Great Holiday Gift Idea? Great Food Starts Fresh

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Cooking For Solutions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium 2013

If you have ever wondered what the best food event of the year is, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Cooking for Solutions annual event ranks pretty darn high – if not right at the top of the list.

This year will be my third year as one of the guest chef’s at what they call their “grand culinary celebration,” an awesome 3 day event, focused on sustainability and raising awareness about the health of the oceans.

I’ll be cooking, speaking and signing my cookbook over the weekend on the Aquarium deck (with the ocean as a backdrop) and I’ll also be teaming up with one of my favorite chocolate companies, TCHO, and their head chocolatier, Brad, to do a seminar on how their chocolate goes from pod to my delicious pot de creme and other tasty desserts (tastings included)!

There are so many wonderful events to choose from throughout the weekend: from galas, to trips to vineyards, to special breakfasts, to food and wine adventures.

Super-sous, Latte and I will be there and I hope you will consider coming too. Whether you’re an adventurous foodie traveling on your own or with your family, Monterey + the Aquarium + this event = perfection.

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Sunset Savor the Central Coast

Holy Latte!

I am so excited to share that I will be cooking, speaking and signing my cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, at Sunset Savor the Central Coast which is taking place September 27 – 30 in San Luis Obispo. I’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday on the “Farmers Market To Meal” stage.

It’s going to be a great event with talented chefs like Susan Feniger, Rick Moonen, Ted Allen and my dear friend, Aarti Sequeira.

There will be excellent food, wine and entertainment…  I guarantee it will be a delicious time, so come on out and enjoy the weekend!


Family Meals

This week in Maine, Super-sous and I have been cooking for ourselves plus Super-sous’ two sisters and two nephews.

It’s been wonderful to seek out the seasonal produce on offer (read: corn, blueberries, green beans, zucchini and did I mention blueberries?) and cook it up for the family, all the while, teaching/cooking with one of Super-sous’ nephews (14 years old) and sharing how to prepare each dish.

Last night was local mussels with a garlic, white wine butter sauce (sopped up with local sourdough bread), the night before was hamburgers with homemade barbecue sauce and a romaine lettuce bun (aka “protein style”) alongside a local corn and green been salad. (Many of these recipes are from my cookbook!)

What’s on the menu tonight? None other than my 4 cheese macaroni and cheese with sage brown butter breadcrumbs. Sure to be a big hit with the kids.

Best part of it all? When it’s too hot in the kitchen, we’re thrilled. It means a jump in the lake and quick swim to cool off.

Yes, Latte and I could get used to this.