Archive for 2009

more recipe testing–discovering the joy of Ritz crackers

Brian's Ritzy Oysters (photo Dan Schumacher)

I don’t remember growing up eating Ritz crackers, but since I’ve been testing recipes for the upcoming Tupelo Honey Cafe Cookbook, I’ve had the pleasure of buying and eating these golden rounds of buttery goodness. Chef Brian Sonoskus at Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville has lots of good tricks up his chef’s coat, including crumbling ...

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Thanksgiving, One Plate at a Time

Thanksgiving 2009

Earl Grey-Cranberry Relish, Roast Turkey with Prunes and Kumquats, Grammy’s Cauliflower Gratiné, Straight-Up Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls, and more… For those who have asked for some of the recipes for this meal, the Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls came from We found the honey butter recipe could be cut in half or use leftovers ...

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Book Club Groups, Trail of Crumbs, San Franciso to Birmingham

Jessica Collins (photographer) Anja Simms, Melissa McMahon, Christina DeChristopher, Laura Sloan

I don’t know how books help but sometimes they do make us feel a little less alone… I’ve been very fortunate to participate in many Book Club meetings where readers have gathered to discuss Trail of Crumbs. The book lends itself to lots of good food and drink and some soul searching. It’s amazing how people ...

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A spoonful of passion


Eating L.A.: Osteria Mozza, Street Food and more…

Osteria Mozza, L.A.

Here are some quick tasting notes from a few days spent in L.A.: At Susan Feniger’s Street, I discovered a new (to me) hangover remedy–Singapore-style–Toast spread with thick Kaya (coconut) jam that you dip into runny egg yolk drizzled with soy sauce. Author Pat Tanumihardja is working on a Kaya recipe to share but sent this ...

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King’s Donuts and Molasses Milkshakes in Cambridge, NY

James King's Molasses Milkshake

This is the best early morning street food I had all summer while in upstate NY visiting friends, Charlie Burd and Suvir Saran, at their American Masala Farm. I wrote about King’s Donuts in Cambridge, NY a few posts ago but have since returned and wanted to share a few more photos: James King, donut maker extraordinaire, ...

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FOODBUZZ 24,24,24: American Masala Farm Feast

a bevy of peppers

“Indian food is not about drama or hidden recipes within recipes.  It’s all about spices, added at different times during the cooking process, which add layers of complex flavors.” -Chef Suvir Saran When Foodbuzz asked Featured Publishers for submissions for the August 24, 24, 24 Event, I was on my way to see friends at American ...

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Lake Placid and Salty Dogs

Bedroom view in Lake Placid

I spent a few days visiting Sara Foster and her husband, Peter Sellers, at their home in Lake Placid. We do what we always do when we get together–eat and drink and make up recipes. (Sara used to be our contributing food editor at Cottage Living magazine and owns 2 markets, in Chapel Hill and ...

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The Donut King, Cambridge, NY Street Food

chocolate cream donuts

Street Food is alive and well in Cambridge, NY. Every Saturday and Sunday, James King (pilot and donut maker extraordinaire) sells out of his hot handmade donuts, including apple beignets, plum-filled beauties, twists, and simple glazed. As for donuts: I had my first Krispy Kreme just a few years ago. I have several friends who are Krispy ...

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Au Revoir American Masala

white peaches poached in Lillet Blanc

Am leaving the farm and decided to poach some peaches in Lillet Blanc to leave as a gift to my amazing and generous hosts, Charlie and Suvir. This recipe is the first in TRAIL OF CRUMBS. I love the pairing of Lillet Blanc with fresh lemon verbena. Basil or lemon thyme would be just as ...

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Farm Fresh

buckwheat crepe with creme fraiche, goat cheese and guinea hen eggs

I’m visiting Chef Suvir Saranand his partner, Charlie at their American Masala farm in upstate NY. Suvir has left for a few days, so I’ve been cooking for Charlie, including penne all puttanesca, spaghetti alla carbonara, Indian-spiced rice, doughnuts filled with creme fraiche and blueberries, and this morning…Organic Buckwheat crepes with Charlie’s guinea hen eggs.

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Book Signing at Sundog Books, Seaside, FL

The folks at Sundog Books in Seaside, FL were lovely to invite me to sign copies of TRAIL OF CRUMBS this Thursday June 25th starting at 10:30 a.m. Please come by and say hello.

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I Dream of Rasika: Washington, DC

Gulab Jamun

I woke up dreaming of Gulab Jamun, a delicious North Indian sweet of fried dough soaked in condensed milk and flavored with rosewater from Rasika in Washington DC, where gulab jamun is served with cardamom-spiced ice cream. Lesson learned: When the maitre d’hotel lovingly offers a dessert sampler, say yes, even if you’ve already had ...

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WINNERS of the Hachette Book Giveaway

Hachette Book Giveaway

Choosing only 5 winners for the Hachette Book Giveaway for Asian Heritage Month was a really difficult decision since the food memories were at turns funny, poignant, and heartfelt. The judges at finally decided on 5 winners (see entries below). And a few runners-up who will receive a signed paperback edition of Trail of Crumbs: ...

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Sergio, the Montreal Bagel Maker, St. Viateur’s, Canada

Sergio making bagels at St. Viateur's in Montreal, Canada

Meet the hardest working man in the bagel business. At St. Viateur’s in Montreal, Sergio shows me how he makes bagels, boiling the dough in honey water so the sesame seeds will stick. “We make up to 500,000 a day.” Watch the video

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French Kids and Food: la joie totale

pain au chocolat

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3 Days Left to Win Free Books: Hachette Book Group Giveaway: Asian Heritage Month

Hachette Book Giveaway

Free Summer Reading. My publisher, Hachette Book Group, is celebrating Asian Heritage Month by offering numerous book giveaways. Here, at, 5 winners will receive a package of all 5 books. Contest rules below. Winners receive: Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee Trail of Crumbs By Kim Sunée The Fortune Cookie Chronicles By Jennifer Lee Transparency By Frances Hwang Strangers ...

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Friday morning cocktail testing: Prosecco and Rose


Is it too early to test cocktails? It’s 5 p.m. in Paris… I brought back this confit of rose petals–subtly sweet and fragrant–from Montreal. Stir a tablespoon or two into a glass of chilled bubbly…and garnish with a rose petal. What’s your favorite summer cocktail?

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Durham, NC Farmers’ Market

Durham, NC market: Scratch's tarts: Chocolate Sea Salt and Honeysuckle Cream

A few of my favorite things…and some new flavors: chocolate sea salt tart and honeysuckle cream tart…

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