My First Week Working At Cafe Flora

Cafe Flora, Seattle, Washington

I’ve always had a desire to work in professional kitchens, but other than a few months over 20 years ago at Green Gulch Farm (in Marin county, part of the San Francisco Zen Center), I haven’t done it. So I’m taking a few months off from my day job to intern and …

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Welsh Cakes from Alford and Duguid’s HomeBaking

Mini-me started the morning with my favorite refrain: "want make something!", which means she’d like us to cook something together. I was a bit bored of our regular muffin routine, so I pulled out Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid’s HomeBaking thinking of scones and settled on something related but a bit different, the "Welsh Cakes" …

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You Have Mousse In Your Freezer (I Think)

What if I were to tell you that you have chocolate mousse in your freezer this very instant? Am I psychic? Did I break in to your house and anti-burgle a delicious dessert as a complimentary gift for visiting my blog?

Nope, I’m talking about ice cream. I was recently struck by the idea that the …

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Hummus Showdown – Abu Shukri vs. Taami

Hummus with Chickpeas and Falafel at Taami in Jerusalem

One of my very favorite days on our recent trip to Israel was the day that Sarina and I had stupendous hummus for a late breakfast and equally astounding hummus for lunch. In the morning we visited the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem and …

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Strudel from Forno Marco Roscioli in Rome, Italy

Strudel from Antico Forno Marco Roscioli

I have been to the mountaintop, and there I found strudel. Antico Forno Marco Roscioli has been making beautiful breads, pizza and pastries for only 35 years. Which I guess makes them a bit of an upstart on the Roman scene. I found them after a morning of strolling around …

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Introduction to an Imaginary Cookbook, Part 1

Like most of us, my first culinary memories are inextricably linked with my Mom. This may seem an odd place to start in a vegetarian cookbook, but I’ll never forget her veal. It was lightly breaded with flour and egg, and pan fried. I couldn’t get enough, and I would wolf down my first piece …

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Otsu Noodles (Sesame Soba Noodle Salad) – Recipe

I’ve been making variations of this dish for years, but I always thought of them just as "how I like to make sesame noodles". But I just read this post on Heidi’s site (and the followup at Amateur Gourmet) and the light went on that  by "sesame noodles" people pretty much universally mean a dish …

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