December 2005 archives

To Whoever This May Concern: I apologize for stealing your Sharpie® during my current book tour. As you can see, I couldn’t help it. It started with the one I borrowed when booksigning in Virginia. But somewhere between there, and San Francisco, my obsession went horribly wrong. But you see, we don’t get Sharpies® in France. And I just couldn’t resist yours. Your Sharpie® was…

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Sonoma County

Just a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, Sonoma County is a gorgeous winemaking region about an hour north (unless you’re me and have a horrible sense of direction and get lost…then it will take longer.) But once you arrive, you’ll find that Sonoma boasts world-class cheesemakers like Ig Vella who makes Sonoma Dry Jack, a hard grating cheese whose exterior…

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Menu For Hope

My other girlfriend Pim has organized a wonderful auction to raise money for victims in Pakistan and India of the recent natural disaster. As the chilly winter approaches, international aid is necessary and vital to the people of these regions.

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In case you’d like to read a first person account of my Holiday Chocolate Baking class in Seattle, Gluten-Free Girl came by to visit and posted about it at her site And Sam posted about my class (and proposal) at Becks & Posh in San Francisco as well. Seems like I’m leaving a few broken hearts in my wake!

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I have to admit that this is my “Little Black Dress” that many women…and perhaps a few men (since I’m from San Francisco), consider their multi-purpose, never-fail-to-impress sexy black number hanging in their closet. I’m normally wary of recipes that call themselves “The Best” since often you make them, and they ain’t all that. But of all the chocolate sauce recipes I’ve tasted over the…

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I love Chicago. Chicago is The Great American City. It’s a city that didn’t turn its back on it’s downtown, which is a modern, vibrant, and a beautiful metropolis marked by the great American invention: skyscrapers. My favorite place to eat in Chicago is the Big Bowl. It was started by Bruce Cost, who I worked with several years ago as his pastry chef and…

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-Does anyone really watch all the reruns of “Saved By The Bell” that run all morning on television? -Why is the air-conditioning turned on full-blast, everywhere…in December? -Why can’t they open a Rite Aid in Paris? I love a drugstore that sells yogurt, socks, and clocks with singing Bass. -What insane person first decided to manufacture yogurt with gelatin in it? -I am certain that…

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