Mix up the classic Crème brûlée by infusing it with coffee, vanilla, and cardamom.
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Missing Italy and a recipe for Mocha-Orange Granita with whipped cream and crumbly cookies.
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I’m, like, totally a child of the 80s.
For proof, look no futher than my first shoe purchase — a pair of pink jellies – and my first concert — the Los Angeles stop of the Bad world tour. Oh, the fact I was all but addicted to Jello-O pudding pops. My parents actually wouldn’t keep them in the house so I would save up allowance to buy them on the hush-hush down at the local cornerstore. But, I grew out of that habit and hadn’t thought of them for years until Kristen of Dine & Dish mentioned this book a few weeks ago. And then I had a craving. I mean, one of those cravings that won’t quit. No amount of chocolate ice cream, gelato, or yogurt could quell it — it had to be a pudding pop.
But the pudding pop is all but extinct and, even if it were around, I’d shy away from it because it was likely made with scary stabilizers and fake sweeteners. And no amount of cajoling from Bill Crosby could convince me otherwise. So, I came up with a healthier, more adult take, my Grown-Up Pudding Pops. They’re fudge-y and chocolatey like the classic, but I made them more refined by adding espresso, cocoa nibs, toasted coconut for a more darker chocolate flavor and some crunchy texture. But don’t think that means I’m giving up the jellies and my OG Bad jacket. No, it may be 2011, but I’m still an 80s baby through and through.
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I simply cannot believe that all 31 days of May have come and gone. Did someone cut the month short? Because it seems like I was just writing last month’s mood board. Mental time lapse aside, the end of the month is upon us and as such I give you my May mood board. This month I logged lots of family time – including Mother’s Day and a family trip for my Dad’s 70th birthday – a fair amount of r&d (revelry and dining), and enough food adventures to skewer on a stick. Here are my favorites:
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This March I embraced the whole Spring renewal theme with with lots of new things: tunes, gardening skills, travel, design and, as always, plenty of food-related fodder.
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I’m in constant search for food adventures and I’ve definitely got a thing for mail order, so I recently headed to Ann Arbor for a Michigan football game, I was insistent we stop by Zingermans. If you’ve never hear of it, Zingerman is like a 30-year old brick-and-mortar version of my show, foodCrafters. Ravished from…
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I skipped lunch in prep but it did no good, as I still only managed to eat my way through a fraction of the LA Street Food Fest. With sodas, beer, alcohol, and plenty of sweet and savory snacks, it was like an adult take on school carnival, but with much more worthy food. It was the second go for the LA Street Food Fest and it was an all-around good time with not just food, and drink, but also shopping, silkscreening, and street dancing keeping it lively. The San Franciscan in me would’ve liked compost bins for the excess food and the Type A in me would’ve like better crowd control, as even during the VIP portion the lines were long, but I looked past that as I found good food everywhere I turned. Here are my tops picks:
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When is a coincidence no longer a coincidence? We’ve been traveling everywhere to showcase some seriously interesting people and products for the soon-to-launch Cooking Channel show, Foodcrafters; yet, no matter where we are, there’s one little magazine that keeps popping up: the local edition of the edible Publications.
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I miss my bed. It’s been a few weeks now that I’ve been ping-ponging from city to city for work and it’s starting to wear on me. Fortunately, in my line of work there’s a lot of fun mixed in with business and it usually comes in the form of tasty food. Last week was an exhausting, whirlwind week with back-to-back meetings, lots of face time to be had, and, as if that weren’t enough, it culminated in my dear friend’s wedding. Despite, I made sure to make time for some good food. Here are the New York highlights:
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I’m writing this post from 36,000 feet in the air as I’m flying back west after a few weeks of travel and I’m on a wifi-equipped plane. You gotta love that in this day and age, I can write, research, and post from the comfort of seat 33C.
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