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Artichokes

I love artichokes and always look forward to their first appearance in the stores. They’ve been around of a while at this point, and I’ve been steadily munching my way through them each week. I like to boil or steam them and pluck off the leaves one by one. My favorite dip involves roughly 4 parts mayonaise to one part dijon mustard, spiked with a ... Read More »

What is acidulated water?

Acidulated Water

Acidulated water is water that an acid has been added to it, usually lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar. Citric acid and ascorbic acid can also be used. The water is used to prevent the cut skin of fruits and vegetables from browning when they are exposed to air. Recipes often call for tossing apples, avocados or artichokes in acidulated water because these are all ... Read More »

Cooking with Flowers

Cooking with Flowers

Flowers are stunning additions to your garden, but they can also be tasty treats to serve up in your kitchen. There are many flowers that we regularly eat, including artichokes, broccoli and cauliflower, but there is a rainbow of colorful, edible flowers out there that can be a fun addition to your cooking and baking that you may never have experimented with before. Once you ... Read More »

Wine at Starbucks: A Starbucks Evenings visit

Mac n' Cheese from Starbucks

Starbucks is a coffee shop, so it was a surprise to me to learn that some of their locations are now serving wine in a program called Starbucks Evenings. As part of the program, these stores serve a variety of wines and small plates dishes after 4pm. The idea is that many customers already come to Starbucks to relax and unwind with coffee, but that ... Read More »

Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onion and Pancetta Pizza

Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onion and Pancetta Pizza

An Italian restaurant that is not too far from my neighborhood makes a pizza that they call The GCOP. This pizza may have a funny name, but it has a lot of fans. The GCOP stands for goat cheese, caramelized onions and pancetta. I’ve never been sure whether the “c” in the name comes from the cheese or the caramelized onions, but one thing I ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

While a basic sugar cookie is a treat, it doesn’t hurt to put a twist on that classic to turn it into something a little more special. In this case, the Browned Butter Brown Sugar Cookies with Lemon Buttercream from Heather’s Dish have a couple of twists that add a lot of flavor to them. The cookies are sweet and nutty, with a rich browned ... Read More »

The French Laundry, Yountville, California

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The French Laundry is one of the most iconic restaurants in the Napa Valley and one of the best restaurants in the world, with three Michelin stars to prove it. The restaurant belongs to Chef Thomas Keller, who has been serving a beautiful nine course tasting menu there since 1994, when he bought the building (formerly an actual French Lanudry, but operated previously as a ... Read More »

Tapas in Spain

Spanish Tortilla

Spain is probably best known around the world for its tapas culture. This is the practice of eating small plates of food  – pretty much always with drinks like beer, sangria or wine – before dinner. It’s a social thing as much as a food thing, but the food element is what makes it stand out from other countries that have a bar or pub ... Read More »

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