Halloween party

Try a “Day of the Dead” party instead of a Traditional Halloween party

Contributor: Elizabeth Payne October 29th, 2014-Why does it feel as though Halloween celebrations fall into two categories? The traditional kids in costumes fest that requires you to keep mega-bags of mini Snickers in the pantry for far longer than you can be expected to stay away from said mega-bags. Or the adult-style bacchanal that demands you paint your flesh green, wear lingerie as clothing and pretend…

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Rolling pin

Product Review: Lovely Rolling Pin by J.K. Adams

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Lovely Rolling Pin is an innovative design with old world craftsmanship. The rolling pin has 3” cylindrical handles on each end, but instead of the center being bigger in circumference like typical rolling pins, the Lovely Rolling Pins’ cylindrical handles are bigger in circumference than the middle. Thus, it allows bakers to roll dough to a similar thickness every time.…

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Product Review: Sora 8 inch Chef’s knife by Shun

LOS ANGELES, CA , October 28, 2014–Shun (pronounced Shoon) is known world wide for giving chef’s, cooks and food lovers a knife with the sharpest blade that’s been hand crafted with a design like nothing else on the market today. “In the great tradition of Seki’s sword smiths, every knife is handmade by highly skilled specialists and requires at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete.…

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Which cook are you?

Make time to cook, even if it’s just for you. If you don’t who will? Cooking for yourself is an empowering experience, for when you cook you get to make the decisions.  You get to choose whether you’re eating beef or chicken, and if it’s healthy or fattening.  At the end of the day it’s all about your whims and desires. That being said, there…

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Beef bourgeon

                                  Beef bourgeon is a classic French beef stew with chunks of flavorful beef in a rich sauce with roasted carrots and onions. 2 ¼ pound of stew meat 2 yellow onions, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup of baby carrots, each carrot cut into 3’s 2…

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Whipping cream disaster

So every now and then I run up against a cooking challenge that leaves me helpless. Over the weekend I had this amazing shower for my very dear friend and I planned on making a white cake with raspberry filling and a chantilly cream frosting. In my head it was beautiful, but in reality it was the ugliest cake I have ever made, seriously. So…

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Peaches for my 3 year old

Yesterday at the grocery store the first batch of peaches showed up in the bins. It’s a summer miracle! I found myself talking to the produce guy and going on an on about how excited I was about peaches coming into season. I then caught myself and thought, “this guy doesn’t care at all, stop talking, move on”.

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Empty Refrigerator

My refrigerator always seems empty of food. With two kids, a husband, a dog and myself I never seem to buy enough. There is always a half eaten apple, opened container of yogurt, 3 eggs, and then a few more odds and ends left. And as a chef I feel like I should be coming up with a meal that’s a masterpiece. The truth is…

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Farmers Market Tips

A farmers market can be a great place to buy food, but it can be troublesome if you don’t know what to buy, or if you buy too much. Time and time again I have walked into kitchens only to see formerly beautiful whole foods rotting in bowls, drawers, and bags. Be a conscious consumer while shopping for food, especially at the farmer’s market, and…

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Sweet-Bliss

Bacon in Sweets

  LOS ANGELES, Bacon is all the craze. With football season in full swing, it’s time to bring bacon—and bacon flavor — to your next tailgating party. After all, who doesn’t love bacon?Tailgating is a time-honored tradition. Menus typically include hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, and tons of other convenience foods. Even though most fans have their tried and true favorites there is always room for one…

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Fall grilling

Best vegetables for fall grilling LOS ANGELES, September 17, 2012 — The end of summer is here and although a chill may be creeping into the air, there’s still time to grill.  Here are the top 10 vegetables to cook on the grill for fall: 1. Belgium Endive- This delicate lettuce is simple to cook. Slice it in half, lightly gloss the cut side with canola oil…

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Roasted pumpkin

Roasting Pumpkins

This “how to” is for small to medium sized baking pumpkins also known as pie pumpkins. These are smaller than decorative pumpkins and easier to handle and cut. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and using a large chef knife cut off the stem and the bottom of the pumpkin. Slice the pumpkin in half running from where the stem, use to be to…

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