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Food in the News: 8/21–8/27
7 years ago

Food in the News: 8/21–8/27

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It has been a busy week for me, starting to promote my upcoming Sriracha cookbook via Twitter (@SrirachaBook), and getting more and more serious with my second book, the details …
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Vote for my Anthony Bourdain Essay: “Opposable Thumbs Up”

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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! Er, your eyes, rather. And a few moments of your time. Anthony Bourdain is sponsoring a writing contest, which I felt quite compelled …
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Food In The News: 8/14 – 8/20
7 years ago

Food In The News: 8/14 – 8/20

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So, this may just be the answer to my less-than-frequent blog posts. I read an awful lot of articles about food, whether stumbling on them organically, or finding them via …
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KCRW Good Food: Raw Blueberry Pie
7 years ago

KCRW Good Food: Raw Blueberry Pie

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Listening to Good Food on KCRW is something I look forward to every Saturday morning. Host Evan Kleiman (who also plays double duty as chef at the delectable Angeli Caffe) …
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The Sriracha Cookbook — Landing January 2011!
7 years ago

The Sriracha Cookbook — Landing January 2011!

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Well, it’s official! My first cookbook is on its way! Although it won’t be available until January 2011, The Sriracha Cookbook: 50 “Rooster Sauce” Recipes that Pack a Punch is …
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“Grill It! With Bobby Flay” Video Results
7 years ago

“Grill It! With Bobby Flay” Video Results

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The results from my Bobby Flay video tryout are in! …And I wasn’t chosen this time, sadly.

But, I wanted to sincerely thank you all for the unexpected and overwhelming …
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French Country Boule Recipe
8 years ago

French Country Boule Recipe

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French Country Boule & Rosemary Potato Focaccia

French Country Boule & Rosemary Potato Focaccia

I’ve been writing and working up a storm this week, and sadly haven’t had time to share pics and recipes of the bread I baked for my buddy Dean’s birthday. He’d been harassing me for bread for years, and I finally caved in. (You’d think a guy with a license plate frame that says “I’d Rather Be Baking Bread” wouldn’t take so damn long to throw a loaf or two in the oven for a friend!)

His questions to me online were:

  1. Are you coming to my birthday party?
  2. Are you bringing bread?

Suffice it to say that I needed to get my ass in the kitchen. I decided to bake two different breads, not sure exactly what he wanted and not wanting to ruin the surprise, since I told him that I didn’t have time to make any bread, even though I’d already made the starters a few hours before he’d asked. (I know. Slick, right?) Read More

Eat Your Beet Greens: Recipe
8 years ago

Eat Your Beet Greens: Recipe

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Organic Beets at the Farmers Market

Organic Beets at the Farmers Market

Although I’ve long been a fan of roasting beets (not to mention pickling them), after disposing of the beet greens several times, I thought it quite wasteful and set out to make a side dish with them. I soon found that I almost enjoyed the beet tops more than the beets themselves, and I’ve never tossed them out since.

While the beetroots are certainly a healthy choice, packing quite a dose of folate, vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and fiber, the beet greens are an excellent source of iron, and provide a good serving of vitamins A, B, C, and K.

The deep violet-red betalain pigments from the beetroot and the beet stems have been shown to have high antioxidant properties and are being heavily researched in the prevention of cancers. The beet greens are a rich source of green chlorophyll which has been shown as an effective in the prevention and treatment of liver, skin, and colon cancer.

Besides all that, they’re damn delicious, and as such, it only makes sense to eat them. Plus, they’re easy to prepare and you’re not paying extra for them, so STFU and cook them already. Oh, right, you probably want a recipe… Read More

Beeramisu Recipe: Beer + Tiramisu = Beeramisu
8 years ago

Beeramisu Recipe: Beer + Tiramisu = Beeramisu

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Beeramisu -- My kind of dessert

Beeramisu — My kind of dessert

I believe it was the great Archimedes that famously postulated Beer + Tiramisu = Beeramisu, thenceforth enlightening the masses to the goodness of desserts made with beer. Some historians contend with this belief, arguing that beeramisu was nothing short of divine creation, citing an obscure heretical version of the Bible which reads, “And on the seventh day, He rested… and ate some wicked awesome beeramisu.”

The fact is — the exact origins of beeramisu are unknown and shrouded in mystery. OK, so it probably didn’t derive from some mathematical theorem or antediluvian Biblical verse, but it certainly is no original creation of mine. It was Paul Barbano’s The Bartenders Beer Cookbook that originally turned me onto the idea years ago. Armed with this inspiration, I’ve ventured to make my own on many occasions, tweaking the recipe ever so slightly and testing out different craft beers to find my favorite version.

About two months ago, I was asked to host a beer and dessert pairing for the first-ever LA Beer Week. I was happy to oblige, and I immediately set out to concoct the best damn beeramisu recipe I possibly could. Having experimented with porters and bocks in the past, I wanted to try an even darker beer, perhaps one brewed with coffee beans for extra depth. There it was. The little light bulb in my brain had a flicker of rare genius — AleSmith Speedway Stout. Rich with flavors of roasted chocolate and coffee, it proved an excellent complement to the espresso and cocoa powder called for in my adapted recipe.

As an added bonus, you’ll have a good few glasses of beer to wash it down with. Why not have your cake and drink it too? Read More

Featured Beer Tweeter: DrinkWithTheWench.com
8 years ago

Featured Beer Tweeter: DrinkWithTheWench.com

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The Beer Wench was kind enough to highlight me as a Featured Beer Tweeter on her website this past Saturday.

Beer bloggers are not the only people using social media …
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