Browsing all articles from November, 2012

Roasted Pepper Crostini Smeared with Abbe May and Girls in Suede

Back in Medieval times it was common for Italian peasants to eat their meals on slices of bread rather than use ceramics (I heard, but can’t confirm with any reliable sources, that it was the guy’s turn to do the dishes and he became so incensed with the idea of having to work after  eating that he decided the family should just skip the plates […]


Looks Can Be Deceiving: Dirty Smoothie, the 1975 and Billion Ocean

There are times I find myself walking through bakeries wanting to buy everything they have. Their cakes look so fluffy and professional, the pies seem to be overfilling with fruity flavors, the cookies are as big as your face, the cupcakes smooth like…you get the point. I usually wait in line patiently while the smiling, happy customers in front of me get served. When I […]


Baker’s Dozen: Interview with Lovegrenade

In our latest installment of the  Baker’s Dozen Interview Series, we spend some time talking to Lovegrenade about the perks and challenges of being a band from Tel Aviv. We also hit on Ted Nugent and Right Said Fred, being messengers in a big spacey blob, killing yourself and very bad stand up comedians. It is Tel Aviv’s Lovegrenade right now on your computer screen […]


Mistakes That Worked: Gauntlet Potatoes

“My sister wants perfectly creamy mashed potatoes. She doesn’t like any lumps.” -J-Fur Bang, clatter…I nearly jumped out of my apron when that gauntlet hit the floor. I turned to make sure I had heard her right and the look on her face said it all. I swallowed loudly and turned back to my work. Nothing like a little pressure to really get a Thanksgiving […]


Of Cobras and Rabbits: A Nearly Vegan Thanksgiving

For the second year in a row J-Fur and I hosted Thanksgiving at our place. Her sister and parents were in attendance. Here are the highlights of some of the great tastes that we enjoyed: Appetizers Spiced Almonds Roasted Apple Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Pizza Salad Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Pepitas Soup Carrot and Ginger and White Bean Side Dishes Stuffing […]


Where We Eat: Cafe Fresco & Bakery and Jumpiter

Cafe Fresco & Bakery is located at the corner of an unassuming strip mall on State Road 56 near Wesley Chapel. I drove by it hundreds of times without even giving it a second glance. One of my co-workers lives near it so after a meeting this summer we stopped by for lunch. Since then I have been there three more times. The place is […]


Calabacitas Burritos with Homemade Flour Tortillas and Crushed Out

On Saturday I did something I hadn’t done for the entire year of 2012…I bought new clothes. Save for a pair of work shoes, I hadn’t purchased any running outfits, socks, dress clothes, shorts, jeans, hats…anything. But  J-Fur told me about some sale at one of those corporate clothing chains and, with the image of recently discarded shorts in my head, I decided to make […]


Dried Cranberry and Walnut Salad Dehydrated by The Sweet Serenades, When We Were Giants, Little Daylight and Adventurine

This week the farmer’s market offered bags and bags of cranberries at rock bottom prices. I decided to get one with plans of baking and shaking some amazing things. As the purchase date moved farther away and the expiration date came closer my motivation dwindled to the point that I threw them in a salad with some pears and thought I’d call it a night. […]


Food Pairing 101: What goes well with Anna Krantz’s Foundation EP?

Back in June, soulful British singer-songwriter Anna Krantz unleashed her new EP, Foundation. Mixing a little bit of Nashville, some Carole King and K.D. Lang with messages of love, friendship and growing up, Foundation, shows an artists ability to take music and themes that are commonplace and make them there own. Anna does this in a way that forces the listener to not retreat back […]