Poultry & Pork · Uncategorized

The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Thai

It seems safe to say most people have had Thai food at some point in their lives Even if nothing more than quick takeout from your neighborhood Thai restaurant, this type of cuisine is becoming more and more popular all around the country. There are numerous Thai eateries in Los Angeles that we both have experienced, but we’ve never cooked authentic Thai food at home. Luckily, there is a small neighborhood east of Hollywood lined with many Thai markets for us to explore, which come in handy for this month’s Ethnic Exploration. This month’s experiment was definitely one that lead us down two separate paths, but in the end, the journey was a good one. We definitely learned several things along the way.
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Cakes, Pies & Tarts · Uncategorized

Let’s Go to the Isles

We’re happy to announce that today’s post is part of KCRW Good Food and Evan Kleiman’s Pie-a-Day feature. The summer season of pies will end with Good Food’s 2nd Annual Pie Contest. We attended last year, and the inaugural event was a blast. If you’re a loyal reader, then you may know that we love trying different recipes, especially those with strong cultural affiliation. We’re sharing our take on the Hawaiian favorite–haupia. This time, it’s in pie formation and topped with sweet pineapples. Read all about it HERE, and check the Good Food website daily for more!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts · Uncategorized

Ride It Upside Down

Surprisingly, many of our friends have never tasted Pineapple Upside Down Cake. For those of you who have experienced this delightful dessert, you are fully aware of the inherent travesty in the previous sentence. Since we love to make mini versions of our favorite treats, especially desserts, we thought individual servings would be a fun way to share this cake with our friends, plus we wanted to initiate the new set of ramekins from World Market. If you remember our January Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 dinner, they were part of the gift sets we gave to our friends for the evening. If you’re going to gift folks with kitchenware, you should at least give it a test run yourself!
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Breads & Muffins · Uncategorized

Mandy’s Test Kitchen

When you hear about a family recipe that makes time stop and your mouth immediately water, you are convinced that you must see how it’s done. A good friend said her family’s traditional recipe for caramel rolls were the best breakfast (or maybe even dessert) in the world, so it was time to shine our Guest Test Kitchen spotlight in her direction. Mandy is a girl who normally eats in a healthy fashion, runs and bikes along the beach and generally maintains a great balance between enjoying food and living life. But it appears even the most balanced person can tip around caramel rolls! You be the judge. Or maybe we will if she offers to make another batch!

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Cakes, Pies and Tarts · Nuts · Sweet Treats

Ride It Upside Down

Surprisingly, many of our friends have never tasted Pineapple Upside Down Cake. For those of you who have experienced this delightful dessert, you are fully aware of the inherent travesty in the previous sentence. Since we love to make mini versions of our favorite treats, especially desserts, we thought individual servings would be a fun way to share this cake with our friends, plus we wanted to initiate the new set of ramekins from World Market. If you remember our January Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 dinner, they were part of the gift sets we gave to our friends for the evening. If you’re going to gift folks with kitchenware, you should at least give it a test run yourself!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts

One for the Road

When you’re going on a road trip–whether it’s two hours or twelve–it’s always nice to have a little snack. Some people bring apples and granola bars, but we had pop tarts. Please don’t hold that against us! There have been homemade pop tarts all over the cooking blogosphere. The first blogs on which we spotted them were Chickens in the Road and Bake Me More. Then this year, they came back on Cake Spy and Smitten Kitchen. They seemed so simple–flakey, buttery pie dough stuffed with jam. If we couldn’t handle that, then it would just be a shame. After a year of watching other folks do it, it was finally time for us to have at it. Who can say no to a pop tart? Especially when you’re driving down the 5!
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