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New England Lobster Roll

2 Comments | Written on April 16, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

I’m not kidding when I tell you this might be the best lobster roll I have ever tasted!  Now, I can’t take all the credit, because this recipe actually comes from Chef Vosika at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston.  I knew it was going to be good because New Englanders know their lobster!

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Top 10 Favorites from the 2014 International Home and Housewares Show

7 Comments | Written on March 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm , by

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago.  It is an event that I look forward to every year!

Imagine row after row, aisle after aisle of all the newest and greatest kitchenware and gadgets.  I felt like a kid in a candy shop!  There was so much to do and see that it is hard to summarize the four day extravaganza.   So, I assembled a top 10 list of some of my favorite finds from the show.

Which one do you want in your kitchen?  Tell us!

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Cronut Quest

9 Comments | Written on August 2, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

Am I nuts?  Or shall I say, am I “Cronuts?!”

Right now I am in New York and I decided it was time I hopped on the cronut craze bandwagon.  Today I will embark on a cronut quest through the streets of SoHo to see if I can get my hands on one of these coveted breakfast treats.  I will be live blogging, tweeting and instagramming all along the way if you want to follow along for the adventure!  #CronutQuest

Stay tuned for updates throughout the morning!

(Cronut image from the Dominique Ansel Bakery website)

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Denver Omelet Breakfast Sandwich

2 Comments | Written on July 5, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

The recipe I have for you today incorporates everything you love about a Denver Omelet (peppers, ham and cheese) all sandwiched inside a toasted bagel.  But before we get to the recipe, I want to tell you about the Aspen Food and Wine Classic and how this recipe came about!

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How to Make Fresh Ricotta and Homemade Cannoli

11 Comments | Written on November 30, 2012 at 12:00 am , by

You are in for a treat today!

First I am going to show you how easy it is to make your own fresh ricotta cheese at home.   Then, demonstrate how you can take that ricotta and use it in a simple and authentic cannoli.  Finally, in the Italian spirit of not letting anything go to waste, I am even going to show you a fun trick for leftover vanilla bean pods.

Is your mouth watering yet?!

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Sicilian Swordfish Steaks

5 Comments | Written on November 29, 2012 at 12:00 am , by

It’s hard to believe that only a month ago I was whisked away to the island of Sicily, half a world away from my life in Los Angeles.  I had no idea what to expect, but I quickly found Sicily to be overflowing with old-world charm, warmth, and a genuine feeling of family.

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Rustic Berry Tart with Cardamom Creme Fraiche

1 Comment | Written on September 7, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

For me there is no better dessert than berries.  I love just about any berry.   From a plump, red strawberry picked in Ventura county just north of my home in Los Angeles, to a tart, bright orange cloudberry from a bog in the Arctic Circle.

Berries are perfect for making quick and flavorful desserts.  This rustic tart is assembled in minutes without the fuss of a typical pie.

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Boudin Bakery Sourdough Scramble

1 Comment | Written on August 3, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I stopped by one of my favorite restaurants, the Boudin Bakery on Fisherman’s Wharf.  I was there early in the day when they were still serving breakfast and I simply had to try one of their Sourdough Scramble Bowls.  If you love soup in a bread bowl, why not try scrambled eggs in a bread bowl for breakfast!

Keep reading to learn how I made a copycat version of the Boudin Bakery Sourdough Scramble!  

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How to Make Sushi

1 Comment | Written on August 1, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Do you love to go out to a Japanese restaurant for sushi and wonder if it is possible to recreate that experience in your own kitchen? You are in luck!  Today I am going to show you,  step-by-step,  how to make sushi at home.

Keep reading to learn how to make this “Rock and Roll” Sushi Roll from Qsine Restaurant!

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Excite the Senses on Celebrity Cruise Lines

4 Comments | Written on July 13, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Last week I had the extraordinary pleasure of boarding the Celebrity Cruise Line for a 7-day “Excite The Senses” culinary themed adventure to Alaska!  This was my first cruise and it was amazing to share the experience with my mom.  There were so many stories, recipes and photos to share from our time onboard as well as on land, I don’t even know where to start!  So, I decided to put together a “top 10″ list of yummy excerpts from the trip.  If this serene and spectacular snapshot from our balcony isn’t enough to convince you to book your cruise right now, this mouth-watering list will have you ready to hop on board as soon as possible!

Keep reading if you have ever dreamed of going on a food lover’s cruise!

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