December 2009

Kick-Ass Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

December 31, 2009

When I was little, I used to spend every holiday with my grandparents. While they always hosted Christmas, on New Years Day we would usually go to a party held at the house of a family friend. I remember this tradition fondly and about 10 years ago, decided to recreate it, inviting friends over for a […]

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Restaurants in Rome; La Tavernetta

December 29, 2009

  The last restaurant I’d like to feature from my trip to Rome is a place called La Tavernetta. It’s on a tiny back street near the frenetic, touristy area surrounding the Pantheon. The street is not much more than an alley with almost no traffic; it’s surprisingly quiet for being so close to the center. […]

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Spicy Long Beans with Cashews

December 28, 2009

  I’m back! I know I’ve been gone longer than usual and I’m sorry for that, but the past few weeks have been difficult and busy to say the least. Without going into too much detail, I’ve spent some time focusing on my other web site, created a 116 page blurb book (which had to […]

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Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel and Fleur de Sel Praline

December 7, 2009

Every Thanksgiving I make two desserts. One is always a pumpkin mousse pie and the other is usually something chocolate. This year I really wanted a show-stopper and decided I wanted a chocolate cake which had salted caramel in it in some way.  The original recipe came from Bon Appetit and can be found here, but I made […]

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