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Carnet de cuisine

Friday, January 13th, 2012

A few months ago I had dinner with a French friend and he showed me something really cool — his mother’s dinner party notebooks. For years — decades, even — ever since she was a young bride, his maman has kept a record of every dinner party she’s ever thrown: guest list, menu, recipes. As […]

Carrot cake cupcakes

Friday, September 16th, 2011

I spent yesterday morning baking carrot cake cupcakes for my husband’s birthday. I used this recipe (good, maybe a little too sweet) but invented my own cream cheese frosting… an eyeballed mix of cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest and juice and the tiniest smidge of salt to enhance the cream cheese. Does your frosting ever seem […]

Eggs in a nest

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

My dad is an excellent cook. He can make anything taste delicious. He’s also taught me some very important cooking lessons, such as: Just because you want to get rid of that last bit of cilantro before if turns brown and slimy, doesn’t mean you should throw all of it into your guacamole. Together, we’ve […]

Peking duck de “Mah” façon

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

I’m going to tell you a secret, mes amis. When we make Peking duck in the Mah family, we don’t grab an axe and head out to the duck farm to slaughter, pluck, gut, scald, dry, pump with air, glaze, and roast our very own bird. No, our recipe for duck involves a trip to… […]

Savory cake

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The first time I had a savory cake in France, I was at a cocktail party talking about Beijing, my home of four years. “It was an interesting experience, but difficult,” I said. “La ville est très salée.” Everyone laughed uproariously — including me (though with decidedly less gusto). I also blushed because I knew […]

Alphonso mangoes

Monday, May 30th, 2011

I have a guilty pleasure, mes amis. I try to buy seasonally and locally, but there is one fruit that tempts me every spring with its sweet, siren call: the alphonso mango. Why the Alphonso? It has everything you’d ever want in a mango: juiciness, sweetness, intense flavor, butter-soft flesh, and a color reminiscent of the […]

Recent obsessions

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I’m not sure why the heavy, spiky globe artichoke spoke to me in the market a few weeks ago, but it did and I brought it home. I meant to cook and eat it during the Royal Wedding, but who was I kidding? I could scarcely tear myself away from the TV to go to the […]

Oh, to be in Britain

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Are you planning on watching the Royal Wedding, mes amis? I am, even though I’m fully aware that makes me little bit cliché. I was six when Charles and Diana tied the knot and I can still recall getting up in the middle of the night (I grew in California, remember) to watch the bride […]

Easter sweets

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I said recently that I don’t have a sweet tooth. And that’s (more or less) true. In my house, a box of chocolates can go untouched for months, but leave me alone with a block of cheddar and we’ve got Trouble with a capital T, that rhymes with C, and that stands for cheese. There is, […]

Paris K-Mart

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Paris finally has a K-Mart, but if you’re in search of Blue Light Specials, you’re in the wrong spot. See, this is actually an Asian grocery store — I suspect the “K” stands for “Korean” — and it’s packed with essential food staples like frozen edamame and dumplings, soba noodles, and tofu. I stocked up […]

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