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Adventures of an Italian Food Lover

Food Lover book

Italy is a country that tops the “places to visit” list of many a food lover. Food writers and chefs have been known to make pilgrimages there to study the finer points of prosciutto, bread and gelato. And while it would be lovely to take a multi-month journey to Italy to take in both the food and the countryside, it’s not the kind of thing ... Read More »

Beef and Cheese Empanadas

cheesy empanadas

In Ecuador, I had quite a few empanadas. The small filled pastries used all kinds of crusts, from flour-based pie crust type doughs to tender cornmeal and/or masa-based doughs, as well as ones that contained a mixture of those ingredients. The baked empanadas were consistently good, while the fried empanadas were either perfectly crispy or disappointingly soggy and greasy. Fillings varied from cheese to meat ... Read More »

Do you name your dishes?

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“What do you call this?” Having cooked for many, many people – friends, family, acquaintances, etc – over the years, I have found that there are two types of people. Those who are into cooking will ask what is in a dish. Those who aren’t tend to ask me what it is called, instead. The first type of question is straightforward and easy to answer. ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Espresso Chocolates

espresso chocolates

Trader Joe’s usually has a good selection of both imported and/or store-branded chocolates at any given time. They company keeps a sharp eye out for what sells, and what doesn’t, so the less popular products are regularly taken out of rotation in favor of new items. I always look for the newer foods and, a few weeks ago, I came across Trader Joe’s Espresso Chocolates. ... Read More »

Roadfood Sandwiches for summer reading

roadfood sandwiches

If you like to pile into the car with your family/friends/neighbors/etc. for the occasional long distance road trip in the summer, you will be missing out if you aren’t already familiar with the concept of Roadfood. The term describes the exceptional, unique local eats found along the highways of America, as opposed to the ubiquitous fast food joints littering the countryside. Jane and Michael Stern are ... Read More »

Pie Slice Ejector

pie ejector

Having difficulty getting that slice of pie or cake to slide off the pie server? The reason for using a pie server, as opposed to trying to scoot the thin blade of a knife under the slice, is that it is the perfect size and shape to pick up a piece of pie or a slice of cake. I usually just use my finger (or ... Read More »

Cafe Latte Cookies

coffee cookies

As much as I love coffee, I tend not to make a lot of coffee-flavored sweets.  This is because I usually like to eat my cookies/cake/etc. with a cup of coffee, and I am more than happy to have chocolate, vanilla or another flavor take center stage in a baked good. After this batch of cookies, however, I may have to reconsider my policy. These Cafe Latte Cookies ... Read More »

Pimp that Animal Cookie!

pimp that animal cookie getting eaten

 Blame it on the “super size me” world that we live in, but I’m a big fan of the site Pimp That Snack, where users create their own giagantic – a.k.a. pimped – versions of popular snack foods. Top ranked projects include the Creme de la Creme Egg, Giant Twix, Rubiks Cake and a McDonalds Apple Pie. Since I first started visiting the site, I’ve ... Read More »

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