Little Nibbles: Challah, Chocolate Wine, New Dim Sum

Warm up a chilly fall Monday morning with the scent of bread baking, the sound of wine pouring and the taste of dim sum on your tongue. A quick round up of all things delicious, in my kitchen, in my city and around the world... First and foremost: It's all about ME! I have a new column on the Seattle Weekly's Voracious Blog: On Monday mornings, you'll now find my recommendations for where to eat on Monday nights (when everything else is closed). Check out my first column, up today, on the Leary Traveler. Fresh Baked Challah The recent Jewish Holidays got me into a baking mode and … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chile Pepper Ice Cream Recipe

I don't really like chocolate, and I'm okay with that. Most people I know aren't. They insist that I'm either lying or delusional, or more likely, both--whatever it is, not loving chocolate is considered inherently suspicious. I, on the other hand use it to justify the many things that I do like (butter, lamb meat, large quantities, sometimes all of those, together--and much more). "Hmm, a fourth serving of sticky rice seems a little bit piggy, but hey, everyone ELSE had chocolate," I say to myself. As is the case with every rule (or mild declaration, in this case), there is an exception. … [Read more...]

The Seattle Chocolate Salon

Commercial candy bars are like Boone's Farm wines--they're what you buy when you're young, naive or broke--and maybe every once in a while for nostalgic reasons. Like wine, the more you know about the intricacies and the wonders of chocolates, the more different types you've tried and tasted, the more that you'll be able to discern what it is you do or don't like. Lastly, much like a wine tasting, when you get to the end, you've got quite a bit of palate fatigue. This weekend I went from a 14 year old brown bagging Strawberry Boone's to a real adult with real chocolate knowledge. When I … [Read more...]