Sep

1

2014

A Recap of The Taste 2014

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The Taste 2014 Opening Night Collage - The Duo Dishes

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The L. A. Times The Taste held reign over Paramount Studios this past weekend, and hundreds of Angelenos were treated to an impressive selection of the city’s best food and drinks from local restaurants, bars, chefs and local companies. There were five different events over the course of three days, each one with its own theme and vibe. I attended Friday evening’s Opening Night, Saturday’s Field to Fork and Sunday Brunch. After each one, I was sufficiently stuffed, as well as happy to know that L.A. maintains high scores as a major hitter in the culinary scene. A plethora pictures were posted on my personal Instagram account, but here goes a quick rundown of the event.

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Aug

26

2014

Pineapple Ginger Mojito

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Grilled Vegetables & Rice Pilaf MFFO - MFFO

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Summertime is cocktail time. It’s also a time for fundraisers that feature signature cocktails. This year, I offered two helping hands to my friend Carolyne of The Fraiche Kitchen as she prepared a Hawaiian luau-themed dinner to feed one hundred people. Carolyne’s one of the women alongside Rocky Turner, MFFO Founder, as she continues to raise money to support  the education and wellbeing of girls at Saint Monica’s Children Home in Nairobi, Kenya through her non-profit organization, Mothers Fighting for Others. MFFO’s Second Annual West Coast Calendar Luau took place last weekend, and the event was another reminder that “it takes a village”, no matter where you live in this world.

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Aug

20

2014

Spicy Braised Lamb Shanks and A Taste of Malaysia

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Christina Arokiasamy Malaysia demo - The Duo Dishes

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A few weeks ago, several bloggers and writers attended a dinner at Koreatown’s Pappa Rich, which served as an introduction to the world of Malaysian food, as well as Chef Christina Arokiasamy. The Seattle-based chef was recently named the Malaysian Food Ambassador to the U.S., and now she’s working hand in hand with the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation to give everyone a “taste of Malaysia”. She is the face of a cuisine that has made its way up to the top of popular food trends as determined by a survey of 1,200 chefs under the National Restaurant Association. And so, there we were–entranced by Chef Christina’s silky sweet personality and her ability to tell entrancing stories about her lifelong experiences with food, including a family lineage in the spice trade. She, and the dishes served during that evening, were the inspiration for a braised lamb shank dish with a foundation of Malaysian flavors and spice.

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Aug

11

2014

Dark Cherry Crumb Cake

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Dole Foods Dark Cherry Bag - The Duo Dishes

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A stocked pantry, fridge and freezer can truly save your life when the clock is ticking. A friend hosted dinner last week, and the meal was potluck style. Instead of running out to the store to grab ingredients for an experimental side dish, I figured it would be much easier to bake a cake. All of the ingredients were on hand, and it would be the perfect opportunity to play around with the recipe for a Dark Cherry Buttermilk Cake originally sampled during the Dole Summit earlier this Spring. This cake is perfect for any frozen fruit you have on hand. Any frozen fruit at all. This is where convenience is your best friend, so shake hands with simplicity and get ready for a quick and easy dessert.

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Aug

1

2014

Must Try Seafood Recipes for the Summer

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Check out Must Try Seafood Recipes for the Summer

by The Duo Dishes at Foodie.com

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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.

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Jul

21

2014

Brown Butter and Ginger Oatmeal Cookies, Three Ways

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Brown Butter and Ginger Cookie Dough - The Duo Dishes

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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.
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