Cookbook Book Club: Around My French Table with Dorie Greenspann

Right around the New Year, Valerie of Suburban Bites suggested a cookbook dinner club via her wall on Facebook. Sort of like a book club, in that everyone “reads” the same cookbook and then gets together for a potluck dinner to discuss. Since we don’t live geographically close to each other, and because I thought

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Cookbook review: Green Market Baking Book

With bees in the backyard, and concerns about high fructose corn syrup and other easily refined sugars in processed food items, I have been considering how to move towards healthier sweeteners in our home. Easy enough when adding syrup to waffles or honey to yogurt, but a little trickier when thinking about baked goods. Fortunately,

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Almond Brioche (book re-review and recipe)

Two times in the last few weeks I have been asked to bring a breakfast treat for an event the family was attending. Both times I brought Almond Brioche, created from a recipe in my favorite Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day book. Both times I received rave reviews, which I shook off since

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12 Days of Local Christmas, 2010: Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy Cookies

Growing up the Bay Area, it feels like I have been surrounded by good food all my life. But that is not exactly true. Or, if it is true, then I definitely did not notice it until I was a teenager. As a teen, I remember taking the bus to Stanford Shopping Center, just to

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Whoopie Pies – an experiment and a cookbook (a recipe)

Coach’s gifts for soccer were easy this year – the team name was the Whoopie Pies and once I saw the new Whoopie Pies: Dozens of Mix ’em, Match ’em, Eat ’em up recipes by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell, I had my plan in place. A copy of the book for each coach, along

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Healthy eating: exploring vegan options (recipe)

Last week I was invited to attend a cooking demonstration with Chef Tal Ronnen at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Chef Tal was on a book tour, promoting the conscious cook, a full color vegan cookbook published in October 2009. Chef Tal prepared vegan meals for Oprah’s 21-day vegan cleanse in the spring

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