Best of Winter Fancy Food Show 2014

Last week I visited the Moscone Center in San Francisco for the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show, a production of the Specialty Food Association. Companies from around the world showcase their food products, mostly for buyers from all over (think CostCo). Because of this blog, I qualified for a press pass, which I used to

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Party Menu: Summer Bridal Shower

Kate and Matt are getting married later this summer, and I was delighted to be able to host a bridal shower for Kate to meet her extended in-laws. A backyard garden party was planned, and I got my butt in gear and spruced up the patio and surrounds to make everything nice for the day.

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Hot Chocolate Snowball Cookies (recipe)

Last week, while visiting Penzey’s, I picked up a fun recipe for Hot Chocolate Snowball Cookies, a variation on the Nutty Nuggets/Mexican Wedding Cake/Russian Tea Cake Cookie that is popular this time of year. The cookies were easy to make, and the whole family enjoys the addition to our holiday treat plate. Hot Chocolate Snowball

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Cookie Thursday: Sparkling Ginger and Chocolate Cookies

Michelle has been nagging suggesting I bring back this feature, Cookie Thursday, from last year; she has written several times about how much she enjoyed reading about what we were baking in our kitchen. Unfortunately, do to insane after school schedules, and lack of interest on the part of the kids (not in eating the

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Family Dinner Plan: Radicchio risotto and chocolate decadence cookies

Mixed results with last week’s menu – we had some sort of freakish, unseasonably hot weather, which does not put me in the mood for baked dishes like stuffed collard greens. Fortunately the kids came up with a great idea for Monday dinner – crepes stuffed with whatever we found in the fridge. I put

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Kid Chef: Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding (from scratch) (recipe)

Today we made pudding. Bittersweet chocolate pudding. A favorite from when I was first living on my own. The recipe comes from Puddings Custards and Flans by Linda Zimmerman, and the original recipe calls for white chocolate chunks, but we are not fans of white chocolate, so we left that out. Otherwise, the recipe is

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Brownie Smack-down (or is it Snack-down) (recipe)

Our newest family baker comes home from school today determined to make brownies. I tried to tell encourage him to make my favorite brownie recipe, a one-bowl version that my Grandmother used to make, originally off the back of the Baker’s Choice unsweetened chocolate (and is now repeated many other places, including Mark Bittman’s How

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