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Kumquat Cardamom Cakes

[Translate] Recently, I was fortunate to receive a shipment of Kerrygold butter to work with. Kerry Gold butter is a premium butter brand that uses milk from Ireland’s grass-fed cows that are free of artificial growth hormones. Kerrygold supports and utilizes cream from Ireland’s small dairy farmer co-ops and co-op creameries. Since winter is citrus season and I’m obsessing over kumquats. I ate these small, entirely edible oval orbs over the years growing up, especially when it’s Chinese New Year yet I never baked with them until now. It’s a very unique flavor as it’s initially sweet and develops into..

Homemade Chinese cured goose leg (臘鹅腿)

[Translate] Homemade Chinese cured goose leg (臘鹅腿) About a month or so ago when I had my goose centered Thanksgiving meal, I had leftover beautiful geese legs that I had to wonder, would it be possible to make Chinese cured goose leg (臘鹅腿)? Sure, there are those yellow cured duck legs hanging in most Chinese markets next to Chinese sausages but both are mediocre. Also, they don’t remind me of the glorious food filled days when I ate through to Hong Kong and China a few years ago when I visited family and vacation. (more…)

Reginald's Nut Butters, Baked Elements Cookbook & Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ginger Scones

[Translate] Reginald’s Nut Butters You might be wondering, how does a (very good) artisanal nut butter company Reginald’s Homemade based in Richmond, Virginia can connect with the upcoming release of the (awesome and beautifully photographed by Tina Rapp) Baked Elements by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito cookbook? Reginald’s Homemade create what I think are one of the best nut butters out in the country. It’s pure nut butter without the sugar. To make the nut butters interesting, they do make blend some of nut butters with booze. (If you are curious, I do highly recommend the Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter,..

Reginald’s Nut Butters, Baked Elements Cookbook & Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ginger Scones

[Translate] Reginald’s Nut Butters You might be wondering, how does a (very good) artisanal nut butter company Reginald’s Homemade based in Richmond, Virginia can connect with the upcoming release of the (awesome and beautifully photographed by Tina Rapp) Baked Elements by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito cookbook? Reginald’s Homemade create what I think are one of the best nut butters out in the country. It’s pure nut butter without the sugar. To make the nut butters interesting, they do make blend some of nut butters with booze. (If you are curious, I do highly recommend the Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter,..

Yogurt Themed Brunch

[Translate] Earlier this week, I received a bunch of Dannon Activia yogurts by Foodbuzz (seen here) to cook a brunch for a couple of friends. I’ve tried the flavors prior to making anything. I had vanilla, and their fruit flavored yogurts Harvest Picks of peach, strawberry and mixed berry. They tasted good. It’s not too thick or thin and it had a minute amount of tartness from the yogurt cultures. I also liked there were some chunks of fruit, if applicable, blended in there as well. Whole wheat yogurt blueberry pancakes with a mixed berry smoothie Since it was brunch,..

Christmas Dinner – Carnivore’s Feast of Pat LaFrieda Meats and Pure Bred Lamb

[Translate] Christmas table setting, Whole mustard-rosemary Chateaubriand roast and my portion of that meat Christmas dinner was essentially a carnivore’s feast. Don’t get me wrong, I love my vegetables but since I’m thinking holidays, I normally associate large hunks of meat to share with friends and family. That’s when I start ordering from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors for their fine butchered meats and Pure Bred Lamb from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania for its distinguished holistically raised lamb. Pat LaFrieda is a family-owned and operated butchering distribution are the meat source of over 600 restaurants. They also the source gourmet burgers of popular..

Christmas Dinner – Carnivore's Feast of Pat LaFrieda Meats and Pure Bred Lamb

[Translate] Christmas table setting, Whole mustard-rosemary Chateaubriand roast and my portion of that meat Christmas dinner was essentially a carnivore’s feast. Don’t get me wrong, I love my vegetables but since I’m thinking holidays, I normally associate large hunks of meat to share with friends and family. That’s when I start ordering from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors for their fine butchered meats and Pure Bred Lamb from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania for its distinguished holistically raised lamb. Pat LaFrieda is a family-owned and operated butchering distribution are the meat source of over 600 restaurants. They also the source gourmet burgers of popular..

Cooking with Emile Henry – Chicken Apricot Tagine

[Translate] Emile Henry Pans and Mortar and Pestle For the past several years, I’ve been a fan of Emile Henry‘s French ceramic cookware and more recently, their colorful plates. It reflects my Francophile ways. Their products are very useful at home, giving some colorful punch to my mostly silver pans, and it helps a lot when I have dinner parties that their pans are large enough to feed the six to eight guests I have over (hence my recent purchases above). Homemade chicken apricot tagine After a recent conversation with a friend of mine, we were talking about how it..

Fig Hazelnut Crostata While Waiting for Irene

[Translate] Fig hazelnut crostata Like many other people on the Northeast Coast of the United States, I’m trapped in my house because of what was the impending Hurricane Irene, as many restaurants shut down and Mayor Bloomberg did a gradual shutdown of NYC that even the transit system isn’t running. (more…)