• Posted by Califia Suntree on September 12th, 2007, 5:19 PM

    news, for those of you still reading (anyone? anyone?)! i’ll be doing some quick, fun cooking demos at the red hook farmers market (only about 20 minutes in the morning, 11ish) with ingredients grown by the fine farmers of added value. everyone should support this fine market! take the b61 bus, or your bike, or take a nice morning stroll…

    in other news, look for the relaunch (by the end of ’07) of this site as www.spooningmag.com, an alternative magazine for food lovers of every stripe. write to me, please, with stories, recipes, photos, videos, lore…!

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  • Posted by Califia Suntree on April 28th, 2007, 5:16 PM

    it was wednesday, april 11, when the great brooklyn cupcake battle went down…by the end, there was frosting everywhere, smeared on peoples faces and hands and the floor. and the crumbs! oh, the humanity!…seriously, though, i participated in a cupcake cookoff at the brooklyn kitchen in williamsburg, and it was one heated pastry battle…the judges had to eat about a thousand cupcakes (actually about 20, which probably feels like a thousand), and the audience was so hyped up on sugar that i think people were actually squealing by the end. it was FUN! and i WON (in my category)! click here for my  recipe, which is adaptation of a birthday cake that i made for my mom for about a decade. a friend was considering making lemon cupcakes using the same procedure (and schmancy lemon marmalade), and i think that’s an excellent idea…

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  • Posted by Califia Suntree on February 1st, 2007, 5:15 PM

    back in the monochromatic winter of NYC, i thought i’d post some musings on my favorite food things in LA. i don’t know if i’d call LA a “food city”, but it is certainly an incredible place to be a home cook. but there are also some treats that visitors without kitchens the size of manhattan apartments can enjoy. here are some of my favorites:

    * ajo ramen at ramenya on olympic blvd. (west LA). ajo means garlic in spanish, and there’s several handfuls of it (whole cloves as well as tasty deep-fried slivers) in this soup, as well as their handmade ramen noodles and a roast-pork broth. this soup is literally better than antibiotics. it’s my health insurance. Read on… »

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on January 5th, 2007, 5:13 PM

    happy new year everyone! i hope 2007 is tasty and filled with good stuff and wrapped in golden pastry. that is, i hope your new year is rather like this coulibiac i made for one christmas dinner (no photo unfortunately!)…life should really be more like pie.

    it’s always a challenge to make a dramatic centerpiece for a meal without meat. the leg of lamb, roasted turkey, or crown roast makes an obvious focus of attention. my quest for a meatless centerpiece lead one year to an entree of cheese fondue accompanied by my mom’s turkey-shaped loaf of brioche. that was fun. but variety is the spice and all that, so another year, i went for coulibiac. if you really get into the sculptural potential of puff pastry, this loaf of fish (hah) is a perfect focus for your meat-free feast. (note! it is not just for christmas, but is certainly a fall-winter dish.)

    this recipe for russian fish pie is gleaned from what i consider the best of many sources: my memory of the delicious ones turned out by the cleaver company, my former employer, and lots of reading about coulibiac and its many, many forms. some say that you make it with salmon and spinach so as to make festive red and green stripes when you cut it open. i find salmon a tad too strong, but it’s up to you. salmon-lovers should go for it. Read on… »

 
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