Cookthink Interview

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Thanks to Kristin Hohenadel and Chip Brantley of cookthink.com for including me in the cookthinktank as the featured author this week. This coincides with the paperback edition of TRAIL OF CRUMBS, available today in bookstores. Check out the new beautiful cover. Thanks again to everyone at Grand Central Publishing, my wonderful editor, Amy Einhorn, and ...

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Recipe: Tangerine Granita and Vanilla Mascarpone

Recipe for Fresh Tangerine Granita with Vanilla Bean Mascarpone

I’ve been craving citrus and tasting these combinations in my mind’s palate all day: Meyer Lemon Limoncello. Red Grapefruit Butter on Scallops. Buddha’s Hand Citrus Eggs. Kaffir Lime Leaf soda…So this afternoon I made fresh tangerine juice granita.

(Includes a recipe for Fresh Tangerine Juice Granita)

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I “heart” Boulevard Burgers: more San Francisco treats

Boulevard, San Francisco

Everyone has a favorite burger joint–In-and-Out, Pink’s, The Burger Joint, Daniel Boulud’s DB Burger (sirloin, braised short rib, foie gras and black truffle), Shake Shack, New Orleans’ late-night haunt, Port of Call…but when I went to visit my friend, Brian Garrido, in San Francisco he insisted I not leave until I tasted the burger at ...

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I “Heart” Donuts: More San Francisco Treats

Dynamo Donuts

I mentioned San Francisco’s Dynamo Donuts–the apple-maple glazed sprinkled with bacon, in particular, in an earlier blog post. Here are some more photos from that day and one of me feeding Donut-crazed author, John T. Edge. PHOTOS by Thayer Gowdy

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More San Francisco Treats: images by Thayer Gowdy

El Tonayense Taco Truck, San Francisco

I’ve been lucky enough to work with photographer Thayer Gowdy for several years now. Together we have crushed berries in Oregon, tasted wines in Paso Robles, as well as Buddha’s Hand citrus eggs, marionberry pie, roast duck, field greens, more wine, ricotta, chevre, pecorino, chocolate, donuts, tacos…Here are some images from a recent trip to ...

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Tortilla Espagnole/Spanish-Style Omelette

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I’ve been craving this Spanish-style potato omelette for weeks now. You’ll find smaller versions sitting out in Tapas bars all over Spain. I visited a friend in San Sebastian once whose mother always had one of these ready and waiting in her oven to offer up to unexpected guests. The trick is to not overcook the ...

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Last bites from le Comptoir du Relais, Paris

Choux Farci (Stuffed Cabbage), Le Comptoir du Relais, Paris

This was part of our last lunch at Le Comptoir du Relais before having to leave for Roissy. Stuffed Cabbage, Camborde-style, and sweetbreads with braised chestnuts and raisins. Roberto had the Poularde facon poule au pot (see post below) and Jennifer went back to her first love, deep and dark fork-tender beef cheeks with elbow ...

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A few more bites from Le Comptoir du Relais, Paris

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I’m addicted to Le Comptoir. I need my comptoir lunch fix at least 3 or 4 times during a week’s stay in the city. I really do try to go elsewhere but I just can’t stay away from Yves Camborde’s cooking. A problem when I dine at restaurants is this: I have to order last ...

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At Market, Paris, marché maubert-mutualité

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Winter lettuces are abundant and ready for the eating, raw and crisp with a simple vinaigrette (extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, fleur de sel and a crack of pepper) or topped with a poached egg and a few sauteed lardons.

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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Pilgrimage to Paris, a French bistro Thanksgiving

Allard Bistro, Paris: sweetbreads with morels and cream

I am thankful for airplanes and pilots and hot fried chicken for open kitchens and French raw milk cheese. For running water and electricity for literacy and words and the dictionary. For my notebook and my pen and the Mac genius bar even though I would be more thankful if they served cocktails like Lillet blanc or mad Champagne. I am thankful ...

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French Cheese: le vacherin Mont d’Or, je t’aime

Clementine and Garlic

I love being in France this time of year when my favorite winter cheese is in season. (The Mont d’Or is best at room temperature served up with a spoon.) It’s also the time to celebrate Belon oysters and Tarte Tatin, clementines and chestnuts, marrons glacés and nougat glacé and salted caramel apples. Champagne, meslcun, ...

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Tuna Chic in Paris

Tuna Chic at La Grande Epicerie du Bon Marché

Even tuna, it seems, can be chic in Paris, especially if you are tuna turned into a Terrine with herbs and displayed at the equally chic La Grande Epicerie du Bon Marché. More tuna with tapenade and sauteed zucchini and green beans at Le Comptoir.

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First Bite from Paris…Le Comptoir du Relais

Toast de pain de mie grillé, foie gras: Le Comptoir, Paris

My favorite remedy for jet lag in Paris is to head straight to 9, carrefour de l’Odéon to LE COMPTOIR, a no reservations lunch spot. You can find past posts here It’s always good to hear that deep weathered voice of France as she smiles, kisses me hello with promises of a table toute de ...

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Just Steer Me Home: A letter on the closing of Cottage Living

A note from a friend of mine on the closing of Cottage Living. Dear Little Sweet Pea: I heard the bad news early on: The Old Girl fell over and died. Let me say that I was sorry to hear it…You were there from the start…so I can only guess that it is a watershed moment for ...

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The last days of Cottage Living

Cottage Living Staff

Someone sent me this link to Urban Grace Interiors. And I’ve received many emails about the closing of Cottage Living magazine. Yes, it’s sad. Yes, it seems to be true. We are closing our pages. It’s been a remarkable journey. I have been fortunate to work with a talented and passionate group of people who have continued ...

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San Francisco Treats, cont’d: Zeitgeist, Bi-Rite, Delfina, and the Berkeley Farmers’ Market

Fennel Berkeley Farmers' Market

It’s been 2 days of non-stop dining in San Francisco which included an ice cream tasting (salted caramel, lavender honey) at Bi-Rite Creamery by owner Sam (one of the most passionate and exuberant people I’ve met in a long time), pizza at Delfina, meeting the Tamale Lady at Zeitgeist, BBQ and Sake with Bob at ...

(Includes a recipe for Fennel Salad)

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San Francisco Treats: Bacon Donuts and Kyoto Iced Coffee

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Day 1 continued: Julio, Thayer, and I are still tasting San Francisco, but took a break at Blue Bottle Cafe where Aaron showed us the art of the Kyoto Drip (photo below). It’s stunning to watch and even better to taste. The choice of single-origin Mexican beans enriched this coffee with deep undertones of chocolate. ...

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San Francisco: Breakfast at Boulette’s

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Eggs with Buddha’s Hand Zest at Boulette’s Larder, San Francisco I never have time for breakfast. For me, it’s one of those meals best taken on vacation when someone else can serve it to you, preferably on a terrace overlooking the sea, or in bed after a late-night romp. But, when I’m in San Francisco, one ...

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Happy Obama Day Jelly Beans

Happy Obama Day Jelly Beans

Something sweet to savor in San Francisco at Miette…

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Local Flavor: New Orleans: Recipe for Tres Leches Cake from Riomar

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One of my favorite sweet treats is the tres leches cake at Riomar Restaurant in New Orleans. This pure indulgence is easy, decadent, and rich with coconut. Watch Chef Adolfo Garcia make tres leches. If you want to save time, use your favorite store-bought sponge cake.

(Includes a recipe for Adolfo Garcia's Tres Leches Cake)

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