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Stephanie J. Stiavetti
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Stephanie Stiavetti is a writer and cookbook author in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her food blog, The Culinary Life, is a repository for all things comfort food related, from savory dinners to transcendental desserts. She publishes a monthly culinary newsletter full of stories, review, and helpful tips, and teaches home bakers how to make gorgeous desserts in her online pastry classes

You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook, where she posts regularly about travel, cooking, writing, and how to get along this is vast social media world.

Entries by Stephanie J. Stiavetti

Wonders of Wonton: 76-Year Old Unveils YouTube Channel and E-Cookbook

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 10:25 PM

My grandmother has absolutely no idea what the internet is. When the topic comes up in conversation around the kitchen table, she generally starts scanning the room for something else to focus on, or she nods off in her chair. For my grandma, the internet exists in an...

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Three Euro-Centric Cookbooks Worth Gifting

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 12:39 PM

A Little Bit of Europe for Christmas: Three Cookbooks Worth Gifting on http://www.theculinarylife.com

 

One of my bestest of besties is currently in Europe, visiting the Czech Republic, where she was raised. She posted a photo from her hometown, Liberec, and since...

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Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese: Penne With Garrotxa, Serrano Ham, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 1:47 PM

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When you're looking for hot dishes to warm your chilly digits, can you think of a better place to look than the Spanish countryside? This macaroni and cheese recipe is awash with comforting Iberian flavors -- deep, rich, full tastes...
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One Big Social Bummer: Facebook and Food Bloggers at Odds

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 5:58 PM

There's been a lot of chatter lately about how Facebook has been severely limiting the content readers see on Facebook. The reality is that no matter what you do as a reader, or what we do as writers, very little is showing up on your news feed from...

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The Christmas Dish: Baked Macaroni And Cheese In A Pumpkin

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 3:07 PM

Pumpkin Stuffed with Fontina, Italian Sausage, and Macaroni on http://www.theculinarylife.com


Christmas is in a few weeks, and right now many of us are poring over Pinterest, looking for the perfect dish to serve...
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Holiday Cheese Pairing Tips From Madame Fromage

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 11:25 AM

Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese

There's a reason they call Tenaya Darlington, author of Di Bruno Brothers House of Cheese, Madame Fromage. As a cheese courtesan, she's an illicit lover of...

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In the Wake of This Great Tragedy

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 5:04 PM

Today Americans suffered yet another attack at the hand of one of our own. It was a tragedy of the most unspeakable kind: an attack on the most innocent among us. As a people we are feeling a broad swath of emotions: horror, outrage, despair, that heartsick sadness that can...

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Why I Don't Read Your Damn Food Blog

(30) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 1:07 PM

As a long-time web consultant and food writer, I'm exposed to all aspects of the food blogging world. I was around at the advent of food blogging (when dinosaurs roamed MovableType) and I'll likely be picking away at some form of the socially driven media universe until they bury me...

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Making Jam Without Refined Sugar

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 1:29 PM

If you have any experience canning fruit, you've probably heard the line that you need, need, need white sugar in your jam if you don't want it to go bad. And not just a little sugar. A lot. Those of us who avoid refined sugar

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Review: Sukham Ayu -- Cooking at Home With Ayurvedic Insights

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 5:10 PM

I was recently given a copy of a wonderful Ayurvedic cookbook that I'd like to share: Sukham Ayu: Cooking at Home With Ayurvedic Insights. I've been interested in Ayurvedic cooking since I first started thinking about how strongly my diet corresponds to my health; the idea...

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A Simple Recipe For Mocha Macarons

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 11:45 AM

Last week I posted an article on the finer points of macarons and it got quite a bit of traction on Facebook and Twitter. Since then I've gotten over a dozen emails from people who have posted their own macaron recipes on their...

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Making Macarons: A Trend That Keeps On Trending

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 4:51 PM

Stacked macarons

I know that macarons had their renaissance a few years ago, but it's obvious that they are still popular among Americans looking for a small, sweet, colorful treat. Two of the most highly linked-to posts on my blog are a recipe for Vanilla...

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RISE: Climate Change and Coastal Communities

(4) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 10:38 AM

This month yet another new study about climate change* was released. But this one is different. Unlike many previous studies in which scientists are hesitant to draw causal connections between global warming and specific weather events, this study comes out and...

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Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day

(3) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 9:23 AM

Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François, a medical doctor and an inspired baker, have joined forces yet again. They've just released third book in the "Bread in Five" series: the more internationally flavored Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a...

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The Parchment Paper Cookbook: Pork Chops with Pumpkin and Cream

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 2:35 PM

I'm super busy, balancing life, love, work, freelancing, the new book project, and a few minor health issues. When life gets crazy, the first thing to suffer is my diet. Lately I've been stuffing myself with pastries, take-out, and other unhealthy foods. No bueno, especially at...

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Holly Heyser: The Philosophical Huntress

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 4:32 PM

Hunting. Just the word evokes a response in most people, whether it be excitement, curiosity, anger, sadness, or a host of other feelings. Killing something - anything - is intense, and any emotions attached to such an act are often rooted deep within ourselves and are therefore difficult to change....

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An Interview With Hank Shaw, the Hunter/Angler/Gardener/Cook

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 3:15 PM

Hank Shaw, author of the new book Hunt, Gather, Cook, is far more than the sum of his parts. If you were to appraise him purely on the title of his blog, Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook, you'd be missing the more important traits of...

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2011 Oakland Greek Festival

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2011 | 4:55 PM

Oakland Greek Festival
A meal worthy of the gods.

For the next two days, Oakland's Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension is hosting their annual Oakland Greek Festival. Besides...

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Gilli Cafe: A Florence Institution?

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 3:48 PM

I'm still on my [now dubbed] Polysyllabic World Tour. The past few weeks I've been touring around Europe, sampling all of the wonderful gastronomic gems this country has to offer. Yesterday I left Rome to visit Florence, hoping...

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Pork Chop Potato Chips from Thailand

(15) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 10:37 AM

Despite my best intentions to avoid junk food, I still occasionally find something so interesting that I just have to give it a try. This happens most often in foreign countries, where foods are unfamiliar to me and I really want to gain the experience of trying something new.

When...

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