Meet Britt, one of our resident foodies:
From a small farm town in So Cal to the big city of Los Angeles, Britt is living the life (on a budget but it's fabulous). You can catch her shopping her life away at Buffalo Exchange or Instagramming the latest trendy cafe in town. Not to mention a sucker for a killer Chai Tea Latte!
Meet Julie, our Vineal Vixen:
Julie Gauvin, accredited Junior Wine Expert and current serving Spokeswoman and Retail Director of Vine Winery, will be here to lend her expertise regarding all things wine. But most importantly, she’ll keep it interesting, light and fun for your drinking pleasure. Stay tuned as she helps you figure out what you like, where to find it, and what to pair it with. This newfound knowledge will give you that extra edge at the dinner table with friends, family or even on that hot date you have tonight. Check back every Wednesday to see what's new!
Meet Kasey, our LA Food Blogger:
This East Coast girl has recently traded in her New England Clam Chowda for California Rolls! Kasey has been whipping up delectable dishes in her kitchen since she was 10 years old. Combining ingredients and trying new concoctions became her favorite hobby. Kasey is a fabulous food blogger representing Kasey's Kitchen, her self-proclaimed food blog! Kasey attends a ton of fun food events around town and she is sharing her fun, healthy recipes with us every week!
A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet with the owners of Georgetown Cupcake, Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne. You may know them from their hit show on TLC, DC Cupcakes, and I have to say, these two are as sweet as their cupcakes! They invited me into their Robertson Boulevard location to get the scoop on what makes their cupcakes stand miles above the rest (in my opinion at least), a sneak peek at their latest fall flavors, and learn how to master that signature swirl!
Check out the video below for the interview as well as the recipe for their Caramel Apple Cupcakes. Trust me, you do not want to miss this one!
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This past weekend marked another epic weekend in eating. It was Labor Day Weekend which in the “Foodie Community” means it’s once again time for The Taste! LA Times’ puts on an amazing event at Paramount Studios where over 50 white pop-up tents line the historical backlot. I was lucky enough to attend 3 out of the 5 events and too be honest, I don’t think my waistline could have afforded any more!
The festivities started Friday night with an exclusive Grand Opening Party hosted by Don Julio Tequila complete with a Beatles tribute band. What, no mariachi band?
Day two’s events started with Field to Fork, bringing together local farmers and LA chefs. Russ Parsons, The Times’ Food Editor, hosted the event that was all about showcasing the fresh and local ingredients being offered in some of the city’s best restaurants.
One of my favorite dishes came from Good Girl Dinette in
After taking a few hours to cool off from the brutal heat, I ventured back over to
I had the chance to brave the heat one more day and attend the Labor Day Block Party hosted by The Times' Test Kitchen Director, Noelle Carter. This event focused on one of summer's favorite family pastimes - barbecue! It certainly was a day for the whole family (kids tickets were only $5!) full of balloon animals, face painting, and… oysters. Obviously they had to have something for the whole family and L&E Oysters were shucking out some of the tastiest crustaceans on the block.
See all my photos from The Taste here!
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By Staff Writer: @BrittShab
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As I stumbled back into the office this morning, I realized two things. One, I had a friggin' amazing time this weekend at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. And two, my pants are now too tight.
To say there was an abundance of food would be an understatement. I only grazed the surface of the events that the festival had to offer and I was still left in awe and stuffed. The fact that so many talented chefs from all over the country came together to celebrate the common love for their craft is quite amazing when you think about it, and the fact that they are sharing their favorite dishes with you, well, that's just a privilege.
The first event I attended was Giada's Festa Italiana on Thursday night. This was like the "Opening Ceremonies" of the festival. The event was sprawled out on Grand Avenue right in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, talk about a beautiful backdrop! As you entered the event you grabbed a wine glass and were quickly immersed into the party. There were hundreds of wine vendors in attendance to keep your thirst quenched and plenty of Italian eateries serving up carb-filled dishes to soak it all up.
Some highlights from the night included the amazing burrata and tomato jam from Stella Barra in Santa Monica, the raw bar from Bouchon, and of course meeting the host of the night herself, Giada Di Laurentiis.
The next night it was back to "Grand @ 1st" (where Grand Ave meets 1st Street) for Asian Night Market. Imagine the best of K-Town and Chinatown mixed in with the likes of Mr. Chow, Seoul Sausage, and other great Asian restaurants from all over the country, that's what this night was all about.
My favorite dish of night was a roasted pork and shrimp pancake from 610 Magnolia, too bad I later found out it's in Kentucky! Other highlights were the Duck Bahn Mi from Lola, Kimchi Rice Balls from Seoul Sausage and the Nitris Cotton Candy from Patina. Take a look at what made that dish quickly get the nickname, "The Dragon".
I also had the chance to meet one of the greatest chefs of Asian cuisine on the planet, Chef Masaharu Morimoto. You may remember him from the hundreds "Iron Chef" episodes he's done, but I will now remember him as the guy who got me to eat Octopus Balls.
As if I didn't have enough by now, Day 3 of the event brought me face to face with the "Culinary Comedian" (at least that's what I call him) Chef Fabio Viviani! For those of you who may not know his name, search for any videos of his online and you'll instantly fall in love. Every word that comes out of his mouth cracks me up, and the cute Italian accent doesn't hurt either. Fabio and I have had the chance to meet before so it was great catching up at his live cooking demo where he prepared Fresh Gnocchi and Pesto Sauce.
After hanging out with Fabio, I headed over to LA Center Studios for the Lexus Grand Tasting. This event was seriously the "Who's Who" of the cooking world. Any foodie would have felt like they had died and gone to heaven, I know I did. Chef Brain Malarkey was there, Ziggy Marley's Organics, cheese expert Laura Werlin, and my new friends, Katherine and Sophie of Georgetown Cupcakes. These two were as sweet as could be! They were handing out BOXES of their famed cupcakes and I have to say, I am a convert. These are my new favorite cupcakes in LA. Yup, I said it.
The event was a stellar success. I am beyond grateful that I was able to be part of it. A special thanks to the team at Wagstaff PR for making me feel like a rockstar! Counting down the days (and saving room in my belly) for next year!
See all of Kasey’s pictures from the event on Facebook.
As the end of my tagline on Kasey’s Kitchen, "...on a budget but always classy" suggests, I am always down to find a good deal. But, I'll admit, I've been slacking a bit. Living here in
I recently had the chance to check out Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill in
The folks at Tinhorn Flats were cool enough to let me snag the recipe for the Jalapeno Mac & Cheese. The full recipe is below, so check that out!
Click here to see some of the other mouthwatering dishes Tinhorn Flats serves up daily.
(Makes 6-8 servings)
1 pound penne pasta
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
½ cup jalapeño water, reserved from boiling
5 cups 2% or whole milk
½ stick (¼ cup) unsalted butter
1½ cups onion, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1½ tablespoons pickled jalapeño chilies, minced; or 1 to 2 tablespoons of chipotle in adobo
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups (about 8 ounces) extra sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
½ cup panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta according to package directions (approximately 7 minutes), until it's very al dente. (It will cook more in the oven, so you want to make sure that it doesn't become mushy!) Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
Bring three cups of water to boil in a medium pot. Add the chopped jalapeño pepper and cook over a low boil for 5 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the boiling water.
While pasta is cooking, gradually heat milk in a medium sauce pan over medium low heat, stirring frequently so the milk doesn't scorch.
As the milk is warming, heat the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the garlic and onion, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so the garlic doesn't burn.
When the garlic and onions are tender and lightly browned, but note burned, add the pickled jalapeños, black pepper, cumin, cayenne, and flour stirring to coat. Cook for 30 seconds over low heat, stirring frequently. Mix in the warm milk. Add the jalapeño water as needed to thin out the sauce.
Place pasta in a large oven-proof baking dish. Pour the milk/jalapeño mixture over the top. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Remove dish from the oven, sprinkle panko bread crumbs over pasta, place back into the oven until the crust is golden-brown, approximately 10-15 additional minutes. Serve immediately.
I stumbled into this recipe after having an abundance of blueberries from the farmer's market and a surprise delivery from Duchy Originals. I thought to myself, "Kasey, you're not the best baker in the world... it's time to step up your game!". So I did! Let me know what you think.
2 cups of blueberries
1 cup of white sugar cornstarch
2 1/4 c flour, sifted
1 stick of butter, room temp
1/2 c white sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp lemon zest
For Crumb Topping:
2 tbsp butter
1 package Duchy Originals Lemon All Butter Shortbread
2 tbsp brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a saucepan, combine blueberries and sugar over a low flame and allow for the blueberries to burst and release their juices.
In a small dish, combine a few spoonfuls of the blueberry liquid and one spoonful of cornstarch to start. Whisk together to create a slurry.
Let this mixture cool and thicken.
In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Use a stand mixer to make this easier.
Slowly mix in sifted flour, lemon zest, and salt. The mixture will get very crumbly, keep mixing a bit more and right before you're about it give up, it will get to the dough consistency. Be sure to scrape the edges of the bowl too! This will insure you have all ingredients mixed evenly.
Press the dough into a rectangular glass baking pan. Pour the berry mixture over the top using as much as the fruit as you can. Try to hold off on too much liquid.
To make the crumb topping, pulse together the Duchy cookies, butter and sugar in a food processor or chopper. Sprinkle crumb over the blueberry mixture.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until liquid has completely thickened.
Cut into squares and serve.
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Today (August 13th) is National Filet Mignon Day & to celebrate stop Morton's Steakhouse for $1 Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches. That's right! So grab a drink for happy hour & treat your friends some amazing food! Why? Because it's Tuesday, that's why!
TOMORROW we will have $1 Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches at ALL U.S. locations (except San Juan) open-close. Bar only. While supplies last.— MortonsTheSteakhouse (@Mortons) August 12, 2013
I am so excited to share with you my recap from the California Spirit event that was held last week at The Pacific Design Center in
It was a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in the courtyard of the
The Shrimp Spring Roll from Spago was out of this world.
A fresh and flavorful marinated scallop with compressed watermelon and toasted coconut from Patina.
They had me at burrata. The Foundry was serving up open-faced burrata grilled cheese with tomato jam.
Chef Mohan Ismail of Rock Sugar in
The event concluded by honoring Actress, Host, and Thyroid Cancer survivor, Brooke Burke-Charvet. She spoke about how she looks forward to celebrating her next birthday cancer-free.
As you can tell this garden affair was nothing short of spectacular. The California Spirit event has raised over $15 million to date.
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