DIY paneer and queso blanco

Just found out that Urban Cheesecraft has launched a new website and is waiving the usual S+H charges with the code “freespring.” So I jumped on it and bought the DIY cheese kit for paneer and queso blanco. I love me some cheese enchiladas and palak paneer, so I dig the idea of being able […]

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Originally posted on Illustrated Bites:
Ever handy…I love illos like these. Actually, I would love to take a class someday about “the art of food” (that is, an art-historical view of it, not necessarily the plating of a dish) if there were ever one offered near me. I get a kick out of seeing food rendered in art, I enjoy […]

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Lands End day trip

The weather’s supposed to clear up this Sunday after several off-and-on days of much-needed rain, so I’m hoping to take the opportunity to bolt to San Francisco for a little day trip around the Outer Sunset / Lands End / the Legion of Honor. My plan is to check out Outerlands for the amazing-looking Dutch […]

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The ultimate egg primer

I can hardly wait to try this out, because it’s just what a novice like me needs: a primer of cooking techniques on “The Incredible Egg,” courtesy of Bon Appétit. It’s got the basics plus the superlatives, like “The Softest Scramble” by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, “The Perfect Poach” by Thomas Keller, and “The Silkiest Carbonara” adapted […]

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A perfect repast

Here’s the best kind of meal according to book reviewer and editor Avis DeVoto (pictured), a confidante of Julia Child, reblogged from Ruth Reichl: “I also stubbornly maintain that the only real way to cook lobsters is in three or four inches of sea water, in a covered kettle, for about twelve minutes (pound and […]

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“Oranges” by Gary Soto

Here’s a poem to enjoy on a wintry day. I’ve always loved it for the imagery of an orange so bright, so molten against the frosty gray day, that it could be mistaken for fire. Oranges By Gary Soto  The first time I walked With a girl, I was twelve, Cold, and weighted down With […]

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