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Cooking for Luv - Blanching Broccolini

22 Jan It’s Easy Being Green

It's Easy Being Green  My dad grew up loathing green vegetables. His mother cooked them to death, either heating canned greens or turning fresh vibrant broccoli, green beans, and asparagus to mush through excessive boiling. It took years of deprogramming by my mom and a budding love of cooking to discover that it wasn't the veggies that were the problem, but the old school cooking methods my grandmother brought to the table from her upbringing in England and the busy life of raising three boys in the 1950/60s. What he finally found was that it is so sublimely easy to make green vegetables retain their bright color, crisp texture, and incredible natural flavor that even the most novice of home cooks can produce a killer side of greens that will leave veggie haters asking for seconds. The secret weapon: Blanching. The truth is, my grandma was on the correct path- boiling IS the...

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Cooking for Luv - Farmers Market Veggies

12 Jan Farmers Market Luv

 Farmers Market Luv This week I had the pleasure of dining with Heather, a truly fabulous woman, diehard foodie, and long-time team member of Maggie’s Farm- one of my favorite vendors at the Sunday Farmers Market on Main Street in Santa Monica. We got to talking about the laundry list of Farmers Market shopping pleasures and how it is truly a perfect day date destination.The Farmers Market is a sensual assault on the senses. The technicolor spectrum of the produce, the pungent smell of the herbs, the juicy burst of the fruit samples, the buttery texture of the leafy greens, the vibrant sounds of the crowd, the visual pleasure of seeing ingredients in their unpackaged/natural/gorgeous/naked state…I could go on forever. What could be a more amazing setting to share a chill hour or two with someone you love?When my guy and I head over on a lazy Sunday morning, we slowly...

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Cooking for Luv – Make a Menu and Schedule

03 Jan All About Timing

All About Timing (or, Timing: My Mortal Enemy) Timing is one of the biggest challenges for a cook (at any level) when entertaining any size group.  Getting your dishes to the right temperature at the right time for your guests is super stressful and tough, and it is something that only gets easier with time and practice. Even though I still struggle with it (often), I have put together some of my simple tips and tricks to help make your dinner party a stress-less and perfectly timed success!  WRITE OUT A MENU AND A SCHEDULE I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten to serve one of my dishes, or missed the finishing step on a recipe because of the inevitable chaos that surrounds serving time. Making a menu for yourself with notes and timing will keep you focused, organized, and will save your butt time and time again. I usually scribble...

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Cooking for Luv - Lemons

01 Jan Cooking for Luv Ingredient Staples

There are a few things that I keep constantly stocked in my kitchen, no matter what the meal is I always seem to use some combination of them in every cooking session.Morton's Kosher Salt A little salt can elevate and intensify all the flavors in a dish. I prefer Kosher Salt over your garden variety table salt for a few reasons....

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31 Dec 6 Tips for a Hot Dinner Date at Home

Whenever I meet someone new, and IT is starting to cook, it makes ME want to cook. Admittedly, part of the appeal is the ease of accessibility to the bedroom--because, you know, I always like to crawl right into bed and have a good long sleep after filling my belly....

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30 Dec 10 Commandments of the At Home Dinner Date

There’s nothing more romantic than a dinner date a home. Without the distractions of a restaurant, all of the focus can be on you and your date. You’ll find that the conversation will be more comfortable and honest. And of course, women love men who can cook. But when you’re cooking for someone else, it’s like you’re putting on a little show, and the pressure can be a bit nerve-racking....

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29 Dec Sexy Dinner Date: The Do’s and Don’ts by Chef Fabio Viviani

When going on a dinner date, either at home or in a restaurant, there are several “Foodie” Do’s and Don’ts that, if you follow, should help you lock in another date! Not all great food is date food! You want a delicious meal to also be a sexy meal. Sexy food, to me, is food that will make you look good, that is well presented, and that will certainly please your date. ...

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