Tea-Smoked Lychee Amuse Bouche

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Fresh lychee smoked with genmaicha tea

This is the first of three amuse bouche I have in mind based on fresh lychees. (Hey, did you know that the plural of amuse bouche is amuse bouche? Learn something every day.) You …

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Nectarine and Blueberry Tart – Why I Am Not A Pastry Chef

Nectarine and Blueberry Tart

I made this tart with the idea that I’d write a post about how simple it is to make this beautiful and delicious dessert. It is, though it does take a bit of time. Just look up a recipe for a pâte sablée dough and pastry cream, use perfectly ripe fruit and …

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Blueberry Napoleon with Crème Fraîche and Raspberry Powder

Blueberry Napoleon with crème fraîche and Raspberry Powder

I didn’t make this to be a Fourth of July dessert, but I realized afterwards that it bears some kind of metaphoric resemblance to an American flag, except that the stars are blue.

I made some rectangles out of a pastry dough, and layered them with Crème …

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The Secret to Crispy, Delicious Quesadillas – Recipe

Crispy Quesadilla with Pecorino and Onion & Garlic Jam

Pretty much everyone loves a quesadilla. Whether you are feeding a 3-year old with mild Monterey jack, or a sophisticated foodie with taleggio and grilled figs, a tortilla and melted cheese is quick to make and irresistible. Let me tell you about a simple trick which will …

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Cherry-Pumpkin Seed Muffins From The “Farm To Table Cookbook” – Recipe

Cherry-Pumpkin Seed Muffins From The "Farm To Table Cookbook" – Recipe

Sarina gave me this beautiful new book, the The Farm to Table Cookbook: The Art of Eating Locally by Northwest author Ivy Manning for our anniversary. It is organized by seasons, with an emphasis on ingredients that you might find at a farmer’s market, and …

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Some Amazing Chocolates To Try – Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon Wrap-Up

Guittard chocolates for baking (or, um, eating)

The first Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon was a resounding success! 20+ chocolate artisans showed up to offer samples and talk about their work. For only a $20 entrance fee and unlimited tasting, this was a fantastic bargain for anyone who lusts for cacao.

This year’s event was made slightly …

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Southern-Style Collard Greens, Veganized – Recipe

So my brother and sister-in-law were browsing their farmer’s market in Greensboro, North Carolina a few years ago when they spotted a pile of unfamiliar leafy greens. They asked the farmer how to prepare them, and her answer was simple: “well, you just boil them three times. Just like you would with any other salad.”

Now …

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