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World Class Chocolate in San Diego?

Eclipse Truffle

San Diego is known for many things. Beautiful weather and beautiful people? Yes. Beaches, great fish tacos, and palm trees? There’s plenty! Handmade artisan chocolate? Hmmmm.

Chocolate just isn’t something that come to mind when you think of California’s southernmost city. But Will Gustwiller, owner of Eclipse Chocolat, is on his way to changing that. Continue reading →

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The Minimalist Blogs

Although my Google Reader is bursting at the seams, I just subscribed to Mark Bittman’s new blog at The New York Times. It’s called Bitten. Cute, huh? I’m not a Bittman groupie, sometimes I like him, sometimes I don’t. But I generally enjoy his simple approach to food and I try to check out his weekly column from time to time (remember that wonderful Tomato Paella?). But now that he’s blogging, I think I’ll be paying closer attention. From what I’ve seen so far, the blog is informal, interactive and full of good information and recipes. It definitely meets my basic criteria for a worthy food blog.

I loved his recent post about why he refuses to buy vinaigrette.

On another note, I’ve really been enjoying Bittman’s latest cookbook, How To Cook Everything Vegetarian. The book is a great resource for anyone, vegetarian or not, who is interested in incorporating more vegetables and whole grains into their diet. But it’s not a book about health food. It’s filled with every meat-free recipe you can imagine. And it’s a huge book. I think it’s well worth the 2o bucks or so you’ll pay for it on Amazon. Don’t believe me? Go read Heidi’s review of the book on 101 Cookbooks.

So, go check out Bitten if you’re ready for a daily dose of Bittman. And if you’re ready for a great new cookbook (who isn’t?), pick up a copy of How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Good Food.

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Low Carb Muffins? An Egg-xcellent idea!


Chicken, Goat Cheese, and Black Olive Muffins. Sounds good, right? What if I told you they were also wheat-free, gluten-free, and low carb? Would you still be interested?

You guys know that I’m not a low-carber but that doesn’t mean that I shy away from low-carb recipes. When it comes to food blogs, I don’t discriminate! One of my favorite food blogs is Kalyn’s Kitchen and the majority of her recipes are South Beach Diet friendly. I don’t follow the South Beach Diet but I love Kalyn’s recipes because they are both healthy and delicious with an emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods. Continue reading →

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Patricia’s Lime Sugar Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Do you remember the giant lemon sugar cookie recipe that I posted in August? You might not have even noticed it because the recipe was just kind of stuck at the bottom of my Lemon Tips and Tricks post. Well I really should have dedicated an entire post to those cookies because they were really amazing! Luckily, Patricia, of the wonderful Brazilian food blog Technicolor Kitchen, did it for me! But Patricia added an exciting new twist and turned them into Lime Sugar Cookies! Continue reading →

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Hot Pocket Humor

Reason #204 why I love my Google reader:
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Jim Gaffigan, found on Make and Takes Continue reading →

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Want to Learn Food Photography?

Food Photography LogoI am so excited to announce that Curt of Bucky’s Barbecue and Bread and Nika of Nika’s Culinaria have collaborated to create an online food photography course called Food Photo 101.

The course objective is to guide interested budding food photographers through the technical and creative barriers they may be experiencing with their Point and Shoot or DSLR cameras. In other words, this course will help you learn how to take better food photos with whatever camera you are currently using! Continue reading →

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Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Other Fall Flavors

Ice Cream Cones

I guess it’s a good thing that we’re moving to California in a month because I need to get back to San Francisco as soon as possible in order to try this Salted Caramel Ice Cream! Here I was this morning, minding my own business and quietly wandering through my favorite food sites, when all of a sudden my senses were assaulted by first a photo, then a video, of what could possibly be my favorite ice cream flavor ever! Sweet, salty, caramel-y. I can’t wait. Continue reading →

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Comfort Foods

Banana Pancakes

So many of our memories are forever entangled with the aromas and tastes of special dishes and special meals. We call them comfort foods but we all know that it’s not the food itself that comforts, but rather the memories that are triggered when the kitchen fills with the scent of baking bread, simmering spaghetti sauce, bubbling casseroles, fried chicken, sizzling bacon, or pancakes on the griddle. Continue reading →

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