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Archive for April, 2011

April 29, 2011

It Looks Like Caviar….

It looks like caviar….the texture is the similar to caviar….the taste? Incredible heady truffle aroma, slight brininess. To me, a truffle lover, it’s better than caviar….and it’s a fraction of the cost. My friend Tim, who owns Chef Shop sent me a jar of Black Truffle Caviar (on sale for $29.95) – which is made […]

April 29, 2011

Giveaway: Zojirushi Umami Rice Cooker

Zojirushi NS-YAC10 Umami Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, Pearl WhiteZojirushi makes the very best rice cookers, our entire family (mom, brother and myself) use Zojirushi. The quality is top notch, the rice comes out perfect each and every time and it’s a beautiful, sleek machine.Their new Umami Micom brand rice cooker cooks the rice for . . .

April 29, 2011

Giveaway: Blendtec Kitchen Mill

Blendtec Kitchen Grain MillEver thought about grinding your own flour?Release nature’s health by bursting your grains into nutritious flour. The Kitchen Mill™ is the result of thousands of hours of research and years of constant testing. Now you can enjoy the great taste of natural whole grain flour any time. It is always ready . . .

April 28, 2011

Giveaway: Artisan Truffles

Laughing Moon Chocolates GiveawayHandmade truffles from Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe, Vermont.  Each box of chocolate truffles contains a selection of the following: Big Barn Red Wine Truffles, Vermont Apple Brandy, Rock Art Vermonster Beer, White Chocolate Stair’s Pear, Vermont Maple, Green Mountain Sunshine Vodka, Chipotle Cinnamon, Amaretto, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Kahlua, Grand Marnier, and . . .

April 28, 2011

Chinese Stir Fried Sticky Rice Cakes (Nian Gao)

Step by step photos for authentic Shanghainese Chinese Fried Sticky Rice Cake (Nian Gao) Recipe.

April 28, 2011


The toughest part about having my family spread out across the States are the holidays, especially when 3 out of 4 members of the family are celebrating together. Most often, my bachelor brother and my parents are together as their schedule is a bit more flexible than ours and because airfare for me, Scott and […]

April 25, 2011

Giveaway: Kenmore Elite Convection Toaster Oven

Kenmore Elite 6-Slice Convection Toaster OvenWarm or toast your favorite foods with a Kenmore toaster oven that fits a 12″ pizza. The toaster oven has a 60 minute timer with auto shut-off. Convection function cooks in half the time.6 slice digital control toaster ovenAccessory included bake pan, bake rack and 9″ pizza stoneBrushed . . .

April 25, 2011

Choo-Choo Dinner’s Ready

When the boys were little, it was all about Thomas the Tank Engine trains. I used to scour the garage sales for used sets and tracks. I think we had enough track to circle the house three times. If we had this plate and cup holder set with integrated track, eating sure would be a […]

April 25, 2011

Turtle Cheesecake Truffles

My husband’s second favorite restaurant in the world is The Cheesecake Factory. We don’t go for the food, we go for the cheesecake. All of them. Okay, well maybe not all of them, unless we’re in a large group, but we always order at least 4 different cheesecakes to share between us. Two bites out […]

April 21, 2011

All About Real Fresh Wasabi

What is real wasabi? All about U.S. grown fresh wasabi.

April 21, 2011

Giveaway: Fresh Wasabi

Fresh wasabi giveaway.

April 20, 2011

Asparagus Gratin

Step by step photos for Asparagus Gratin Recipe. Recipe from Cook’s Country May 2011 issue.

April 19, 2011

Free Travel & Food Photography Class

A free online travel and food photography class is being hosted by my friend, Penny de los Santos, who happens to be one of the most talented photojournalists I’ve ever seen. Her work moves people in such unexpected ways. She had me in tears and nearly speechless last year during her presentation at BlogHer Food. […]

April 19, 2011

Miso Ramen Recipe

Recipe with photos of ingredients for Japanese style Miso Ramen Noodle Soup Recipe.

April 18, 2011

Creamy Scallops and Peppers

Wednesdays are the craziest days in our household. Not only do the boys get out of school 2 hours early each week, but Tae Kwon Do classes start at 5:45pm. Because the boys take separate classes, they normally don’t get out until 7:30pm which means dinner has to be eaten before class. In the afternoons, […]