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Five-Spice Powder Recipes

Five-Spice Shortbread Adapted from this recipe for Spicy Cocktail Shortbreads. Ingredients: 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened 1/5 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar or another large-grained sugar of your choice 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 … Continue reading

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Visiting Koi Goo

In one of my favorite family photos, my brother and I are wearing matching red shirts and are flanking our Yeye (paternal grandpa). We are all grinning behind heaping mounds of freshly stir-fried rice vermicelli with ham, egg, bean sprouts … Continue reading

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The lamb, the leek, the pumpkin, the beer

We had the opportunity to cook in Brussels as Loic and Katharina generously let us run free in their beautiful kitchen. We decided to make our version of a Belgian dish, Carbonade, which was actually created on the fly and … Continue reading

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Homecooking at Petit Segries

Caveat – this was written on October 8th – we’re really behind on updates but we’ll catch up by 2011! After days of eating out, we are happy to be checked in for four nights to Petit Segries, a gite … Continue reading

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India and Nepal Visa Missions Accomplished!

DANCE OF JOY! (That is what my brother is doing above at LACMA). We got our India and Nepal visas! I have learned a lot in the process – even though procedures are amply stated online, reports vary so here … Continue reading

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Pantry Woes

A morning inevitability – you excitedly leap out of bed with a brilliant breakfast idea in mind, only to realize that you’re short one ingredient. It’s 9am on Labor Day so I’m not sure if the grocery stores are open … Continue reading

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Meating of the Minds

Feeling anemic? Let’s meat! Thanks to the good people of Dickson’s Farmstand Meats (dicksonsfarmstand.com), Chris and I have several pounds of this and that in the freezer that we definitely want to eat before our trip. To chase away the … Continue reading

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Incredible India Visa Issues

This is preparation for actually being in India – this thought simmered through my head, only quelled by a few powerful jabs to our helpless sofa pillow. But really, there was little else I could think of to do after … Continue reading

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Trend Testing – Squash Blossoms, She Said

Entire farms produce only squash blossoms. When we see them on menus, we mentally congratulate the chef and proceed to order. Who can resist these golden blooms? Certainly not me, but I often wondered why fried squash blossoms are exalted … Continue reading

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Trend Testing – Squash Blossoms, He said

Why buy Squash blossoms?  To me, they are the perfect example of a vegetable which is only available during a narrow window of time during the year.  “Seasonality” is a term thrown around a lot these days, but for certain … Continue reading

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