Family Cooking Class: Basic Knife Skills and Bibimbap-Inspired Rice Bowls

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We are teaming up with our favorite folks at 18 Reasons and Bernal Cutlery to offer a really fun and engaging parent-child knife skills and cooking class.  There are so few opportunities to take a cooking class with your kids out there, that this should not be missed.

Plus, it is a AMAZING deal – only $55 for 1 adult and 1 child (preferably aged 7-11) pair and includes lunch, a kid’s knife courtesy of Bernal Cutlery and the 18 Reasons Cooking Fundamentals handbook.  If you are an 18 Reasons member – which if you are not – you may want to consider becoming one – the class is only $45!!  We are going to be doing a bunch of classes with 18 Reasons and their programming is mostly ridiculously good, so the membership is incredibly worth it. Continue reading

Food Find: Arizmendi’s Coconut Croissants

File this one under: “Genius Ideas”, “I love Coconut”, and “Another reason to love Arizmendi Bakery”

If you’re in the Sunset in SF, and somewhere in the vicinity of 9th Avenue and Irving Street — on a Friday (because they only make them on Friday) — get yourself on over to Arizmendi for one of these flakey, shatteringly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, coconut-y, buttery, do-I-detect-a-hint-of-sourdough? croissants. ‘Nuff said!

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Dinner in a Blink: Pasta with Chèvre, Asparagus & Mint

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I love Jamie Oliver, but I was cursing him as my attempt to make his recipe for ravioli with minted-asparagus, potatoes and mascarpone went up in flames this last weekend. I wont get into details other than to say that the whole thing ended up being a real big mess and I was nearly forced to go to my Jamie Oliver-themed potluck party empty handed (I substituted with his easy and excellent “Chocolate Pots” at the 11th hour. When in doubt, bring chocolate!). Despite my ill-fated ravioli-making endeavor, I really can’t stay mad at Jamie because the combination of flavors inspired by his recipe — tangy-creamy chèvre, sweet asparagus, and bright herbs — is quite wonderful and works perfectly as a quick and delightfully spring-y pasta dish that comes together nearly as quickly as boxed mac and cheese. This combo would be equally great on crostini, as a topping for pizza or melted inside a grilled panini.

BTW: I’ll make sure to nudge Simran to share the recipe for Jamie’s ricotta and herb stuffed mushrooms that she made for the potluck – they were great!

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In Love with Egyptian Koshari

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When we first discovered Koshari, we were thrilled, as the promise of this dish is great.  It comprises some of our favorites – lentils, rice, macaroni and spices.  Bye-bye “mac and cheese” – hello “koshari”.  Plus, trying the cuisine of a new, “as yet undiscovered country”, is always an opportunity we gladly welcome.

This Egyptian dish is an intriguing and flavorful combination of leftover rice, macaroni, lentils which are topped with tomato sauce.  Other optional additions are chickpeas, crispy fried onions and of course, hot sauce, if you so desire.  This dish is from around the mid-19th century and it’s origin is a creation of necessity.  At the end of each month, working class Egyptian families would have a little bit of everything left in their pantry, and they would use it up by making this yummy dish.  This is totally the style of cooking we love – open up your pantry/refrigerator, see what you have left and make some magic. :) Continue reading

Piling on the Kudos for Jamie Oliver’s Chicken Braised with Milk and Lemon

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It’s impossible to resist this recipe. There’s an article over at Kitchn titled the “Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk is Probably The Best Chicken Recipe of All Time“; a good friend (aka the Hungry Dog) — a person I trust 200% in all matters food-related — swears by it; and it has even shown up in my email box at least once with a note from Simran saying, “please make this and invite me over!”. So I finally cooked up some of this irresistible chicken, or rather threw it together one night when I found myself staring blankly into the refrigerator wishing it was someone else’s turn to make dinner. The verdict: this is as tasty as advertised, especially given the extra liberties I took (no sage, forgot the cinnamon stick, chicken pieces instead of whole…). What can I say? This is just one more reason to love Jamie Oliver. Continue reading

Treat of the Month – Bizcochitos

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These cookies are delightful and I always love discovering regional American recipes and often wonder why some the good stuff never makes it across state borders.  For example, why is loco moco not available in at more breakfast/brunch places across the United States?  There could a whole separate blog on “A Little Yumminess Around the USA”, so we can learn more about regional/state specialties.

We first heard about these cookies on a trip to Santa Fe and before I could get round to learning more about them, Stacie had already tried them.  I bet they taste better with lard, but we stuck to good ol’ butter.  This Spanish influenced cookie was developed by people living in New Mexico over the centuries.  It is typically served during the holidays (Christmas in particular) and special occasions such as weddings and baptisms.  It’s lovely with a cup of strong coffee, or for the kiddos with some milk.  This is a neat one to make with kids (they are the “State Cookies” of New Mexico) and talk about the unique regional recipes of our country.

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