a knack with desserts. I first met Maren at a local cooking school, and we continued to cross paths many times at the same… Read More »
Straight From The Alexia Foods Farm
In late September, we announced a new partnership with Alexia Foods. We're thrilled to be among a select few food bloggers who get to serve as Alexia Foods brand ambassadors -- or Tastemakers, as we are… 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 »
Emily’s Test Kitchen
A day doesn't go by when Emily and I don't talk about food. As a colleague of mine, we always find time in the work day to recount last night's sensational meal, share a new must-try recipe, or muse over… Read More »
The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Austrian
I have a feeling no one noticed we did not post an Ethnic Exploration at the end of June. It slipped through the cracks as we both found ourselves wrapped up with individual, Duo and group related projects… Read More »
The Best Way To Celebrate
I remember when Amir and I lived just one town away. It was much easier to hang out over food, inviting friends to either one of our apartments--usually his--for food and cocktails. One of my favorite… 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 »
Potato, Radish and Kale Salad
Vegetarian • Tags: kale, kale salad, potato salad, Southern potato salad, winter vegetables
We both have an appreciation for potato salad, and it stems from the Southern version popular for summer gatherings and holiday meals. It is yellow in color and full of soft potato chunks, chopped egg whites, pimento peppers and sweet relish in a creamy mixture of mayonnaise, yellow mustard and cooked egg yolks. I can’t speak for Amir, but I remember watching my grandmother make it in her little kitchen. She was very specific about the way everything was done, and at that time, I had no reason to question it. Recently, I watched her make it again, and she maintained that particularity that did not waver despite my attempts to butt in. If she saw me make this potato salad, she would no doubt have a lot of questions for me. The first? “There’s no mayonnaise in this potato salad?” Nope. Not this time. Here is a fall-appropriate potato salad that bends the rules of tradition, but tastes good nonetheless. Continue Reading »
Tomatillo Cilantro Salsa, Tomatillo Jalapeno Cream, Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies, Spicy Cornbread Muffins, Salted Pretzel Peanut and Marshmallow Bars
Special Events • Tags: chocolate chip, coconut, cookies, cornbread, marshmallows, oatmeal, pretzel bars, Seafood, seafood boil, sweet and salty dessert, tomatillo
Here it is, folks–another year, another boil! We are ecstatic to celebrate our 4th Annual Seafood Boil this year. On September 22, Chrystal and I gathered near the beach with friends and a hefty spread of food. On this easy Sunday afternoon, the skies were clear, the sun was blazing, and the air was filled with a nice, subtle breeze. Summer is nearly over, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying a little fun in the sun. Continue Reading »
Chicken and Olive Empanadas
Poultry & Pork • Tags: chicken empanadas, fried empanadas, frying, Goya wrappers, Hispanic Heritage Month, Spanish empanadas, Spanish food
Sunday, September 15 marked the first official day of Hispanic Heritage Month, and it continues through Tuesday, October 15. My friend Bren of Flanboyant Eats is celebrating the month with a showcase of guest posts from food bloggers, which is quite fitting, wouldn’t you agree? It was high time for an Ethnic Exploration post to continue our series, so the timing seemed to line up quite well. During the winter of 2011, I spent about a week in Barcelona, and of course, the majority of my meals were full of tapas. Many evenings, my friends and I would find ourselves with a table full of plates and glasses of cava or sangria. With the memory of Barcelona in my mind, I decided to make empanadas at home. Although this is not the first time we have explored a recipe with strong Spanish roots (check out our alfajores), this one is a savory creation rather than a dessert.
For the full post and recipe, head over to Flanboyant Eats.
Fire-chard Sweet Potatoes and Corn on the Cob with Cast Iron Grilled Cheese
Vegetarian • Tags: African culinary traditions, Carolina Character, Emancipation Festival, Guest Test Kitchen, Pedal for Peace, Underground Railroad
Here is a Guest Test Kitchen feature that is slightly different than our normal submissions. This time around, it is a recipe that pays homage to history and education. Adrienne Barnette is a licensed professional counselor with Carolina Character, and she is also the sister of one of my good college friends. When I heard that Adrienne would embark on an 800 mile trek to Canada and finish with a tribute campfire meal, it seemed like just the way to share another way food has meaning to so many people–past and present. The idea of reconnecting with ancestral roots, retracing history and also replicating simple meals based around a couple of heritage ingredients reminded me of the posts we have shared as collaborations with Kwanzaa Culinarians and Oldways. Now Adrienne details her experience relaying a message of “character education seasoned with social justice” through her Pedal for Peace initiative.
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The Taste LA 2013 Photo Review
Special Events • Tags: food and wine, food festival, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Times, Paramount Studios, The Taste LA
Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to share photos of Labor Day weekend’s The Taste Food & Wine Festival. Anyone with a website understands how discouraging and disabling it can be when your website goes down. We’re back up, and it’s not too late to share a batch of photos from the extravaganza that features so many local gems. Before heading down to Amir’s Long Beach pad for a weekend with other friends, I made my way to Paramount Studios for Saturday morning’s Field to Fork event. After 4 hours, and between the front courtyard and backlot, I found myself having sampled at least 20 plates and various cocktails from vendors, restaurants and chefs’ cooking demonstrations. That may not seem like a lot, but when it is nearly 100 degrees in the blistering sun, it’s more difficult than you think to nosh and nom to your heart’s content. I did my best duty as a food blogger to sample as much as I could!
The Taste is comprised of several events over the course of three days, so you can imagine all of the goodness that could potentially cross your lips. The photos you can check out are a few of my favorites (old and new), including food from Good Girl Dinette, Fred 62, Curious Palate, Chipotle and Sweets for the Soul. There were still a number of creations I did not even taste, so who knows what else I may have missed. If you were there and want to share your favorite, let us know! In the meantime, head to our Facebook page to check out all of the photos.
Disclaimer: We received a complimentary media pass to The Taste’s full line-up of events. All opinions expressed here are our own.
Eating Like Piggies at Pork Belly's
Restaurant Reviews • Tags: Abbot Kinney, barbecue, fried pickles, Los Angeles, pork belly, Pork Belly's, smoked meat, smoker, Venice
Summer is all about the barbecue, and Pork Belly’s Sandwich Shop opened just in time to get everyone on a bbq roll. Thanks to Whitney from hoopLA, a few bloggers were invited to check out the menu and chow down at the street-side stop. With a table full of the shop’s signature items, we found ourselves enjoying one of the prime highlights of summer.
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