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 kimsunee.com 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 kimsunee.com, 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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Tandoori-Inspired Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs and Legs; Rasika Restaurant Washington, DC

tandoorichicken

I started out this morning craving the flavors of India. Maybe I was still dreaming of a recent meal at Rasika in Washington, DC. From the house-candied ginger Champagne Cocktails to the English Peas and Cabbage with mustard seeds to the last fragrant bite of saffron panna cotta, my palate was alive and happy. In my ...

(Includes a recipe for Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs & Legs)

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Friday morning cocktail testing: Prosecco and Rose

proseccorose2

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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Jun I, Montréal: Uni, Funny Maki, and all that Jazz

Chef Jun Ichi (right)

After several days of foie gras and more foie gras, I stopped in at Jun I, a beautiful, simple bar a sushi. Chef Jun Ichi from Kyoto sliced up Salmon with Japanese plum and maple syrup, Kampachi with yuzu miso (a favorite), Artic Char with fresh wasabi and soy, Striped sea bass with ginger, Pernod, ...

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Montréal, Au Pied de Cochon encore…

les asperges au restaurant Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal

I couldn’t help myself…yes, there are so many wonderful restaurants in Montréal, but the giddiness and pure joy that emanates from diners and staff at Au Pied de Cochon is addictive (see previous post). The charming Denis greeted us again and suggested asparagus, and another small portion of poutine (see previous post) as well as ...

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Au Pied de Cochon, Montréal: Poutine, Bites of Sin, and More…

Terrine de foie gras

When I first asked friends where to eat in Montreal, I was told, ordered in fact, to go to Au Pied de Cochon and report back with every drool-worthy detail. The space is abuzz with beautiful people, but, unlike in certain hot spots in Manhattan or L.A., the only ogling was of other people’s plates–foie ...

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Montreal, L’express

Roasted Bone Marrow, gray sea salt, Savoy peek-a-boo cabbage leaves, L'Express, Montreal

First bites at L’Express in Montreal: cornichons and roasted bone marrow

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A New Way with Snail Mail

Snail Mail

I had been lamenting to a friend in California that I never get any interesting snail mail anymore. It’s all electronic. Even friends who have my phone number send me messages via Facebook or Twitter, rather then calling me up so I can hear a real voice. My friend got the hint and sent me ...

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All the Pretty Mamas: Just in time for Mother’s Day: Feed the Belly, a new book By Frances Largeman-Roth

francesfeedthebelly

My friend, and new mother, Frances Largeman-Rothhas just published her first book. Authors often say that publishing a book is like having a baby. Congrats to Frances for carrying 2 babies at once, sweet little Willa and FEED THE BELLY. About FEED THE BELLY:”The only eating guide for expectant moms that helps satisfy your cravings while ...

(Includes a recipe for Peach and Blackberry Crumble)

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Honeydew Melon with Vanilla Fleur de Sel

morning honeydew with vanilla fleur de sel

When I was a little girl, hot summers in New Orleans always signified outdoor seafood boils and fresh cold watermelon. My grandmother used to take the salt shaker and lavishly sprinkle her wedge of melon. As a child, I found this cruel and unusual. That was before I got to France and discovered fleur de ...

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New Orleans 40th Jazz and Heritage Festival, Wynton Marsalis and Afro-Latin Boogaloo Funk

cochon de lait po-boy and fried oyster spinach salad

Just got back from the first weekend of Jazz Fest 09. Love: –prejean’s pheasant, quail, and andouille gumbo, and the softshell crab po-boy -the cochon de lait po-boy and fried oyster spinach salad -that jazz fest recycles -that Jayne gets us VIP parking and my friend, Joe, actually loved Jazz Fest this year -that people were happy, no talk of recession, ...

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Recipe for I Want Summer Now cake

I Want Summer Cake Now

Hot days, first swim, strolling the markets in the Crescent City and Washington DC, but no peaches or cherries yet. In anticipation of summer, I’ve pulled out some frozen cherries and peach slices from my freezer and am baking a cake with what I have on hand. I think this would be good with fresh ...

(Includes a recipe for I Want Summer Now Cake)

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Washington DC Weekend: Peach Blossoms, Hibiscus Punch, Fried Chicken (plus recipe), and more

Masala Fried Chicken

Spring weekend in Washington DC: the SFA Potlikker film event included lots of whiskey cocktails, good friends, and great short docs on Sweet Potato Pie, Edwin Marty and the Jones Valley Urban Farm, Taylor Grocery, and Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville… Some of my favorite lines from the films: Pearl Mallory: “If I had 2 ...

(Includes a recipe for Suvir Saran's Fried Chicken Masala)

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