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Chefs’ Holidays 2014 in Yosemite

Friday, 31. January 2014 5:25

A beautiful day in Yosemite National Park.

A beautiful day in Yosemite National Park.

 

Last week in Yosemite National Park, kids in shorts kicked around a soccer ball, seniors played a game of croquet, and the mules were let out in winter for the first time in decades.

The park may have lacked its usual blanket of snow, but it had an abundance of celeb chefs.

That’s because it was time for Chefs’ Holidays at the majestic Ahwahnee Hotel. The annual event in January and February features acclaimed chefs from all over the country. In each session, three different chefs are featured. Guests get to enjoy a meet-and-greet reception with the chefs, watch each of the chefs do a demo, then enjoy a gala five-course dinner prepared either by one of the chefs or all three of them.

The Ahwahnee -- minus any snow.

The Ahwahnee — minus any snow.

Deer nibble in a meadow behind the hotel.

Deer nibble in a meadow behind the hotel.

Rock sculptures created by visitors to Mirror Lake.

Rock sculptures created by visitors to Mirror Lake.

This was my second time back as a moderator for two of the sessions.

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Meet the Food Gal at Macy’s Valley Fair with the Chefs From Palo Alto Grill

Monday, 27. January 2014 5:26

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At a loss as to what special dishes to cook up to wow your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day?

Come to Macy’s Valley Fair in Santa Clara at 2 p.m. Feb. 1 to learn from the best. I’ll be hosting a cooking demo with husband-and-wife team, Executive Chef Ryan Shelton and Pastry Chef Yoomi Shelton, both of the Palo Alto Grill in downtown Palo Alto. They’ll show you how to create the perfect savory dish and can’t-miss sweet treat for that romantic holiday.

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Meet the Food Gal at Two January Events

Wednesday, 8. January 2014 5:26

Chocolate Mudslide Cookies by Pastry Chef Rodney Cerdan. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

Chocolate Mudslide Cookies by Pastry Chef Rodney Cerdan. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

Dying for a taste of those rich, gooey, chocolatey cookies above?

You know you are.

Then, come by Omnivore Books in San Francisco, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, for a taste. I’ll be signing copies of my debut cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table” (Lyons Press) with Pastry Chef Rodney Cerdan of Prospect in San Francisco and Chef Will Pacio of Spice Kit, with locations in San Francisco and Palo Alto.

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Both chefs are featured in my cookbook and will be bringing treats to the event.

The “Chocolate Mudslide Cookies” are not only full of chocolate goodness, but also bits of home-made toffee that sometimes overflow out of the cookies  just like a real mudslide. And yes, the recipe is featured in the book.

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The Goodies You’ll Find In My New Cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table”

Wednesday, 27. November 2013 5:25

A dusting of cinnamon completes this anise semolina cake from Aziza that's perfect for the holidays.

A dusting of cinnamon completes this anise semolina cake from Aziza that’s perfect for the holidays.

 

Drum roll, please: My debut cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table,” (Lyons Press) arrives next week.

Available easily on Amazon, it makes for a perfect holiday gift without having to trudge to the mall on Black Friday, too.

The cookbook features spotlights on 54 of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top restaurants, along with 70 of their signature recipes.

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To rev up your taste buds, I thought I’d tell you about some of the recipes you’ll find in the book:

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An Invitation to My First Signings for My Debut Cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table”

Wednesday, 13. November 2013 5:25

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I’m still in a daze about it — but thrilled to announce — the publication of my first cookbook, “San Francisco Chef’s Table” (Lyons Press), which will be released in early December.

The book spotlights 54 of the Bay Area’s top restaurants and their signature recipes, along with gorgeous photos by Craig Lee, the former photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Food section.

Craig and I will be signing copies of the book at upcoming events with some of the chefs featured in the cookbook. We hope you’ll be able to join us to share in the excitement. Mark you calendar now:

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