Archive for 2012

No-Cook Freezer Jam Recipes

Blackberry Lavender Freezer Jam photo by Thomas Macdonald

One of my favorite cooks and eating partners, Sara Foster, has once again shared some brilliant recipes. This time she offers us ways to capture the sweetness of summer without overcooking. According to Sara, in this Organic Gardeningarticle, freezer jams are “another, easier way to get that sunny flavor in the middle of winter… ...

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New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival: First Bites

Brown Jambalaya with chicken and andouille

Here are some first bites from the 2012 Jazz and Heritage Festival in my hometown of New Orleans. I always start with these tastes of home: Brown Jambalaya made by Catering Unlimited; Fried Softshell Crab Po-Boy by Galley Seafood Restaurant; Cochon de Lait Po-Boy by Love at First Bite, and (not pictured) Pheasant, Quail, and ...

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Savoring Puerto Rico: Words and Images

Puerto Rico Slideshow from kim sunee on Vimeo. Some quick fast notes from Puerto Rico: Faded cerulean blue cobblestones Rice and Peas Powder sugar-dusted mallorca and papaya milkshake La Bombonera Jesus from Lares Old man in the doorway Yellow blossoms, achiote Rice and Peas El Yunque, Arabica Oceanside salsa and piña colada Prince, J. Lo, Ricky Martin La ruta del lechon El Morro, San Cristobal Crunchy caramel-colored cuarito Alcapurria, Morcilla, guyabano Saborea! Puerto ...

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Homemade Marshmallow Recipe


I don’t know why I was compelled to make marshmallows, especially since I’m not a huge fan of them, but I like a culinary challenge. And I was tweeting with Ray Isle of Food and Wine Magazine about what to do with my bottles of Vin Jaune and vin de paille from the Jura region ...

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The Tuscan Sun Cookbook by Frances Mayes


The gorgeous and lovingly crafted cookbook by Frances and Ed Mayes is finally here. I was very fortunate to spend some time with Frances and Ed and the talented photographer, Steven Rothfeld, as we cooked and photographed recipes for THE TUSCAN SUN COOKBOOK. This collection of recipes is a love letter to the people and food and ...

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Maui Dreaming

Big Beach, Maui

I’ve escaped the mid-winter snowfalls and landed right here, on Maui’s Big Beach, for just a few days. My friend, Angela, calls to remind me that when she left Maui she cried for days. As I sit staring at the ocean with its swells and gigantic turtles, drinking guava juice, eating fresh papaya with lime, slices ...

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