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How To Make Sushi Rice and a Zojirushi Rice Cooker Giveaway!

by Valerie September 7, 2011
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This week, Karen and I got to make one of my favorite foods of all time: sushi. I've often posed the question to friends and family of what their last meal on earth would be if they could choose it and although I personally waver between tacos, pizza and chocolate chip cookies for my second […]

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The Low Down On Wine: Interview With An Expert

by Karen January 26, 2011
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There are some jobs I want. Michael Cristillo has one of them.  He's the wine and spirits buyer for Bristol Farms, a gourmet and specialty food retailer in California that I'm a big fan of (they have some of the most outstanding produce outside farmers markets, in my opinion).  And as the buyer, he gets […]

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Essential Salts For Your Kitchen

by Karen January 10, 2011
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Salt. Arguably, the most important ingredient in the kitchen and dare I say, the most important mineral in the world? I mean, just think about where food would be without it.  Food would just be sustenance: a vegetable here, a hunk of meat there. With salt, and more importantly different types of salt, simple ingredients […]

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Valerie’s Slightly Unconventional List of Foodie Gifts

by Valerie December 11, 2010
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Well it’s that time of year again, which means a couple of things.  Family and friends and love and joy and all that good stuff.  But it also means stress, dunnit?  All that love must be repaid with gifts!  So to make that process a little easier, Karen has put together a fun list of […]

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Karen’s Holiday Gift Guide: Find the Perfect Gift for a Foodie

by Karen December 7, 2010
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This time of the year can be a real pain.  The stress of buying gifts for your loved ones is exacerbated by crowded stores and other grouchy, stressed-out holiday shoppers.  I've put together a list of holiday goodies that I absolutely love and I'm pretty sure others would be psyched to receive.  The list has […]

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How to Make Chicken Broth

by Karen November 17, 2010
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This week’s dish, sopa de quinua (quinoa soup) couldn’t be easier.  That is, if you’re not making broth from scratch.  I’m all about taking short cuts when you can (my pantry is full of “Better Than Bouillon” and boxed stocks) but nothing quite replaces homemade chicken broth/stock.   Here are a few tips and a recipe […]

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How to Deseed a Pomegranate in Seconds (The Art of Eating Pomegranate Seeds)

by Karen November 10, 2010
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Every now and then, little things will remind me how incredible nature is.  Take the pomegranate.  Tough, leathery, dull on the outside.  Crack it open and it reveals clusters of jewel-toned red fleshy seeds that are sweet and tart.  When I was little, a house on our block grew pomegranate trees in the front yard.  […]

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23 Fabulous Cooking Blogs I Love to Read

by Valerie November 3, 2010
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As you may or may not know, I am the not-necessarily-culinarily-gifted half of Globetrotter Diaries. I love cooking, I love eating and I love exploring cultures through food, but on Fridays I leave the cooking up to Karen and serve as occasional sous chef and photography assistant (and taste tester, of course). One of the […]

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How to Whip Egg Whites – 6 Tips to Get Those Perfect Peaks

by Valerie October 6, 2010
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So since this Friday we’re making a souffle, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to talk about the very delicate art of whipping egg whites. One of the most crucial steps of making a successful souffle is whipping your egg whites into stiff, firm peaks that are light and weightless and stand up […]

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