Sunday, November 25, 2012

Flora Grub--An Amazing Nursery!!!!

A nursery for the soul!  Simply amazing!!!

vertical hanging garden of succulents

164 Jerrold Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 626-7256
Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

and....there's even a Ritual Coffee Shop on the premises!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thomas Keller at Flavor! Napa Valley! & Recipe for Puree of Sunchoke Soup

I had the pleasure of attending a demonstration by Chef Keller last weekend at the Culinary Institute of America! It was amazing! I followed it up by volunteering at his book signing event. I had a great time taking pictures of the attendees with the Chef, and had one taken too!

Thomas Keller's Puree of Sunchoke Soup

1/2 cup          thinly sliced yellow onion
1/4 cup          extra virgin olive oil
2 3/4 cup       sunchokes, peeled and sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1 tbsp.           salt
1 tsp.             sugar

Heat a large heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium heat.  Add olive oil , onions and salt.  Sweat the onions until they are soft and translucent.

Add the sunchokes and enough water or stock to just cover the sunchokes and bring to a gentle simmer.  Cook until the sunchokes are very soft.  Transfer the contents of the pot to a blender and puree.  Strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve and adjust the seasoning with salt and sugar.  Optional, add croutons to garnish and enjoy!

Cupcakes! Cupcakes!

Check out these adorable cupcakes I created for my friend's son's birthday!  Happy Birthday Richard Jr.! Many happy returns!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Southern Party!

It's not just about the flowers.  I love to cook too!  Check out some pictures from a Southern Party that I hosted!

Bourbon and mint for the classic mint julip!  Oh, and don't forget the moonshine!

mini mac n' cheese

 spinach dip!

jalapeno poppers!

chicken wings, carrots and celery