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Butternut Squash Soup – two ways

1. The lazy, five-minute-but-still-decently-tasty, way

2. The no-shortcut, local, organic, <insert buzz word here>, tastier way

9 times out of 10, I’m in the second camp. Today, though, I’m opting for the shortcut because I found a premade soup that I actually find edible. I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s, especially for people that […]

The "new project" 15

Knock knock. Are you still there?

Just checking.

It’s been a while, a long while, since I’ve actually posted anything. But, lo-and-behold, I am still alive and kicking, er, eating.

I just started a new project in LA, not too far from my alma mater. The downtown hotel I am now staying at is less […]

Don’t pull hair, make Pulled Pork

Blame it on the Type A personality in me. You’d think I’d actually enjoy a couple of days of “working from home” and not doing anything. Instead, I’m anxious to get on a project and really prove myself and learn lots of new things. I spent the latter portion of last week really pulling my […]

Alinea wrapup

I’d wish I had several more Alinea posts, though perhaps you patient readers are tired of them, only because it would mean that I could relive the meal a little longer. Alas, all great things must come to an end…

18. SWEETBREAD – cauliflower, burnt bread, toasted hayAnd here came the second large dish of […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprises

These chocolate peanut butter cookies are definite crowd pleasers for anyone that likes chocolate and peanut butter. An innocent looking chocolate cookie that surprises any unsuspecting cookie monster with a hidden peanut butter center that is remisicent of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I left some out in the kitchen, knowing full well the roommate […]

Two forks please?

Satura Cakes is a Japanese/French bakery in Palo Alto that I’ve heard SO much about from VMware co-workers. I finally ventured over there during lunch today and walked into the most heavenly smelling store. My thoughts went something like this…

“Oooh, tiramisu, yum…oh wait, strawberry shortcake! No, I want the mango parfait, wait, no the […]

Beef and Broccoli (Romanesco)

Sadly, my Year of the Pig/Boar has come to an end…however, Happy Lunar New Year!

And what perfect timing. I have a mildly Chinese recipe to post, and what better time to post than Chinese New Year.

Three days before the Superbowl party and I am frantically trying to cook everything in my fridge […]


While the rest of the sports fans world celebrates/tries to forget the upset on Sunday, I still have two sinks full of dishes (down from about five) remaining at home…perhaps a sign of a successful party? The second annual Super Sunday was a tremendous success. We had about 45 people pass through during the game, […]

Warm Scallops and Tatsoi "Salad" with Mustard Vinegarette

Tatsoi, also known as spinach mustard, spoon cabbage or Chinese flat cabbage, has dark green, oval leaves, with a lighter-tinged stem. It looks a bit similiar to baby Bok Choy (no surprise, it’s also in the same family as bok choy, mizuna, and rapini), but it looks much more full and lush. It’s often […]