THANKSGIVING LEFT-OVERS ROLLED UP

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ยจ I got the idea from my interview with The Washington Post (see clip on right side). I had fun up there making crepes for a stroy on MH which ran a week ago Weds and justifiably needed a Thanksgiving angle. The reporter Bonnie had a great idea to make the crepes and use them… View Article

THE T-GIVING BIRD

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http://www.youtube.com/get_player I am having a blast preparing the turkey. Weber-grilling is the path I take in order to keep the ovens free for everything else. Above shows the grill prep and then–a 360 of the beauty while cooking. Recipe in Mad Hungry. Happy Thanksgiving all.
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TAG TEAMING

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For those that have at least one able bodied moderately semi-adult human in their house, it is good to cultivate the tag teaming approach (as I’ve been saying in my cross country raps). Case in point here. I took some ribs out of the freezer and suggested (asked) first born son who was home to… View Article
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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

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Practically the first thing I did when I got home Saturday night was make dinner. Headed for a basic tomato sauce with spaghetti, I ended up with Amatraciana (just red onion, bacon, hot pepper and tomatoes). The recipe is in http://www.amazon.com/Lucindas-Rustic-Italian-Kitchen-Lucinda/dp/0471793817. And, thanks to hubs excellent shopping which he did before heading out on a… View Article
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ONLY IN SEATTLE

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Coffee happy hour is a good idea. Leave it to Seattle to have it. And, since it happens in the crumpet shop near Pike Place market it’s impossible to pass up. Crumpets with tart gooseberry jam. One of the things you notice about Washington state immediately, food-wise is all the fruit; berries and apples and… View Article
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LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO

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http://www.youtube.com/get_playerhttp://www.youtube.com/get_playerk I’m always asked what my favorite recipe is in Mad Hungry which is a little like asking which is my favorite son: IMPOSSIBLE. And, been musing on all these cities we’ve been visiting too–so far which is my favorite? UNFAIR CAUSE ALL HAVE SOMETHING. But, truth be told, I’d move to San Francisco in… View Article
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LA LA L.A.

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Ok, first things first. Lets get the Thomas Keller Bouchon Beverly Hills opening out of the way. One free night in L.A and we went there. Red carpet, celebrities, photog’s galore etc. but it’d be way too L.A. to name them all. What I do care about is the kitchen, the legendary efficiency etc, all… View Article

LA LUNCH

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After a great morning interview at L.A.’s NPR show Good Food with Evan Kleinman (such a smart interviewer) we headed down to Irvine for another TV taping. Fortunately my straight up L.A, breakfast of a greenfood smoothie left me hankering for lunch and we had plenty of time to do so. So while D.C. is… View Article
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PRE WORK LA

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Bad picture but really good meal. Once again, have landed in a city which I haven’t spent much time in so I’m genuinely excited. From the airport straight to dinner at Osteria Mozza, Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton’s Italian restaurant and next door pizzaria, www.mozza-LA.COM. We sat sat at the mozzarella bar, beautiful white marble,… View Article
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A DAY IN D.C.

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I’m not gonnna lie, going to the White House for the first time was a bit of a thrill–hence the cheezy cell phone pic. In all my travels, I’ve missed D.C. so we had a lot to cover in our few free hours. The usual local morning shows all had an edge, with a tinge… View Article
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PHILLY PA & GAINESVILLE VA

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We are definitely packing in as much culture and wondering as possible as we wind our way through the cities of the MH book tour. So, here’s one cool thing I learned. Everyone always assumes we named our first born son after the artist, Alexander Calder, best known for inventing the modern art mobile but,… View Article

PHILLY SANDWICH DUEL

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Loving the vibe of historic Philadelphia but more on that later. After recording the Chef’s Table on NPR, I mentioned to the host that I was headed to Jim’s for a real Philly Cheesesteak to which she strongly admonished me to reconsider. Hers is a mission to recrown Philly with another sandwich, her favorite, a… View Article

FAUX APPLE PIE

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I was really headed toward an old fashioned apple pie. The apple varieties in the farmers markets are peaking right now so I purchased a combo of sweet and tart apples (love the Black Twig). Plans had it for dessert Saturday after butternut squash risotto, roast pork loin and green salad but I pooped out… View Article
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CURRIED CHICKEN AND A VEGE VERSION TOO

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pics rephotographed from Quentin BaconMy friend Jimmy called earlier asking for a Jamaican curry chicken recipe which sent me to my second book pictured here. It also reminded me of this great vegetarian pumpkin curry recipe which I use to make all the time. This is the time of the year in these parts of… View Article
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FRIDAY NIGHT

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One thing about Dayton, Ohio: I met Tricia who has a great blog http://onceamonthmom.com/. It’s new to me but I love it. Today she ran a cookbook giveaway for MH and, after reading the comments left, I am all the more focused on the mission of this book. After many travels, signings, interviews etc–it’s easy… View Article
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CINCI/DAYTON

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Great to visit Midwestern Culinary academy, meet cool anchor Tanya O’Rourke at The Scripp’s affiliate and visit with Rob and Sheila at Fox this am. Michaels in Dayton, thanks for the cocktail signing (always a good thing: cocktails at a book signing) and Books & Co, pictured above did the best in store promotion for… View Article

WENT BACK TO OHIO

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Arrived in Cincinnati with a couple rare hours to spare which meant my traveling companion AKA all around explorer took us to the Art Museum which was closed so we ended up at the Serpentine wall along the Ohio river. See, I wear clogs for cooking–not for walking or pseudo-hiking yet he had us on… View Article
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PORTER HOUSE NYC

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Date with hubby at fav steak restaurant in the neighb: Porterhouse at the Time Warner center. Started with the most perfect martini’s. I had Lamb chops, he had Rib-eye but the thing that always slays me (besides the martini) is the onions rings: buttermilk, fried–THE best in NYC. And, the creamed spinach is essence of…. View Article
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THE PIG IS HERE

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Here’s the thing as many of you know–if you start with kick ass ingredients there is not much to be done. Just show some restraint, pick a few flavors to add and get the heck out of the way. About 6 months ago, a friend who raises pigs, brought us some pork chops from the… View Article