Warm Fig, Apple and Gorgonzola Flatbread

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Update 12/8/09 I’m thrilled to share that I’m a featured blogger for Oprah’s Holiday 2009 where this recipe is being featured! *** While I love to make my own pizza or flatbread dough from scratch, sometimes I just don’t feel like getting my hands all messy with dough. I cheat a lot and buy packaged flatbreads from the supermarket and …

Lamb Chops with Curried Pears

See shot-by-shot commentary of photos that led up to the money shot. Rock Star Chef Kerry Simon A couple of weeks ago during a trip to Los Angeles, I bumped into rock star chef Kerry Simon at every kitchen fanatic’s dream bookstore, The Cook’s Library. What elevates Kerry to rock star status? Well, how about the fact that Rolling Stone …

Chinese Chicken Salad

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(click on photo for shot-by-shot food styling and photography analysis of some of the photos that led up to the “money shot”) Chinese restaurants in China don’t really have Chinese Chicken Salad on their menus, it’s a creation of Chinese-American restaurants! According to Cecilia Chiang, author of The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco(one of my …

Need Food Fluffer Desperately!

I’m working on a photograph for the cookbook, Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate Coconut Rum Sauce. And thought I would take a photo of me holding the skewers for the cookbook. It didn’t quite work out, but come take a look at the little video…

Another one bites the dust…

Instead of showing you some the of photos that are going into the book, I thought I’d show you one that isn’t. This is a photo of Indonesian Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce. I do looooove the photo, however, I’ll have to re-shoot…

Long Life Fertility Noodles with Happy Shrimp

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Note: this was written for the lovely wedding issue for the Tampa Tribune *** The Chinese culture is filled with food traditions and symbolisms, so much in fact that I could never keep up and remember them all. During the entire 6 days surrounding my wedding, I deferred to my mother to tell me what to eat to please the …

Potatoes Anna with Cinnamon and Coriander

from my Tampa Tribune column I’m sure that a vow to eat healthfully was at the top of most New Year’s resolutions lists. Sigh. It certainly was on mine, but I’ve been doing a lousy job of fulfilling my goal of losing 15 pounds. I even made it super-easy by limiting myself to just ONE resolution. I typed in my …

My ghetto photo studio

My cookbook editor, Holly, is flying down to Florida and spending the entire day/eve with me tomorrow! I”m really looking forward to meeting her in person, since we’ve been working closely together for the past few months…

Green Beans with Garam Masala Butter and Toasted Hazelnuts

I’ve been on an Indian food kick lately, as a friend of mine sent me a goody box full of Indian ingredients to experiment with. I’m new to the cuisine, intimidated by the long list of unfamiliar spices in recipes. How do I pronounce badi elaichi or hara dhaniya without sounding as if I’ve slammed five shots of tequila for …

Sparkling Ginger Lime & Mint Cooler

These are fabulous recipes from Modern Indian cookbook , written by my new friend and famous chef, Hari Nayak. If you are new to Indian cooking, this is absolutely the perfect book to start with. The recipes are simple, elegant and uses ingredients you can find in most supermarkets. Sparkling Ginger Lime Cooler serves 6 1 (3-inch) piece peeled fresh …

How this food adventure all started…

o, you curious about how I started teaching cooking classes? It wasn’t that long ago, 3 years ago to be exact. While this published in my weekly food column in Tampa Tribune, I wanted to share the column with you guys here on the blog as well. The point of sharing how I started is because…