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The Chinese Lady’s A Pot of Rice to the Wonders of Wonton

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The Chinese Lady’s A Pot of Rice to the Wonders of Wonton

I can’t remember exactly when I met my friend Lorraine aka  “the Chinese Lady”   cooking personality of YouTube fame, but I can tell you she is zing of hot sauce on your plate. Even

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Chocolate Dreams…

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Chocolate Dreams…

p; Many years ago, attached to a package containing a birthday gift, my mom gave me a large round pin button with chocolate brown background and white lettering that said “If found unconscious,

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Would you like a bit more chocolate?

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Would you like a bit more chocolate?

Yesterday I shared the recipe for one of the confections demonstrated by Valrhona Chef and President of the Asia Pacific Pastry Cup Board, Vincent Bourdin who is one of the most respected

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Big Island Chocolate Festival…an Alice in Wonderland Dessert

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Big Island Chocolate Festival…an Alice in Wonderland Dessert

If you’ve been following my blog laterly, you know that we were invited to attend the 3rd Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival held May 1-3 at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel. There were tours, workshops,

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Chocolate Dreams and…soap bubbles?

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Chocolate Dreams and…soap bubbles?

p; ” It’s a fantasyland of chocolate! The Big Island Chocolate Festival inspires our pastry chefs.  It encourages our farmers to grow cacao.  It shows our chocolatiers that chocolate can

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A Chocolate Festival? Oh, yeah!

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A Chocolate Festival? Oh, yeah!

p; I shared yesterday the first of what is turning out to be a ‘series’ of articles about the 3rd Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival… The three day event was full of activity and of course,

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The 3rd Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival

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The 3rd Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival

p; What is the most wonderful thing that can happen to a self-confesed chocoholic? … No contest…being invited to attend a chocolate festival that lasts for days, that’s what! The 3 day event

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Chef Olelo pa’a at Honoka’a High and Intermediate School

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Chef Olelo pa’a at Honoka’a High and Intermediate School

I was invited to attend a special cooking demonstration at the Honoka’a High and Intermediate School presented by Chef Olelo pa’a Ogawa. Other guests were Donna Mitts, Derek Kiyabu and Zoe Kosmas,

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Poke Bar at Costco in San Francisco

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Poke Bar at Costco in San Francisco

One of the many things I enjoy eating in Hawaii is  poke . It’s a raw fish dish, that generally combines fresh yellowfin tuna, also known as ahi, with local ingredients like seaweed, Hawaiian

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Roasted Garlic and Potato Dip Recipe

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Roasted Garlic and Potato Dip Recipe

Greek cuisine features many great snacks and nibbles from olives to pastries and dips. An easy dip to make is skordalia. Recipes vary regionally, but generally feature garlic, extra virgin olive

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Beet Almond Dip Recipe

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Beet Almond Dip Recipe

I’m in the midst of creating 101 recipes for a new cookbook  (it was announced March 3rd). As a result, I haven’t been cooking anything other than recipes for the book. But Passover is coming

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Brassicas, Soufflés & Okra: Single Subject Cookbooks

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Brassicas, Soufflés & Okra: Single Subject Cookbooks

Brassicas: Cooking the World’s Healthiest Vegetables  Remember when people hated broccoli? And Brussels sprouts? And kale and collard greens were something only Southerners ate, but

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Off The Grid Fort Mason, 2014

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Off The Grid Fort Mason, 2014

I’ve been going to Off The Grid , the street food event at Fort Mason since it first began, five years ago . Each year the event grows and evolves. Early on there was a mostly Asian theme that

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Bok Choy Salad Recipe

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Bok Choy Salad Recipe

Recently I learned that bok choy is the number one vegetable in China. It seems to be the number one vegetable in my CSA box lately. It’s a very healthy vegetable with a ton of vitamin A, vitamin

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A16 turns 10

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A16 turns 10

A16 restaurant is celebrating a 10 year anniversary. That’s a huge accomplishment in any city, especially San Francisco. A16 focuses on the food and wine of Southern Italy. When it opened,

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The Lucky Pig Recipe

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The Lucky Pig Recipe

I am somewhat obsessed with a dish called the Lucky Pig, it’s served at Solbar in Calistoga and I order it almost every time I dine there. It’s basically tender roast pork served with

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More Favorites from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2014

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More Favorites from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2014

Here is another round up from the Fancy Food Show, the last one actually. It’s a mishmash of products that didn’t really fall into the other categories (or somehow slipped through the cracks). 

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Cheese from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2014

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Cheese from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2014

There is a lot of cheese at the Fancy Food Show ! I wait until the last day to indulge and I try to focus on the cheeses that are new or new to me. Here are some of note:  n

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Chocolate from the Winter 2014 Fancy Food Show

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Chocolate from the Winter 2014 Fancy Food Show

The Fancy Food Show can be overwhelming since there are more products than it’s physically possible to try in three days. Attendees have to decide what they will focus on tasting. I’m always curious

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Top Trends from the Winter 2014 Fancy Food Show

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Top Trends from the Winter 2014 Fancy Food Show

One of the reasons I attend the Fancy Food Show is to see what’s trending. Some flavors and categories just seem to be everywhere. This year was no exception.  The top trends I spotted were

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Paiche Recipe and Giveaway

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Paiche Recipe and Giveaway

It’s not everyday that you get the chance to try a fish you’ve never even heard of before. Last week I cooked paiche (pie-chay) a fish from the Amazon, also known as arapaima or pirarucu

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Endive Salad with Prosciutto

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Endive Salad with Prosciutto

Growing up I ate a green salad pretty much every night with dinner. In Italy, we did the same, though it was served at the end of the meal. These days, I find it hard to convince my other half

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Healthier Snacks & Treats

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Healthier Snacks & Treats

Snacks are part of the American way of life. We are a nation of snackers. Because I work from home, I have no “break room” stocked with drinks and snacks, but that doesn’t mean I don’t help myself to

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Warm Cauliflower Dip Recipe

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Warm Cauliflower Dip Recipe

Tahini is a very rich sesame seed paste used in hummus. But that’s not the only thing you can do with tahini. It adds richness and creaminess to a variety of dishes including salads, fish, grilled

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