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August 7, 2009

“How Meryl Streep Nailed Her” by Sarah Moulton

Filed under: cooking,educational,movies,reading — chef tamara @ 7:24 PM

Sarah Moulton had what I believe was one of the best jobs ever – to be Julia Child’s assistant. Read Sarah’s thoughts on “Julie & Julia.”

How Meryl Streep Nailed Her – Page 1 – The Daily Beast

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Caramel Cupcakes w/Brown Sugar Frosting

Filed under: baking,cooking,cupcakes — chef tamara @ 6:38 PM

SUGAR SWEET SWEETNESS!!!! Holy Sucrose is the frosting on these sweet! But they’re pretty good and flavorful as well. I made these inspired by the recipe from the Buttercup Bake Shop Cookbook so I can’t print it here, much less take credit for this as an original idea. But hey. Who cares. It’s CUPCAKE TIME!



August 4, 2009

What about other beans & peas?

Filed under: cooking,experiment,ingredients,snacks — chef tamara @ 12:33 PM

So I asked myself, why is it that I’ve only really seen Chickpeas roasted or fried? Why not Black beans? Red Kidney beans? Pigeon peas? Is there a reason it’s usually just Chickpeas?

Well, what better way than to experiment yourself. Stay tuned! 😉

August 3, 2009

Roasted Chickpeas

Filed under: cooking,snacks — chef tamara @ 3:45 AM
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I love Chickpeas. Yes I do! I like them fried best! The first time I recall eating fried chickpeas was when our friend Chef Alex Raij of Txikito made them for us. Deep fried I believe, then tossed with what I guess was salt, smoky paprika and a dash of heaven? (Never denied I wasn’t corny). Alex’s Chickpeas were perfectly GBD: golden, brown, and delicious!


At home I don’t fry them. I do them the second best possible way to eat Chickpeas: roasted in the oven. Or is the second best way to eat Chickpeas in Hummus Form? Hmmm… Okay. Tied for second best way to eat Chickpeas: oven roasted! (more…)

August 2, 2009

The Origins of the Cooking Show

Filed under: cooking,educational — chef tamara @ 3:58 AM

From the NY Times Magazine – and in spirit of the revival of all things Julia Child (she’s always been alive with me…not just now with Julie & Julia) – is a fun and informative:

Timeline – The Origins of the Cooking Show – Interactive Feature –

¡Buen provecho!

August 1, 2009

Michael Pollan Inspires Me

Filed under: cooking,educational,reading — chef tamara @ 11:33 PM

I may not agree with every single point of his. I even tend to believe things aren’t as bad with the state of how we eat. Regardless, I can read Michael Pollan’s FOREVER.

First time I read him was when my old employer, Chipotle, gave us Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” Nice gift, I know. Here is what I just read in the NY Times that motivated me to share it with whoever reads me. Yes, the 5 of you who read me, I thank thee. 🙂 I recommend his books.

Click here to read: “Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch” by Michael Pollen as posted in the NY Times. Enjoy!

July 13, 2009

Brioche Bread & Butter Pudding!

Filed under: baking,cooking — chef tamara @ 2:25 AM

I am back from NYC! What a trip! What food! What friends! What tears I shed from being forced to leave NYC’s awesomeness to come back to this:


I swear if it wasn’t for sights like that, we’d be having serious emotional issues. [And yes, I took that awesome picture of the beach, so don’t even dare use it without asking first. ;o)]

While I edit the 67 billion pictures I took, most food related, and organize them, and re-size them so they’re not so huge, here’s a look at a Brioche Bread & Butter Pudding I made last night. (more…)

June 15, 2009

Class @ J&W Univ…

Filed under: baking,cooking,educational — chef tamara @ 4:58 PM

Unfortunately, we are not exactly gonna be doing the classes we thought we would. But I did learn something today: How to do REVERSE PUFF PASTRY. This is where you lock-in your dough INTO the butter instead of the traditional way where the butter goes into the dough. It seems weird and impossible, but Chef made it happen and it looks nice! Still foggy on the why’s of it, but will see the results tomorrow when we bake off all our doughs.
We’re making plain croissants, ham & cheese croissants, chocolate croissants, danishes with cheese and almond cream fillings, puff pastry items with the same and possibly fruit. And we’re also making a Rosemary Asiago Bread, so I am SOOOOO looking forward to that. I love making breads. I don’t care to eat them much, but they’re my favorite baked item.

June 8, 2009

Another Pic of Pink Cupcakes

Filed under: baking,cooking,cupcakes — chef tamara @ 10:54 PM

Found this on my phone. Forgot I had it. Cute!

pink cupcakes

June 7, 2009

Pink Cupcakes

Filed under: baking,cooking,cupcakes — chef tamara @ 1:06 AM


A few weeks I was invited to a BBQ Birthday Cookout for Emily to be held at her Isla Verde beach apartment. I was asked if I could bring cupcakes, which of course I could. The only request was that they contain Pink frosting, ’cause pink is Emily’s favorite color.


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