Archive | August, 2011

Semi-Finalist Pulled Chicken Sliders with Hoisin Barbecue Sauce

Semi-Finalist Pulled Chicken Sliders with Hoisin Barbecue Sauce

I’ll end the suspense. I didn’t win. I had a great time and the competition was fierce. Well, they were actually really nice, lovely people, but people who had run themselves around this recipe circuit quite a bit. One woman, Roxanne, Has over 800 winning recipes to her name! Pascal owns a restaurant, Jennifer and […]

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How To: Make The Perfect Pie Crust

How To: Make The Perfect Pie Crust

I have a mild obsession with pie dough. Once I started to make (and modify) Cook’s Illustrated’s Foolproof Pie Dough in 2007, I realized that it is not only about a million times better than store bought crust, it takes about 8 minutes of active time. There is no downside. If you have never made […]

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The Help: Caramel Cake, Cupcake Edition

The Help: Caramel Cake, Cupcake Edition

I’m in a book club. I know, such a grown up, right? When I was on my way to my very first Book Club meeting my husband asked, “So what REALLY goes on there? There has to be some type of illicit element? You can’t really just be sittin’ around talking about a book, can […]

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Chocolate Beer Cupcakes and An Auction for a Grieving Family

Chocolate Beer Cupcakes and An Auction for a Grieving Family

These cupcakes are now for sale to the highest bidder, 4 dozen of them. You pick the beer (or no beer is fine too) and I will deliver them anywhere within Los Angeles County, or you can pick them up. Why? Because, you see, there is this woman, a brave food writer, a mom, who […]

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How To: Make Round Meatballs

How To: Make Round Meatballs

I got a request last week (yay!)  for a How To post about round meatballs. Most pan fried meatballs have the same issue, flat on three sides, in a pyramid shape, as opposed to the pretty round ones. There are three methods to making meatballs round, but all start the same way. Mix up your favorite […]

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Jalapeno Brioche Rolls

Jalapeno Brioche Rolls

Happy National Spicy Food Day! Seriously, its a day. August 19th is dedicated to the celebration of spicy food. I love spicy food, and have a tendency to look at a dish and think, “And how would this taste with jalapenos?” Which is where these rolls came from. I took perfectly innocent, delightful brioche rolls […]

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Chocolate Pie Sticks (a use for leftover pie dough)

Chocolate Pie Sticks (a use for leftover pie dough)

There is a distinct possibility that I am the only person I know that has a problem with left over pie dough. I make pies much more than the average girl, and I always make my crust from scratch. You should too. Really. The only problem is that I always have hunks of dough left […]

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How To: Roast a Chicken

How To: Roast a Chicken

I can’t stop thinking about chicken. Not any chicken,the Foster Farms Chicken Cooking Contest. I am Semi-Finalist for California. Of course I’m excited, giddy even. But I am also so dang nervous. In only 11 days (11DAYS!!) I go to San Diego to compete. Last weekend the Washington Semi-Finalists competed and the winners were: Tina Hoban, […]

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S’mOREO Bars for National S’mores week!

S’mOREO Bars for National S’mores week!

I missed National S’mores day. I had no idea that August 10th was a day that the national is obligated to celebrate this childhood campfire treat until half way through the day when my Mini S’mores Cheesecakes were featured on Yummly. The saddest part of all of this: I HAD a s’mores post ready to […]

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Caprese Stuffed Chicken Burgers

Caprese Stuffed Chicken Burgers

I am a finalist in the Foster Farms cooking contest. I’m going to San Diego at the end of the month for the big Cook Off. Of course, I would love to share my Semi-Finalist recipe for Pulled Chicken Sliders with Hoisin BBQ Sauce and Pickled Slaw with you, but I can’t, contest rules don’t […]

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