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Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Foodies

"I vant a cupcake" Halloween Pumpkin

I have always loved carving pumpkins. As much as I love the candy and the treats, sitting down with a big pumpkin is still one of my favorite parts of Halloween. For years, I stuck to straightforward jack o’lantern faces until one faithful year when I decided to try to up my game by incorporating a foodie twist onto my pumpkins. Now, I’m not an ... Read More »

Botanical Pumpkin Loaf Pan

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A lot of pumpkin pans are geared towards Halloween and have a spooky element to them. Pumpkin desserts, however, are enjoyed all autumn and don’t need to be limited to spooky Halloween celebrations. The Botanical Pumpkin Loaf Pan from Williams Sonoma is the kind of pan that you can use throughout the fall, from well before Halloween all the way into winter. It has a ... Read More »

Brain Panna Cotta with Raspberry Filling

Panna Cotta Brains

Most restaurants don’t put brains on their menu, and most of us don’t cook them at home, either. But for Halloween I wanted to make an exception and put brains on my dessert menu – Panna Cotta Brains with Raspberry Filling. These delicious desserts are an elegant take on the zombie aesthetic and are a wonderfully weird dessert to serve for Halloween. The exterior of ... Read More »

Daniel: My French Cuisine

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Daniel: My French Cuisine is the latest book from Chef Daniel Boulud. The book is huge, weighing in at more than five pounds, but despite its size and the fact that it is packed with beautiful photography, this is much more than just a coffee table book. The book is actually divided into several distinct sections and all of them are well worth reading – ... Read More »

Zombie Graveyard Cake

Zombie Cake

Zombies are popular in the movies, on tv and even in the candy aisle. I’ve noticed that zombies have become a popular theme for Halloween candies, from gummies to marshmallows to candy bars. In the movies, zombies tend to be pretty realistic looking and the “gross” factor is high. In candy form, zombie-themed treats are a lot more colorful and a lot more fun. Dark ... Read More »

Making Aioli and Meeting Daniel Boulud

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Chef Daniel Boulud has just released his newest cookbook, Daniel: My French Cuisine and he is currently traveling around the country to visit different stores and attend different events to promote it. He made a stop in Los Angeles yesterday and I was able to attend a great cooking demo and get my copy of the book signed! Book signings and cooking demonstrations, although they’re ... Read More »

6 Filled Halloween Cupcakes and Other Tricky Treats

Brain Cupcakes Collage

Halloween is about tricks and treats, although the tricks usually only manifest themselves as scary costumes and people play up the sweets. I still like to get in a little trick once in a while and I do that in the form of filled cupcakes and other treats. These sweets have a surprise inside that really makes them stand out from other Halloween goodies. They ... Read More »

Coconut Oil Brownies

Coconut Oil Brownies

Coconut oil has become more popular for baking in the past year or so. Not only is it a relatively healthy fat, but it is more widely available than ever before, so it is a readily accessible ingredient. It’s easy to work with, since it can be used both as a solid and a liquid, and it can be substituted for either butter or oil. ... Read More »

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