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An Eclectic Gourmet Birthday

The other day I had my 29th birthday … again. One of my birthday wall comments on Facebook said “Hope your day is filled with gourmet food!”. Well, it turned out that it was a gourmet day starting in a very unexpected way. About 8:30AM, the doorbell rang and my dog Scooby, barking furiously, insisted […]

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Cupcake Commentary

In honor of the first weekend that actually felt like summer, I decided to write about something that kids of all ages enjoy almost as much as summer vacation – the cupcake. The two major upscale cupcake chains in Northern California are Kara’s Cupcakes and Sprinkles. Our family first fell in love with cupcakes at Kara’s […]

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OMG! Yummy Express – Flank Steak Trio

I’ve been so busy with life that I haven’t been able to finish a blog entry in over three weeks. So in honor of all of our hectic, over-scheduled lives, this entry is about yummy meals that are quick and easy — OMG! Yummy Express. I’ll start with my family’s favorite main course – flank […]

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OMG iPad! – Tempting Technology in the Kitchen

I’m back from my Passover and spring breaks which included the acquisition of a new technology toy (more later),  the discovery of a great kugel recipe that you should bookmark for next year (http://bit.ly/applematzahkugel), and an unfulfilled goal to make a sponge cake that doesn’t just taste delicious, but actually looks appealing too. The cake […]

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The Oil has Landed!

It’s here – 6 liters of Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva from the Umbrian region of Italy. It arrived very quickly once I placed the order – less than one week from Spello to San Jose. The oil is as yummy as I remember it, maybe even better than I recalled. When I opened the […]

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Luxurious Laziness or Modern Day Necessity?

At the risk of losing the respect of all my coffee-connoisseur friends, I’m about to do a full monty on the history of coffee-drinking in our house. Despite our self-anointed foodie status, we are nothing, if not plebeian, when it comes to our coffee consumption. We frequent Starbuck’s more often than Peet’s, we buy pre-ground […]

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A New Store Unveiled: a Dormant Chef Reappears

This weekend I did what any self-respecting foodie would do on a Saturday night: took my family to the grand opening of a new specialty food store called Flavor Specialty Spice (flavorspice.com), located in Santana Row (an upscale village-like shopping center in San Jose). Flavor Specialty Spice offers 200+ spices, herbs and peppers including more […]

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How Did Bubbe Bake it? – Part 1

From my last post about banana chocolate chip loaf, you might presume that I am a good baker. But that is hardly the case. When confronted with the option to make dough or buy it in some frozen form, I will frequently choose the latter, justifying the decision with “I’m too busy to make my […]

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A Picture is Worth 1000 Calories

One slice of this delicious banana chocolate chip loaf quick bread does not really contain 1000 calories. The problem, however, is stopping at one slice. I first stumbled upon this simple but delicious recipe when I was taking home economics during summer school. Our assignment was to find a recipe, prepare it, and then share […]

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P.S. to Yummy in South San Jose – an Oxymoron?

In my last post, I mentioned (whined?) that an exciting culinary event in South San Jose is the addition of a new dish at Pasta Pomodoro. Well guess what – there is! Went there for lunch today. My son and I agreed the penne dish was a nice addition, although nothing to really write home, […]

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Yummy in South San Jose – an Oxymoron?

As much as I love food, I happen to live in a part of San Jose that has a dearth of good restaurants. An exciting dining-out experience for us is when Pasta Pomodoro adds a new dish to their menu. So I feel compelled to write about a local Chinese seafood restaurant that may be […]

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