July – 2013 Cookbook Challenge
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As I’ve written in the past, I didn’t get serious about Food until I was in my 30s, and when I did, I learned the way most home cooks do: in a higgledy piggledy fashion, bouncing from subject to subject … Continue reading

June – 2013 Cookbook Challenge
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A few years back, I was browsing Facebook when I came across a post from a friend, Sarah, asking for folks to help crowdfund her friend’s cookbook. Curious, I checked it out. The only thing I remember of the Kickstarter … Continue reading

Chef Watson – Ground Beef Stroganoff
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Chef Watson – Ground Beef Stroganoff  As you may recall, I have been part of a group of beta testers noodling around with the IBM/Bon Appétit software collaboration, Chef Watson. The following is another of the dishes  I prepared using … Continue reading

May – 2013 Cookbook Challenge
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  Tarragon. Tarragon is one of those herbs that I have seen frequently on lists of “top herbs and spices to have in your kitchen” or included as part of an 18-bottle spice rack combo pack.  It is one of … Continue reading

Chef Watson – Quinoa Pilaf
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Chef Watson – Quinoa Pilaf  Attention fellow food geeks!  Bon Appétit Magazine and IBM are working together to develop an exciting, new kitchen toy—I mean “tool”.   Chef Watson is a software program that, according to the magazine “essentially discovers and … Continue reading

April – 2013 Cookbook Challenge
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I am what you’d call a mutt.  Growing up, my brothers and I were told that our forebears hailed from a plethora of places, stretching across Europe from Poland to Ireland, and even down into Africa, with a little Jewish … Continue reading

2013 Cookbook Challenge – Intro
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I adore cookbooks, those colorfully-bound culinary instructions manuals, these days disguised as coffee table books, full of lavish photographs of delectable food.  They inspire even as they instruct.  They generate hunger while at the same time promising to satisfy it.  … Continue reading