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Is the Refrigerator Ruining Our Food?

Posted May 13, 2014 by | Comments Off | ]
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Is the very thing we entrust with keeping our food from spoiling actually harming it?

Celebrity Chefs, Cooking, DIY, Recipes, Veg »

Chef CJ Jacobsen’s Forest Floor Pear

Posted January 31, 2014 by | Comments Off | ]
Chef CJ's Forest Floor Pear

This is not a regular pear.  It’s not just that it’s an especially tasty variety (which it is), it’s that it smells just like hiking through a SoCal mountain trail.  It’s so aromatic that my truck cab was infused with the smell for days after transporting the pear from KCRW to my house.
How CJ did it:
Chef CJ Jacobson of Girasol in Studio City is …

Baking, DIY, Pie, Recipes »

How to: Blind Baking a Pie Crust

Posted November 26, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Courtesy of Roxana Jullapat

If you love a flaky, non soggy crust with your pumpkin or pecan pie then blind baking is for you. If you’ve never heard of blind baking before, its a method where you bake a crust without the pie or pastry filling in it.
This method is not difficult, and you don’t need any expensive equipment.  You can watch me blind bake in my …

Awards, Class, community, DIY »

Blogger Award Voting at

Posted October 15, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]

Ever since Craftsy released my video pie class, Perfecting the Pie Crust, this summer,  I’ve come to know the very generous crafting community a little better.  I was thrilled to learn that our Good Food blog had qualified for the next round of voting for the 2013 Craftsy Blogger Awards. So if you’re a craft person who is a member of Craftsy, VOTE FOR …

Appearance, Class, Classes, Collaboration, community, Cooking, DIY, Events »

Event: Patchwork Edible in Costa Mesa this Sat-Sun

Posted October 4, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]

Not everything yummy and interesting happens just in LA.  For example, this weekend the dynamic duo of Delilah Snell and Nicole Stevenson who bring us the Patchwork Artisan fairs in are expanding with an edible version this week end in Costa Mesa.  I’ll be there wandering the show and doing a demo on Cooking with Pressure Cookers (weird, I know, but I love them). …

Appearance, Cooking, DIY, Fruit, Pie, Savory, Veg, Vegetarian »

Recipe: Cherry Tomato Cobbler as Demo’d at The TasteLA

Posted September 3, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]

As promised,  here is the recipe for the savory fruit pie I demonstrated at The LA Times The TasteLA food extravaganza on Sunday.  I say fruit because, after all the tomato is a fruit which is one reason why this particular pie is so easy to throw together.  The tomatoes act like berries, bursting apart once the heat of the oven penetrates the pie. …


Food Forward’s Can It! Academy Returns for a 12 week Food & Cottage Arts Certificate Program

Posted August 23, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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It’s back! Food Forward’s Can It! Academy returns for a 12 week Food & Cottage Arts Certificate Program taught by Master Preserver Ernest Miller. Classes meet every Wednesday evening at The Farmers Kitchen (1555 Vine Street) from September 18th to December 11th. Expect lessons dedicated to jams, jellies, pickles, dehydration, charcuterie, beer, bread, the new AB 1616 law on cottage food, and SO much more. Best of …

Classes, Cooking, DIY, Pie, Pie a Day, Video »

Master the Pie Crust: An interactive online class with Evan Kleiman

Posted August 21, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]

Are you ready to up your pie game?  Need some guidance to get ready to enter the pie contest? Here’s an easy way to take a class with me and you don’t even need to leave your house.  I’m so excited to share my latest project with you. is launching a pie crust class with me.  Craftsy specializes in long form video classes …

DIY, Recent Shows, Recipes »

Recipe: Kevin West’s Bramble Berry Jam with Wine

Posted July 19, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Kevin West has long been a fixture at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market. He’s easy to spot with his charming wicker basket overflowing with the week’s peak produce. We’ve followed his blog Saving the Season for years, and have been anticipating his new book of the same name. The long wait is now over – his gorgeous tome has arrived and it’s just …

Cooking, DIY, Drink, Vegan »

Recipe: The Holy Grail of Homemade Almond Milk

Posted April 26, 2013 by | 33 Comments | ]
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I don’t need an expert to tell me that I eat too much dairy.  I live with a 93 year old mom who puts sour cream on everything.  So when I decided to prepare for my interview with Mark Bittman on his new diet book VB6:  Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…For Good (well that’s a mouthful), I knew …