Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Local 123 Cafe Aug 27 2012



Most excellent.

Liking lots of lattes lately Jul 2 2012

Very delicious latte

I’ve been enjoying lattes from various locales lately. This picture is one of my definite favorites – made with Strauss Family Creamery whole milk at Cafe 504 in Oakland.

More of my latte photos:


How to cook steak Mar 29 2012

This looks like the right way to do it.

Top tips from this video by UK chef Heston Blumenthal:

  1. Dry-age your steak by removing it from the package 2 days in advance and leave it exposed in the fridge.
  2. Let steak come to room temperature before cooking it.
  3. Heat oil in pan to smoking point – very hot pan!
  4. Salt steak (save pepper for later, it will scorch).
  5. Flip steak every 15-20 seconds.
  6. Remove from heat once temperature reaches desired state of doneness.
  7. Let rest for at least 5 additional minutes.

Can’t wait to try it!

Delicious Recipe: Undefeated Rainbow Racer Brownies Jan 10 2012

These are the best brownies in the world. Don’t believe me? Make them and see for yourself.  This is my sister Naomi’s favorite brownie recipe, adapted from one my mom used to make.


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Undefeated Rainbow Racer Brownies
Type: Dessert
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Serves: 6
Naomi's Story:
Here's the background of these fabulous, moist brownies. When I was eight years old I played soccer for the Rainbow Racers and we were undefeated. My mom made these brownies for us and boy--they are so good you'll eat them all day!
  • 2 sticks butter (1 c.)
  • ½ c. cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • ¾ c. flour
  • 1½ t. vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • NO NUTS! (1 c. toasted if you must)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Melt butter and cocoa in microwave, stirring often.
  3. Beat eggs, adding sugar slowly.
  4. Add warm mixed butter and chocolate; blend in flour, vanilla (and nuts).
  5. Beat well.
  6. Bake in greased and floured 8" pan for 35 minutes or so. Important: DO NOT OVERBAKE! Brownies will be very moist in the middle (that's the best part). Toothpick test is not accurate for these yummy brownies.

Let me know what you think!

Michael came over and made baked pancakes that were spectacular Jan 26 2008

So tasty, cooked in a bed of golden melted butter in a well-seasoned iron skillet. Each one is baked for 13 minutes, and rises up over the edges of the pan. We made savory and sweet. Sweet didn’t have any additions to the pancake batter. The savory had pancetta and manchego cheese added. So good.

See the rest of the pictures over on our Serafini Studios Kitchen Food Blog : Baked Pancakes

Sourdough Starter: Day 0 Sep 18 2007

Day 0 of sourdough starter madness

After all the wonderful bread that Kristin’s been making, I thought I’d look into trying to make my own sourdough. I’m pretty sure this way lies madness. But I’m giving it a shot. After Googling for info on making sourdough (the ultimate DIY bread) I just mixed together 1 cup water with 1 cup flour in a bowl, and we’ll see where we go from here.

This looks like a good recipe for both starter and Berkley sourdough bread:
Science of Bread: Basic Sourdough Starter Recipe

Serendipity Ice Cream is Exquisite. Sep 10 2007

Serendipity Ice Cream is Exquisite

If you’ve forgotten what truly amazing ice cream tastes like, you should try some Serendipity ice cream. It’s made right here in St. Louis, and it is just exquisite. We’ve been eating the Gooey Butter Cake ice cream and the Gold Coast (double chocolate) flavors.

I am not kidding when I say that we have been serving it in our shallow bowls. So we can literally lick them out once we’re done. It is that good.

We buy ours from Local Harvest which is a long walk (or easy bicycle ride) from our house.

If you have the opportunity I completely recommend this delicacy.

Serendipity Ice Cream – St. Louis, MO

Serendipity Ice Cream is Exquisite

Yummy Sep 6 2007

Goat cheese melted over garden tomatoes with tamarind chutney on homemade bread

Tasty tomatoes.

Kasugai Muscat Gummy Aug 9 2004

Muscat Gummy
I love these, not only because they taste good, but also because “…Its translucent color so alluring & its taste and aroma so gentle and mellow offer admiring feelings of a graceful lady.”

Kasugai Muscat Gummy

Its translucent color so alluring and taste and aroma so gentle and mellow offer admiring feelings of a graceful lady. Enjoy soft and juicy Kasugai Muscat Gummy.

Listen to: Kasugai Muscat Gummy audio (courtesy AT&T Research Labs)

You can buy them at iKoreaPlaza – Online Korean Supermarket Selling Kimchi, Ramen, CDs, Korean Food & Grocery amongst other places.

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