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The Bangkok Blush (a color-changing cocktail)

The Bangkok Blush (a color-changing cocktail)

Blue foods are striking (and rare) all by themselves, but add a little lime juice and this emerald blue elixir will *magically* change into a brilliant purple. I've named my little cocktail the Bangkok Blush. And the flavor? A dangerously drinkable mix of Thai basil, gin and fresh lime juice....
Braided Racerback Tank

Braided Racerback Tank

I've cooked up something a little different: a sewing pattern! With just one little seam and about 20 minutes, you can turn an old tshirt into this racerback tank.
Pizza with Egg, Arugula and Chanterelles

Pizza with Egg, Arugula and Chanterelles

My new favorite pizza: mushrooms, fresh bitter greens and a whole egg cooked right on top.
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Yellow Food Roundup!

Yellow Food Roundup!

Rainbow recipes week 3: yellow foods! I've rounded up some of the prettiest little plant foods you could ask for--- all in gorgeous sunny hues. Edible flowers, vibrant fruits, a root that will dye anything yellow, this week's collection has a huge variety of ways to bring a little more yellow to your cooking.
Orange Food Roundup!

Orange Food Roundup!

It’s week two of my rainbow-themed colorful foods project. Time for some orange foods! While red foods can get their pigment from many different types of molecules, orange foods primarily get their pigment from carotenoids. Carotenoids can make red, yellow or orange pigments in plants. For animals they can satisfy several essential nutritional functions, notably...
Curried Coconut Ice Cream with Mango Chutney

Curried Coconut Ice Cream with Mango Chutney

If you think that curry doesn't belong anywhere near your dessert, then think again. This ice cream balances just a touch of spiciness with rich, creamy coconut milk for a flavor that is every bit as satisfying as spicy/creamy rice pudding. Oh, and it's (accidentally) vegan.
Yucatan Style Roasted Trout

Yucatan Style Roasted Trout

It's the first week of cooking up a rainbow: get ready for one heck of a red dish! In my version of the Yucatan dish, tikin xic , a white fish turns bright red, then gets served up with the tastiest pickled (red) onions I've ever had.
Red Food Roundup!

Red Food Roundup!

Naturally red foods are both beautiful and packed with antioxidants. I've rounded up some of my favorites along with ideas to help add some red to your cooking.
The Taste of Color

The Taste of Color

Anyone who cares about food knows how important color is. But why, exactly? I've collected a few compelling snippets of food/color theory. Also: I'm starting a rainbow-themed odyssey of recipes.
Lacy Chocolate Dessert Bowls

Lacy Chocolate Dessert Bowls

Because chocolate is such a precious ingredient, I always want to make the most of it. And sometimes that means making a dramatic presentation with a small quantity of chocolate.  I wanted to make a pretty, delicate chocolate container that was not too difficult (or time consuming) to make and did not require special equipment....
Small Batch Tempered Chocolate

Small Batch Tempered Chocolate

Tempered chocolate work doesn't have to just be for chocolatiers with big fancy kitchens. Here's my guide for tempering small batches of chocolate in under ten minutes with kitchen tools you already have. (Really!)
Olive Oil Granola

Olive Oil Granola

Bakery-style granola can be both addictive and satisfying, they're also rather expensive. Even using top notch ingredients you can get a lot more granola for your buck when you make it yourself. I whipped up a fancy new granola recipe, complete with pedigreed ingredients (almonds, olive oil, sea salt). This granola is fancy...
When good foods turn bad pt. 3: herbs & spices

When good foods turn bad pt. 3: herbs & spices

Herbs and spices are the flavor-packed secret weapons of every inventive cook. But when they lose their characteristic aromas, that dish you remembered tasting spectacular might turn out a bit blah. So here’s a few tips to help keep your aromatics aromatic just a little longer.
Magnetic Spice Rack

Magnetic Spice Rack

It’s spring cleaning time, everyone! So what better excuse to sort through and organize your spices? Looking for spice storage can be extremely frustrating. (Too big! Not enough jars! Don’t even think of taking up my counter space!) So I schemed up my own more flexible storage system. And it’s sooooo simple: just tins, glue...
White Bean Spread

White Bean Spread

White beans have an exceptionally creamy texture, but a more delicate flavor than chick peas. Pair them with garlic, good olive oil and a few herbs and before you know it you'll have a creamy, delicious spread more subtle (but no less addictive) than hummus.