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Saffron

Saffron comes from the stigma of the saffron crocus. It’s no wonder that saffron’s considered one of the most expensive spices: according to Mr. Harold McGee, it takes over 70,000 flowers and about 200 hours of labor to produce only 1 pound of dried saffron. The best saffron is bright red, and not yellow. It’s wonderful for adding a signature …

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Best Birthday Cakes Ever

David Lebovitz, Deb Perelman and I shot this GoodBite.com video about Birthday Cakes to Die For last month, and I think I’m going change the title to Birthday Cakes to Live For because that’s the point of a birthday, isn’t it?! And it just so happens that my birthday is tomorrow, and if I could have just one silly birthday …

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Chanterelle, Bacon and Plum Salad with Blue Cheese

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It’s week 2 of the Summer Fest! Last week we played around with herbs and this week it’s time for fruit from trees. If you haven’t yet heard about Summer Fest, it’s a four-week celebration of fresh-from-the-garden food: recipes, growing tips, even tricks for storing and preserving summer’s best with my co-hosts White on Rice, Away to Garden and Matt …

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Sparkling Sake + $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Is there nothing better than me bribing you to learn about Artisan Japanese Sake?! My client, Vine Connections is an importer and distributor of sake…and by now I hope you’ve learned that not all Japanese sake is created equal. That hot, cheap stuff that you might have tried at a Japanese restaurant is crap. It burns like lighter fluid down …

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Spooning the Ladies of BlogHer

Last week, I went to BlogHer Conference in Chicago with only one lens, my 50mm 1.4, a lens that is great if you’re standing 24 inches from a plate of food that you’re photographing, or a portrait shot if you’re standing a few feet away. It’s a fixed-focal lens which means, if you want to zoom in and out – …

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Winners of Signed Martin Yan Cookbooks

Hello guys! It’s a gorgeous Saturday morning and I’m off to go do stuff with the family. Like go to the new, massive Ikea mega-store in town. This trip will be a fight, I know. Because last time we went, I told the kids that Ikea was an amusement park. Which isn’t too far from the truth. Because there’s a …