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amusebouche

I'm a college student, but I spend most of my time thinking, writing, and talking about food— and eating, of course. I LOVE to bake, but I cannot live on cakes and crisps alone, so I am learning to cook some of the practicals, too.

  • Location: LA, Santa Barbara, Boston
  • Favorite foods: chocolate chip cookies. and marzipan- out of the tube. maple syrup.
    preserves, smoked salmon, bread and butter, green olives, homemade granola, fresh peaches, sushi, bacon, and french toast.
  • Last bite on earth: my mom's maple pecan pie- outer perimeter, near the crust but not quite there.

Cook the Book: 'My Paris Kitchen' by David Lebovitz

Ile Flottante- not technically a dish but so French, subtle flavor and beautiful presentation

Boston Cheap Eats: 10 Great Dishes Under $10

el guapo is epic! I used to live down the street from el pelon in brighton- whoever thought plantains and beef would be good together but it is amazing!

Bake the Book: 'Entenmann's Big Book of Baking'

definitely cupcakes! no one does them like susie cakes

Cook the Book: 'The Occasional Vegetarian'

a nice omelette with spinach onions and feta. and toast, of course.

A Cookie A Day: 'The Treats Truck Baking Book'

Bake the Book: 'Sweet Auburn Desserts'

pecan pie! yummmm

Cook the Book: 'Cook this Now'

martha rose schulman

Book Giveaway: Pastry Paris, Because Everything in Paris Looks Like Dessert

pain aux raisins from clear flour in boston :)

Cook the Book: 'Home Made'

Hummus with herbs yummm

Cook the Book: 'Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume'

falafel with tahini sauce

Cook the Book: 'Salad as a Meal'

edamame, carrot, cucumber, peanuts, hard-boiled egg with a thai peanut dressing. so so good.

Bake the Book: 'Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop'

susie cakes in manhattan beach, ca. retro and best cupcakes EVER

Cook the Book: 'In the Small Kitchen'

dorm room kitchen in college...tiny space, no dishwasher, but we had a stovetop and oven!

Cook the Book: 'Super Natural Every Day'

roasted broccoli with tahini, black beans, and rice

Cook the Book: 'The Book of New Israeli Food'

does making my own shakshuka count?

Cook the Book: 'Food Trucks'

chickpea fritter from clover in boston

Weekend Giveaway: 'My Father's Daughter'

Cook the Book: 'River Cottage Every Day'

spanish tortilla with peas onions and cherry tomatoes

Cook the Book: 'Serve Yourself'

omelette w/ peas and tomatoes...rice and beans with tahini....cookies

Cook the Book: 'Plenty'

seared brussel sprouts w/ roasted potatoes, chopped dates, and lentils. from 101 cookbooks :)

Weekend Giveaway: 'Clean Start'

summer= salad salad salad + avocados!

Weekend Giveaway: 'The Food Matters Cookbook'

i rarely eat meat at home + trying to add more organic produce into my diet
and..no plastic water bottles if that counts!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Truffle Lovers Pasta

truffle fries..umami yum!!!

Cook the Book: The Sunset Cookbook

JUST discovered adding spinach to smoothies, and it is awesome!
that + roasted pan fried brussel sprouts

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

french toast drenched in syrup with plenty of crispy bacon

Yay or nay: bacon cupcakes

I love bacon. And I love cupcakes. But I'm not going to lie, I'm a little disturbed by the proliferation of bacon cupcakes I've been seeing across the food blogosphere. See the following:
http://ladolcivita.blogspot.com/2009/05/french-toast-and-bacon-cupcakes.html
and:
http://almostascone.blogspot.com/2009/05/dark-chocolate-bacon-cupcakes.html
Your thoughts...

chocolate chip cookies: the best

I've been researching recipes for "the perfect" chocolate chip cookie and have come up with a wide range of results, including the jacques torres recipe, the alton brown recipe, and the cooks illustrated version of the tollhouse cookie.
Most of these include bread flour though and I'm not sure I want to buy some just for the cookies — unless it's really worth it.
Has anyone tried these recipes, and do they live up to the hype?
I'm looking for a big chewy cookie with a crisp exterior and a lot of butter. Thanks!

Market Scene: Somerville Winter Market, Massachusetts

This January, the city of Somerville launched a winter farmers' market to bring fresh, local, healthy food to residents of this densely populated urban center. Jaime Corliss, director of the Shape Up Somerville Program, has been very happy with the response. And, vendors (selling everything from daikon radishes to cider doughnuts) are certainly finding this location worth the trip. More

Homemade Kit Kat Bars

Every now and then, you come across a recipe so ridiculously indulgent and unabashedly excessive that you simply must prepare it immediately. A perfect example? This recipe for homemade Kit Kat bars, adapted from Paula Deen, and loaded with peanut... More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Olive Oil Crepes with Leeks and Eggs

When I lived in France, my host mother used to heat up purchased buckwheat crepes with ham and eggs as a dinner last resort, when she was short on time and ingredients. Though she was a good cook, I liked that simple meal as much as anything else she made. You can in fact buy pre-made crepes over here, too, but frying the crepes yourself adds only a little in the way of time and really nothing in the way of ingredients. If your appetite is hardy, you can also crack two eggs over each crepe without straying from the eight-buck budget. More

Cook the Book: Basic French Lentils

I had been trying my hand at French lentils with varying degrees of success for the past few years when I finally found the prefect recipe for Basic French Lentils in Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table. While I had always incorporated a combination of carrots, celery, and onions I was missing a few key ingredients—one lone clove, a bay leaf, a bit of cognac, and most importantly, plenty of stock to cook the lentils in. More

10 Ways to Dress Up Cottage Cheese

I have found that, stripped of its low carb associations, that cottage cheese can be a friend of one's tastebuds, and not just the waistline. If you can find whipped cottage cheese, it's positively decadent on a sliced banana, topped with honey, raisins and honey-roasted peanuts. (A delicious carb trifecta.) How else to use cottage cheese? More

The Crisper Whisperer: 10 Great Blogs for Veggie Lovers That May Be New to You

When seasonal veggies abound (such as, for example, now), it doesn't matter who you are, where you come from, or how good you are with a julienne attachment. Once in a while you're going to need a little help taking your produce to inspired heights. These ten websites, many of them lesser-known, are among my current favorites when I'm staring at a full crisper and need a little jolt of creativity. Behind each site is a person or team who knows how to find extraordinary beauty in ordinary vegetables. More

Street Food: Clover Food Lab in Boston

Six months ago Clover Food Lab was still something of a secret. The food cart, which opened quietly in 2008, still served a small selection of breakfast and lunch items to a crowd of mostly MIT students and professors, continuing a longstanding tradition of lunchtime food trucks at the university. The chef-owners were ambitious, conceiving a seasonal vegetarian menu that could be served within minutes after ordering, where no item topped the five dollar mark. More

A First Look at the Friendly Toast, Part Deux, Now Open in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Opening a restaurant’s second location is like making a movie sequel. It should capture the feel, the look, and the ambience of the original—faithfully recreating everything that made it a hit in the first place. But it should also bring something else to the table. Move the story along. The Friendly Toast, just opened on Sunday (May 17) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, does so admirably. It’s hard to replicate the success of a local institution. Up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the original Friendly Toast has earned lines out the door since 1994 for its mammoth pancakes, crazy egg dishes, and over-the-top kitschy décor. But from an airy space in Kendall Square, the owners have crafted a second Crayola-hued temple of... More

Boston’s Flour Bakery Buns Are So Sticky, They Named Them Twice

While I have nothing against a warm doughnut or pain au chocolat, my heart has always belonged to the sticky bun. In my mind, it’s everything a breakfast pastry should be—gooey, cinnamony, and with so many layers to unearth, endlessly entertaining. (I started baking at age six with the sole intention of making my own super-gooey cinnamon rolls. Old habits die hard.) When I saw Joanne Chang out-bake Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s Throwdown, I knew I had to hit up her Flour Bakery in Boston the first chance I got. Flay’s needlessly experimental orange-almond rolls couldn’t hold a candle to Joanna’s “Sticky Sticky Buns,” doused in a brown sugar-honey “Goo.”... More

Mike and Patty's in Boston: Serious Breakfast (and Sandwiches) from a Seriously Tiny Kitchen

There are neighborhood cafés, and then there are neighborhood classics. The kind of local favorites where the staff gets to know your name, and you theirs. Where even though lines snake out the door, every regular considers the place his own unique find. And where the food is both honest and memorable, worth going back to—and not just because it’s around the corner. These institutions often take years to evolve. But Mike and Patty’s, opened eight months ago on a quiet corner in Boston’s Bay Village neighborhood, seems pretty close already. Its storefront may be tiny—an open kitchen behind the counter, one high table for a friendly six, and hardly enough room to turn around. What Mike and Patty’s... More

Bill Yosses' Orange-Glazed Olive Oil Cake with Fleur de Sel

It's pretty much impossible for me to pass up an olive oil cake, no matter if it's being offered at a restaurant, in a bakery, or in recipe form. There's something about the lightness of the cake combined with the green and fruity flavors that the olive oil lends—I find it absolutely irresistible. So when I came across this recipe for Orange-Glazed Olive Oil Cake with Fleur de Sel from The Perfect Finish by Bill Yosses, I made sure I had all the ingredients on hand, then made a beeline for the kitchen to start baking. More

Bill Yosses' Blackberry Buttermilk Bundt with Orange Glaze

My kitchen is pretty much at capacity, and purchasing more kitchen equipment is becoming borderline irresponsible. What I once thought was a spacious kitchen seems shrinking with each new addition. So, when I found this recipe for Blackberry Buttermilk Bundt with Orange Glaze from The Perfect Finish by Bill Yosses I was hesitant to go out and buy the Bundt pan this recipe called for. But the beautiful photo that accompanied the recipe and the wealth of blackberries at the market won me over and the pan was purchased. And, I have to say that I'm very pleased with my new Bundt pan and the first cake it baked. More

Sunday Brunch: Brown Sugar Breakfast Cakelets

Brown sugar cakelets, also known as strawberry shortcake's brunchified cousins, provide an excellent opportunity for you to squeeze more dessert into your day and more strawberries into your summer. I split each cakelet and filled it with a schmear of improvised brown sugar cream cheese frosting and a spoonful of strawberries for a brunch dessert that doesn't feel too terribly over-the-top to indulge in midday. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Chickpea Soup with Toasted Breadcrumbs

I first made Mark Bittman's chickpea soup with toasted breadcrumbs because it sounded fast and easy, but it earned its spot on my list of favorite recipes because it tastes so good. If you've cooked your chickpeas carefully and stored them in their broth, not much can go wrong with this soup. It's very receptive to experimentation with spices, herbs, and greens. The escarole, my addition, brought some nice flavor and texture to the dish. More

Healthy & Delicious: West African Vegetable Stew

If you asked me ten years ago if I would ever consider becoming a vegetarian, my answer would have been, "Hell no," followed by a string of surprisingly vicious obscenities. You might have cried. And I wouldn't have felt bad about it afterward. But dishes like this West African Vegetable Stew are just as filling and flavorful as meaty ones. Healthy as hell and simple to make, it possesses a wonderful sweet heat and heartiness. More

Sunday Brunch: Oatmeal Shortbread

If, like me, you always wish there were more topping in fruit crisp, you should get to know oatmeal shortbread. Other recipes I've seen involve oat flour or ground oats, but this one gets right down to sweet, buttery business with ingredients that are almost certainly waiting in your refrigerator and pantry. More

French in a Flash: Quatre Épices Candied Nuts

The French are renowned for their superior walnuts and almonds. This brittle coats the nuts in a sticky, crisp blanket of sweetness and spice...and everything nice. The heat of the quatre épices makes it perfect for an apéritif, and the sweetness for a dessert. A simple-to-make Jacques of all trades. More