Giveaway: CRC Press Molecular Cuisine Kit and Book

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Explains the science behind the techniques used
Includes measuring spoons, pipettes, silicon molds, tubing, syringe, and slotted spoon – all the components needed to create the recipes at home
Covers techniques for spherification, emulsion, soft, elastic, and brittle gels, and mousse
Contains a conversion table for measurements

It’s about taste, texture, mouthfeel, and, most importantly, satisfaction. Called “the science . . .

Designing our Kitchen


When we bought this house, I knew immediately that the kitchen wasn’t going to work for us and that priority #1 would be to remodel the space into something a little more lounge-y, flow-y and useful. Typical kitchen spaces aren’t really designed well – that whole kitchen triangle thing, while great for workflow, doesn’t take into account how people use …

Giveaway: Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse



You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy slow-smoked barbecue at your next cookout.  With the Electric Smokehouse by Masterbuilt, even you can impress your friends with mouth-watering barbecue.  The NEW Remote Control along with thermostat controlled temperature and cooking timer allows for even, consistent cooking for award-worthy results without fear of overcooking.   The . . .

Giveaway: $100 Initials Inc. Gift Card


Today we are giving away a $100 Initials Inc. gift card. You have got to take a look at their simply social collection. Simply gorgeous!$100 Initials Inc. Gift Card GiveawayIncluded in the giveaway:one $100 Initials Inc. Gift CardFrom Initials Inc.:Initials, Inc. is a national home party plan company that specializes in all things personalized…and personalization . . .

Grilled Fish with Citrus Herb Crust

Grilled Fish with Citrus Herb Crust Recipe - final photo

Last week my kitchen got more action than I think it’s ever gotten in its life. The previous owners weren’t big cooks and since we’ve moved in, cooking has mostly been at our outdoor kitchen by the pool. Last week’s occasion was a 5-day visit from Adam and Joanne, a couple who cooks, blogs, commutes and works together. Now, that’s a …

Giveaway: Crosby & Taylor Fleur De Lys Measuring Spoons


  Crosby & Taylor Fleur De Lys Measuring Spoon Giveaway This giveaway includes:One Fleur De Lys Measuring Spoons with Pewter Display Post (A $79 value!)From Crosby & Taylor:The Fleur de Lys is a classic design recognized all over the world as a symbol of the French monarch. Fittingly, these Fleur de Lys pewter spoons are the most . . .

Giveaway: Spice Islands Spice Set


Spice Islands Spice Set Giveaway:Smoked PaprikaWhole NutmegBay LeavesSpicy Steak SeasoningCinnamonGround chipotle ChileSnipped ChivesPure Vanilla ExtractWasabiBeau Monde SeasoningOrganic Dill WeedLouisiana Style Cajun SeasoningThai SeasoningCrystallized GingerGreek SeasoningGiveaway sponsored by Spice Islands.

Shoko’s Sesame Chicken Salad

Summer Sesame Chicken Salad

A wonderful friend has just come out with her second book and I’m thrilled to be able to share one of the recipes with you. I first met Deb Samuels via email as we shared the same publisher, Tuttle Publishing. We finally got a chance to meet in person and shared a lobster dinner in Boston, which quite frankly, has …