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Bay Area Cooking Mon Aug 14 2017 22:11:07 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- In the first days after coming home from the hospital with Oliver, we got a few care packages from friends and neighbors. One was a box from my friend Anne in San Francisco with a handful of sweet little baby things and a batch of homemade breakfast
Gary and I are in London for a month enjoying the international restaurants, food,stalls, street markets, and famed eating spots, but what we really like (some of the time) is coming home to our apartment rental and cooking dinner.The stores and supe
We are giving anotheroneHP 14-Inch Notebook featuring AMD E2-7110 QC, 4GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC Hard Drive, Windows 10 Home 64 (14-AN013NR ). Congrats to Evelyn Akins for winning the last HP Notebook! This laptop is rated 4.1 stars out of 5 (out of 434 cus
The last time we were campingon Orcas Island, I was almost 7 months pregnant and we shared a shaded campsite with two other couples and their kids. I made banana bread and recall hoarding it from the kids (and, really, everyone); Sam and I snuck into
Painted on the closed gate of a venerable bakery in San Francisco's Chinatown, this is the first of what I hope will be a series of food-related signage photographs featured on Blog Appetit. These food signs have always fascinated me and I look forwa
You’ll learn how to make low-carb, healthy, Paleo-friendly, Cauliflower Fried “Rice” recipe with your choice of sauce: Garlicky Chili Sauce or Lemon Soy Sauce. The “rice” is actually finely chopped ca
Come July you can (too) often find me at the nursery stocking up on plants, cursing myself for not getting out into the yard sooner. Last year I texted my mom a photo of all the annuals I bought in late July and she gently reminded me they’
Pepper jelly makes these more of an appetizer than a dessert.Purim has many food traditions associated with it.  Among them is the custom of giving friends and relatives a gift basket of food known as mishloach manot.  The giver is
Congrats to Dennis Westrick (DENNIS! Check your email...I haven't heard back from you!) for winning our last ASUS Chromebook giveaway! By popular demand, we're giving away another Chromebook. -jaden ASUS Chromebook C201 Live Your Mobility in Comfort
I’ve been in the slow process of cleaning out my home office this week, and yesterday I stumbled upon some notebooks containing previous year’s Summer Bucket Lists (if you may recall, I used to write sort of elaborate lists of thi
After 3 weeks of testing, this is a Steakager Review, including PROs and CONs. Can you make high-end steakhouse-quality dry aged steaks, right in your own refrigerator, at a fraction of the cost? Steakager Review There are only 2 prime steakhouses, i
I’m leaving town on a red eye tonight to go to my little sister’s bridal shower outside of Boston. I’ve got my scarf-that-doubles-as-a-blanket all packed and am debating buying one of those neck pillows at the airport. M
Can this $99 gadget transform any can or bottle of beer into fresh tasting, creamy and foamy draft quality beer? This is a review of Fizzics Waytap Beer System, including both PROs and CONs. Fizzics Waytap Beer System Review The Fizzics machine uses
Years ago, whenI was still living in the Bay Area and dating Sam, I had a phone call with a literary agent (who is now my literary agent) about writing a memoir; she was impressed by our love story and thought I should start writing it all down. I di
After 3 weeks of testing, this is our Hammer Stahl Knife Set Review (5 piece set), including both PROs and CONs. Hammer Stahl Knife Set Review Hammer Stahl company is one of the oldestmanufacturers of cookware in North America. Their roots go back to
I sat down to write this Mother’s Day post a few weeks ago, and was so looking forward to sharing these strawberry muffins with you. I’d planned to write a simple enough post on motherhood, a dispatch of sorts, 18 months in. But a
We're giving away our second KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Mixer this year!! Congrats to Christella Kwak for winning our first KitchenAid Mixer giveaway. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Make up to 9 dozen cookies in a single batch with the KitchenAid Art
It’s the first sunny day in Seattle in a verylong time and I’m sitting here at my sewing desk in our walk-in closet on the second story of our house eating a big salad and staring out the window, flirting with the idea of forgetti
We're reviewing The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook...which includes a giveaway of the book as well as a cast-iron Staub 5.5 quart Round Cocette (value $315) made in France. The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook Review About the book Al
Last month when I was in Los Angeles, I ate at a few vegetarian and vegan cafes withreally interesting, inspired dishes (cauliflower grits! adzuki bean bacon!). I thought to myself, Man LA is creative.I never see this level of innovation in Seattle t
Enjoy this light and refreshing salad featuring ripe avocado and juicy grapefruit. The Grapefruit Shallot Vinaigrette is made in 15 seconds with a shake of a mason jar. Let’s cut the grapefruit We’re going to cut the grapefruit se
Depending on where you live, spring is or is not showing her face. She sure does seem to be a big tease this year, doesn’t she? I remember late February last year walking around the UW campus admiring the cherry blossoms, and this year they
Review of the Breville Thermal Pro Car Anodized Cookware 10-Piece Set, including both PROs and CONs. Breville Thermal Pro Hard Anodized Cookware Review We tested the 10-piece set from Breville for two months in the Steamy Kitchen. The set includes: 8
It’s taken me a few weeks to come back down to earth after all of your generous comments on my last post. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and for taking time out of your busy schedules to let me know what’s resonating
Review of the Breville Smoking Gun handheld smoker, including both PROs and CONs. We've been testing the Smoking Gun for the past 2 months. Breville Smoking Gun Review Years ago....probably 7 years....I bought the first version of The Smoking Gun. Ba
I’m sitting here in my bright, sunny 9th floor Los Angeles hotel room staring out at the Hollywood Hills, drinking odd boxed water (Ohhhh, L.A.) with room service iced coffee on the way. I should be checking out one of the many cafes I&
  This is a review of the Ullo Wine Purifier, including both PROs and CONs. Plus a giveaway at the end. Ullo Wine Purifier Review I'm always skeptical of new gadgets. It's probably because I've backed 91 Kickstarter projects and 12 Indiegogo
If I asked you about what you like to cook at home when the week gets busy, I’m willing to bet it might be something simple. While there are countless websites and blogs and innumerable resources to find any kind of recipe we may crave, it&
This is sponsored by me - Steamy Kitchen :-) Each year, we give away fouriPads, as a big thank you to our loyal readers of Steamy Kitchen.Congrats toDarryl Tahara from Aiea, Hawaii, for winning our last iPad Mini Giveaway! I think Darryl is our very
Valentine’s Day came and went with takeout chicken salad sandwiches and a bottle of wine at home. A fancier date night felt tough this year with childcare logistics and, frankly, going out on Valentine’s Day can often be a bummer
New giveaway!!!! We've got another notebook to send to a lucky winner. We are giving anotheroneHP 14-Inch Notebook featuring AMD E2-7110 QC, 4GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC Hard Drive, Windows 10 Home 64 (14-AN013NR ). Congrats to Dave Grizzle for winning the la
On January 1, my sisters and mom texted our family chain asking what my word of the year would be. I’d loosely seen people talking about this ideaonline — the practice of choosing just one word to help guide your intentions and ac
Congrats toDennis Dackowski for winning our last Calphalon cookware set! We've got another set, exactly the same, to give away. Good luck! jaden Built to last with time-saving features, the Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel 10-pc. Cookware Set featur
We returned home from San Francisco on New Years Eve just in time for dinner, and craving greens — or anything other than baked goods and pizza (ohhhh San Francisco, how I love your bakeries. And citrus. And winter sunshine). Instead of dri
*This isn't a review....just a fun giveaway! The nice folks at Ronco is giving us a unit to give away. -Jaden Ronco has more than forty years of experience creating innovative, cutting-edge kitchen devices like pasta makers, countertop rotisserie ove
Happy Summer!! Congrats toElizabeth Sharpe who won our Springtime Amazon Fire Tablet giveaway! We're giving away anotherAmazon Fire Tablet.The Tablet is 7-inches, includes 8 GB of storage and 1.3 GHz quad-core processor (it's fast!) This new version
*This isn't a review, just a giveaway! - jaden **pssstt....Sponsored by me, Steamy Kitchen :-) Hard anodized aluminum construction for durability Unique Thermo-Spot heat indicator for proper preheating Hard Titanium nonstick interior for the ultimate
Last month, I took a trip to Napa, California, to learn all about the birthplace of those funny little olives I used to put on my fingers, and the surprising invention from a poor, widowed mother! Post sponsored byCalifornia Olive Committee. -Jaden S
Delicacies Jewelry Review This is a review of Delicacies Jewelry, including a giveaway at the end. Foodie jewelry with purpose Delicacies is a line of foodie-inspired jewelry, created byNicolle Nelson. This is truly jewelry with purpose...not only do
  We're giving away an Amazon Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote! We've owned an Amazon Fire TV Stick since it first launched. It's installed on our bedroom television. We're not big TV users, I actually prefer to watch my shows on my iPad with
This is a review of the Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Anodized 12-Piece Cookware Set, including both PROs and CONs. Product was provided by Bellacor, an online home goods retailer. First time customers get 15% off, and if you also sign up for Ebates, you'l
We recently reviewed the Ronco 5250 EZ Store Rotisserie Oven. We've owned a different version (5500) for over 8 years, read about the differences and what we think of the 5250. We've got another rotisserie oven to give away! You'll love it for chicke
Bird’s Nest Soup is one of the most luxurious and expensive delicacies in Chinese cuisine. The shallow cup-shaped nest that hang from the sides of caves takes the swiftlet bird over 30 days to build. For hundreds of years, bird’s
We have been drinking Glorybrew Coffee Pods for the Keurig machine for the past 30 days. Here's our review, including both PROs and CONs. Glorybrew Coffee Pod Review -100% Compostable! According to the NY Times, in 2015, Keurig sold 9 billion K-Cups,
Last year, I took a trip to New Orleans, to experience a taping of Next Door Chef, an online series sponsored by Morton Salt.A home cook is paired with a award-winning chef to learn how to transform an everyday recipe into a restaurant-worthy meal. [
This giveaway is sponsored by Steamy Kitchen and San-J Asian sauces company. Each year, Steamy Kitchen chooses only 2 companies to formally endorse, developing recipes with their products. This year, we've chosen to work with San-J, an eighth generat
We are reviewing the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro CBT-2000 Blender, detailing both PROs and CONs. Cuisinart Hurricane Pro CBT-2000 Blender Review This is one powerful blender! Cuisinart put in 3.5 horsepower with a30,000 RPM Turbo Boost feature. The blend
  We've had countless kitchen graters, slicers, choppers come through the Steamy Kitchen, and only a couple have everearned a permanent place in my kitchen. I've got two for you today, the Surpahs Drum Grater and Surpahs V-Mandoline Slicer.