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Are You Sure They Are Picky Eaters?

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 5:10 PM

Many years ago when my son Eli was a baby, I had this burning desire to write a cookbook about feeding baby loosely titled Cooking With One Hand. I had these fantasies about inspiring my child to be a good eater, to try every food so that he would grow...

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My Full Circle Odyssey

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 12:24 PM

Last week I visited Bushi-Tei, where an ex-sous-chef of mine is at the stove's helm cooking Japanese/French fusion food. While dining at Michael Hung's new establishment, it brought back memories of my first chef job in San Francisco at the Miyako Hotel under the inspired madness of Elka Gilmore, who...

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Barcelona by Morning

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 11:10 AM

I was in Barcelona recently on my way back from a safari in Kenya. The contrast of being out in the bush in the Maasai Mara and then thrust into the urban intensity of Barcelona was rather jarring. I adjusted to this new environment by indulging heavily in what Barcelona...

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Grandma Salazar's Cactus Paddle Salad

(9) Comments | Posted July 29, 2011 | 12:03 PM

My son, Eli and I were down at my aunt's house in Santa Cruz spending a few summer days with the family. While there we usually shop local, which includes visiting the Mexican markets and fruit stands near their house looking for ingredients for our meals. During our stay I...

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Summertime and the Cooking Is Plentiful

(3) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 10:43 PM

I like to think of myself as a cook rather than a chef. Chef is such a lofty title and in French it actually means boss, who really wants to be called that? The title Chef has its place in the hierarchy of a well-run kitchen, but at home not...

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