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Vegan Zucchini Scones

Vegan Zucchini Scones

Don’t let the “vegan” in the title turn you off because these savory scones are mighty tasty, thanks to some caramelized onions and powdered shiitake mushrooms in the dough. Head over to PBS Food this week to check out my secrets for making a dairy-free scone that’s moist and fluffy on the inside and crisp…

Smoked trout and buckwheat rolls

Smoked trout and buckwheat rolls

On the way to the Union Square farmers market yesterday I was met with a downpour of torrential rain. Rather than wait in the steamy subway station I decided to make a run for the Barnes & Noble at the north end of the square. By the time I made it across the street to…

Wallpaper Wednesday: Plaça Sant Josep, Barcelona

Wallpaper Wednesday: Plaça Sant Josep, Barcelona

No camera tricks here, this building is actually shaped like this. Plaça Sant Josep, in Barcelona, Spain. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

Weekday Winery Hopping

Weekday Winery Hopping

Whether it’s booking the flight, or planning my itinerary, I like to be spontaneous about my travel plans. Sure, I’ll do some basic research before the trip, but planning out every minute detail is akin to watching all the trailers for the latest Michael Bay flick before heading to the theater, or reading CliffsNotes for…

Bon Appétit Holiday Bake-Off

Bon Appétit Holiday Bake-Off

Click here to read part 1 of this post Showing up at the Conde-Nast headquarters in Times Square, I was immediately struck by the array of food bloggers gathered together in Bon Appetit’s test kitchen. There were familiar faces like @sassyradish, @jenniferperillo, and @homesicktexan and some less familiar faces like @thehungrymouse from Boston, and @SavorySweetLife,…

No Recipes vol. 7 (christmas edition)

No Recipes vol. 7 (christmas edition)

My mom has the misfortune of having her birthday fall on Christmas day. While it’s not much fun for her (one year we even resolved to moving her birthday to June), this is particularly fortuitous for me since I only need to make one trip back to celebrate both occasions. Despite my dislike for cooking…

Cherry blossom rice

Cherry blossom rice

Normally I don’t post about packaged things I make, but this was just so unique, I couldn’t resist. It’s rice that’s cooked in a broth make with cherry leaves and blossoms. Then when it’s done, you sprinkle some salted cherry blossoms on top. It’s a very spring thing to eat in Japan and I found…

Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Chocolate Pudding Recipe

I’m not really much of a chocolate guy. At restaurants, when it comes time for dessert I’ll almost always opt for the fruit option. I am human though, and I do get an occasional chocolate craving. Perhaps it’s my body protesting all the times I’ve turned down the chocolate choice, but when the urge hits,…

SVS: Slow Cooked Eggs

SVS: Slow Cooked Eggs

If you’ve never had one before, slow cooking an egg creates something magical from a mundane egg. It’s cooked in its shell, much like a boiled egg but that’s about where the similarities end. When you crack it open, it slips out with a white that has the texture of a thin custard and a…

Pillsbury Bake-Off… The Winner is…

Pillsbury Bake-Off… The Winner is…

For those of you that follow me on Twitter, you probably saw a flurry of tweets over the weekend with the hashtag #PBO. If you couldn’t guess from all the drama, suspense and twittering, I was in Orlando Florida attending the Pillsbury Bake-Off. Upon arrival, I was pleased to see many familiar faces including Jaden,…