Flattery through Imitation, Le Pré Catelan

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery-Charles Caleb Colton Our Green Apple Sugar Sphere was directly inspired by the iconic La Pomme dessert from Frédéric Anton and Christelle Brua of the Paris’s three star Michelin, Le Pré Catelan. Although Alen and I...

Dulce de Leche at Home

Making dulce de leche at home is super easy. As a matter of fact, there are only truly three ingredients that you need. Well, four really, if you count time, which is the ingredient you need the most of for this recipe. Don’t start this project unless you have 4...

The Apple Pie Project with a Vegan Twist

Our annual Apple Pie project is one that we truly cherish. We really love this time of year and the joy that a good pie can bring to a family. We’ve had a long tradition of making pies year after year. The greatest satisfaction is when you take a bite of your...

Mantra

One of our pastry cooks left this quote for us to find this morning. Only four little words, but especially meaningful. Everyday is a new opportunity to push ourselves to accomplish more than the day before. Some days are amazing, some are better than others, and some...

The Fruit of Love

Did you know that quince have historically been associated with love, fertility and marriage? I wasn’t aware of this fruit’s rich lineage until recently, when I was preparing a Quince Tarte Tatin with a variety called “Smyrna” Quince. As I...

Accidental Innovators, The Tarte Tatin

Once in a blue moon, when we make recipe errors or technical mistakes in the kitchen, “happy accidents” result. Often, we overhear our cooks trying to imagine how marshmallows or buttercream came into existence – what poor nervous commis accidentally...

Purple Beans

Haricots Violets are a beautiful indication of “summer”  in San Francisco. The best way to preserve the color and freshness is to eat them raw or pickle them in jars or in vacuum sealed food bags. The color comes from a concentration of anthocyanins which...

Coconut, White Raspberry and Yogurt

Carolyn and I really love coconut, so when we were presented with the challenge to create an “all white” plated composition, we naturally gravitated towards building a dish with coconut as a major flavor component. The flavor profile of yogurt, golden...

Niabell Grape Shots

Niabell grapes are in season right now- and they are exploding with flavor! Niabell grapes have a lot of the same characteristics of the Concord variety- same deep purple color, same thick skin and seeds and same amazing grape bubblegum juicy flavor explosion! A true...

Edit, Get It?

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” – Coco Chanel It takes a well seasoned and mature Chef to practice restraint in the kitchen. So often, young, inexperienced cooks tend to add ingredient after ingredient to a...

Repetition in Preparation, or How to Succeed in Cooking

Cooks are funny people. We are just as superstitious as athletes or performers when it comes to our work. Maybe lucky underwear isn’t our thing, but finding a certain pot, spoon or that awesome quarter cooling rack can literally make or break a day’s...
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