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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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 – …

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 …