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Demystifying French Macarons

After too many takes and edits to mention, I finally finished my Project Food Blog entry for challenge #7 titled “Video 411”. Oh, and you do realize that I’ve only made it this far because of you, right? I just wanted to make sure that was clear. :)

Well, for this challenge we were asked to bring out our inner [insert your favorite TV celebrity chef here] and share one of our favorite recipes with you via video.

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Nutty Marbled Banana Bread

Yes… yes… I know. My banana bread slices look a little short. I can explain…. You see, it’s like this.

I faced a major dilemma earlier this week. I was in possession of only two ripe bananas and I wanted to make two loaves of this yummy banana bread.

So, what’s a girl to do?

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Over the hills and through the woods...

It’s off to work we go…

Oh, but before we go, I just wanted to let you know that I’m so thankful for all your votes and awesome comments. It because of them I’m able to keep going, love ya!

Like I said, because of *you* I find myself writing this 6th post in the Project Food Blog challenge.

At first I couldn’t decide in what direction to take this post. Then, I had an aha! moment. I decided I wanted you to get to know me a little better, and that’s why I’m taking you to work. Don’t worry I won’t make you code… unless you want too? 😉

As you can see from the pictures in the film strips above, my drive is actually quite scenic (aside from the gloomy weather). I drive above Lake Elsinore through Cleveland National Forest over Ortega Hwy (This road has more curves than Marilyn Monroe!), a two lane road which then drops me off in San Juan Capistrano. After a quick ride on Interstate 5 and toll road 73 we arrive in beautiful Aliso Viejo, CA.

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Pick your Poison Pizza

Thank you all so much for voting me onto the next round of Project Food Blog, we’ve made it half-way can you believe that?

Before you I present my post for challenge #5, you may be wondering what this challenge titled “Recipe Remix” is all about?

Well, for starters the “Recipe” selected for us was Pizza, and the “Remix” could pretty much be anything. Using molecular gastronomy, sharing your best kept secrets, or totally re-inventing it.

Our pizza criteria was the following: A solid base, a sauce, and at least one topping.

Seems simple enough, right? No, not really… I had the hardest time trying to decide what to make for you. I don’t really have any super secrets to create an amazing pizza. I haven’t had the opportunity to dive into molecular gastronomy just yet, but working my way towards it for sure. And, given the theme of my blog, you know it wasn’t going to be savory. So, dessert pizza it is…

Then, after much thought and deliberation I decided that one dessert pizza just wouldn’t be enough, so I made you two. :)

Who doesn’t love choices right? So, go ahead… pick your poison!

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Joyeux Anniversaire Petit Gourmet

Thank you so much to all who voted for me in the last Project Food Blog challenge!

Up next is challenge number three, a celebratory challenge in which we were asked to organize and host a “Luxury Dinner Party”.

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I was thrilled this challenge coincided with my son’s birthday. Because, let me tell you… this young man is my little gourmet! Not only does he love being my taste-tester, he enjoys and often even offers to lend a hand when I’m in the kitchen. Something that very rearly occurs when it comes to non-kitchen related tasks.

His palette is also quite sophisticated… he started refusing to order from the children’s menu at restaurants a long time ago. Those options were just not *good enough* for him.

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