When I arrived at work today, an email greeted me with the wonderful news that, despite me being the law guru (i.e., NOT part of the conference-coordinating team), my department approved my request to attend BlogHer Food ’11 in Atlanta, expenses paid. Needless to say, I’ve been giddy all morning. Even though I will be working at the conference (I have to earn my keep somehow!), I cannot wait to meet some of my favorite food bloggers, enjoy delicious food, and bond with a few of my BlogHer coworkers.
I love my day job – and especially as a junior attorney, I feel incredibly thankful to feel that way!
If I could have only one cookbook, Andrew Dornenberg and Karen Page’s The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity would be it. During the year that I have owned this book, it has opened up so many avenues and allowed my creativity in the kitchen to blossom. The book is organized alphabetically by ingredient (also contains seasons and regional food categories), and under each ingredient are listed spices, herbs, meats, veggies, fruits, and other ingredients that pair well with your original, selected ingredient, with textural emphasis placed on more classic pairings. (more…)
This was my great grandmother’s pot. There are many like it, but this one was hers.
Without this pot, most of my kitchenware has very little history. Without me, and my mother, and my grandmother, and my great grandmother, this pot would have no history … and probably isn’t worth much either, thanks to a few dings, some discoloration from use, and the lack of a flashy French brand name.
Without this hand-me-down pot, I would have had almost nothing to cook food in when I graduated from UCLA and moved to San Francisco nearly 5 years ago. Without my mother, aunt and grandmother, I might never have learned to cook, bake, and candy-make and might never have known how much I love doing all three.
(Here’s me waving “hi” to you, Mom, from several hundred miles away.)
Happy Mother’s Day!