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Top 13 Recipes of 2013 | She Paused 4 Thought

Top 13 Recipes in 2013 | She Paused 4 Thought

The New Year is almost here so I though we would take a look back at the top 13 posts of 2013. Thanks to all my readers who made this year of blogging so much fun. Continue Reading →

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Chiang Mai Chicken on Endive Spears

Chiang Mai Chicken | She Paused 4 Thought

Recently I was invited to a lunch cooked by Chef Katie Chin, an Asian food expert, cookbook author, TV host and food blogger. The meal was wonderful and Katie was absolutely delightful. She taught us the basics of Thai cooking and how easy it is to bring Thai flavors into our own kitchens.

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Katie showed us how a few ingredients could make beautiful “Pineapple Fried Rice” brilliantly presented in a fresh pineapple. Continue Reading →

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Zucchini Blossoms… painting, procreating & preparation!

Stuffed squash blossoms with chicken sausage
Zucchini blossoms are delicate by design, exquisite to eat, and pleasurable to paint.
But today I didn’t just paint Mother Nature…
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I tampered with it.

Really, it wasn’t my fault – the birds and bees were busy elsewhere. I shamelessly did the bee’s dirty work as I hand-pollinated the zucchini flowers with my artist’s brush. Continue Reading →

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Roasted Cherries with Salmon

I have a love-hate relationship with cherries. I love to eat them and I hate to pick and pit them. Back on the farm in Iowa, we had a sour cherry tree that represented countless hours of pure drudgery to a child. I endured the pain for the taste of my mother’s perfectly latticed tart cherry pie.

After moving to Los Angeles I started craving freshly harvested sour cherries – despite the memories of pitting them. Luckily I discovered Bing cherries. These dark lusciousness gems are sweeter, easier to pick (at the grocery store) and as delicious as cherries from our farm. Unlike the sour cherries, you can pop these sweet treats in your mouth, or cook them in a sweet or savory dish. Continue Reading →

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Duck Breast with Pomegranate Reduction

Duck Breast with Pomegranate Reduction
There is nothing sexier in my book than cooking French. That could explain why I traveled 6,000 miles to take cooking lessons in France from a gifted cook and teacher Susan Herrmann Loomis. Her culinary classes became my destination.

Why French? 

Georges Auguste Escoffier was the first to create systems and simplified rules for cooking. Not only did he create them, he documented them in the fascinating book Le Guide Culinaire. His criteria are still used in Western culinary education and restaurants today.

This might explain why we drink a “Frappé” 
at Starbuck instead of a “drink that is ice blended,” eat crêpes, instead of “very thin pancakes” and “deglaze” a pan instead of “removing the bits of food that cling to a pan, by adding a liquid.” Continue Reading →

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