Oct 23
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Bringing home the maple bacon

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That’s right, I’m not above starting with a little bacon porn.
Zoe Nathan of Huckleberry, Milo and Olive and Rustic Canyon fame is another of my lady baker-crushes.  So, it wasn’t without anticipation that I patiently waited for her first cookbook, Huckleberry, stories, secrets and recipes from our kitchen to come out earlier this fall.

I’ve talked about Nathan’s iconic Santa Monica brunch (well, and lunch and dinner) spot before.  And even though I still don’t have any tattoos and still feel …

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Oct 15
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Pumpkin makes the girls go crazy

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It’s funny because it’s true.

I’ve spoken of my…struggles…with pumpkin.  Savory gourd I can hang with.  Sweet, not so much.  However, if Trader Joe’s is to be believed, I am in the very slim minority.  Not sure if anyone caught this but nearly every single item in their latest frequent flyer news letter was pumpkin-ified.  Pumpkin yogurt.  Pumpkin macarons.  Pumpkin body butter.  Now I know those guys at TJs like to have some fun but they wouldn’t make it if it …

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Oct 9
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Chomely Challah

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See what I did there?  Tired of me asking that question?

The weeks we spent on yeasted bread were favorites in my summer baking adventure.  There is something incredibly satisfying about producing a giant, golden, cross-hatched country loaf.  Or baguette.  Or brioche.

The instructor insisted we go old school: no mixmaster, just hands and floured surfaces for kneading.

Chef May’s reasoning was that we needed to understand by touch the difference between dough that is ready to rise and dough that needs more …

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Oct 8
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A saucy debate

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Who knew eggplant was so controversial (lots of people apparently)?  Go visit Ann Mah for the skinny on whether to salt…or not…your eggplant.
Thumbnail photo credited to Ann Mah at www.annmah.net

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Oct 2
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And one for the road…Espresso Macarons

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I know it’s October but I’ve got one more for you.

The theme of this run of macaron recipes seems to have been “stuff you can add to the shells without totally messing up their fickle, fickle structure.”  Maybe I should have started with this recipe because really, it’s a no brainer: espresso powder.  I was so lazy I didn’t even use the instant variety.  Nope, I just took a knife to a Nespresso pod (I do the same thing for …

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Sep 25
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Ayyyye Churro Macarona!

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Can you believe that when I met him TD had never had a churro?  You think you know someone and BAM a little fact like that slips out.

On the one hand, I’ll admit it was pretty ethnocentric of me to believe that the churro was as ubiquitous in other parts of the country as it is in Southern California.  On the other hand, we’re talking about a man who lists the Choco Taco as a favorite dessert. Explains a lot doesn’t it?

Whether …

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Sep 18
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Peanut butter and WHAT? macarons

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Things are about to get weird.  In a good way.
My friend and food writer Ann Mah has an enthusiasm for weeknight dinners.  In this spirit she has a long running Tuesday feature  where she invites people talk about what they find themselves consuming for the evening meal during the Monday through Thursday run.  With the exception of me, you’ve heard of many of the people whose private lives Ann’s series gives us a brief glimpse: Patricia Wells and David Lebovitz are two. …

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Sep 11
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Pink Lemonade Macarons

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Like most small towns across America, the little villages that make up the South Bay area of Los Angeles each have their own brand of summer festival.  Come to think of it, the little hamlets of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach don’t just limit their celebrations to the summer.  There’s the Old Hometown Fair in October.  Then there are the Manhattan Beach Fireworks in December (so clever considering Fourth of July fireworks in this neck of the woods …

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Sep 4
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Pour l’amour de septembre

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This year September is about French macarons. I’ll have a new macaron variation for you each week.

Let’s kick the unofficial start of fall off with an earl grey macaron filled with orange marmalade Italian buttercream.

Infusing tea into macaron shells is a clever way of adding additional sense experience to the macaron eating experience.  Uhm.  What I mean is that, as most people know, smell is an important element of the eating experience. Earl grey has a wonderful floral and citrus …

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Aug 28
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It started out as a scone recipe…it ended up as a scuffin

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Someone got a little over-zealous with scrubbing old photos from the camera.  It wasn’t until after I hit delete all that I realized I hadn’t downloaded the photographic evidence of my most recent adventures with scones.
So, you get a single photo pulled from my phone.
The last time I played with scones we were attempting to make Jane Austin proud.  Comparing the recipe I used here and the recipe I used for this I found the two very similar…and then felt …

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