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A Crisp Summer Night

Here in Northern California, we have many crisp summer nights. As perfect as the weather is almost every single day, sometimes it gets pretty chilly at night. In my house, crisp summer nights are one marker that it’s summer. The other one is when I start making fresh fruit crisps all the time. Fruit crisps […]

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Father’s Day Omelette

Despite my repeated chiding to my kids that “he’s not my father”, I ended up preparing breakfast for my husband today with just some minimal sous chef assistance from his offspring. Kind of my fault — I suggested omelettes instead of the usual pancakes or waffles, which the kids could have cooked all by themselves. […]

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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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