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Giveaway – Le Creuset Doufeu in Flame

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more stunning piece of kitchen equipement as the Le Creuset Doufeu. Seriously – when I took it out of the box, it was art, sitting right there on the stovetop.

You’re probably asking yourself what in the world a doufeu is, and how in the world do you say it? First, let’s start with the pronunciation. A doufeu or Dough-foo is a cast iron French oven made with a special lid specifically designed to baste your food as it cooks.

You see there how the lid is quite large, and has a big “bowl” in the center of it? That bowl is crucial to the Le Creuset genius. The lower part of the pot is like any other Le Creuset you might own – cast iron, covered with enamel, and perfect for searing any of your favorite meats and vegetables.

Where the Doufeu stands apart is in the lid. After you’ve started the cooking process, and you’re simply ready to let everything in the pot simmer, you put the doufeu lid on, and then fill the lid with ice cubes. Yes, ice cubes.

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Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet Recipe & a Giveaway!

One of the greatest things about having a blog is the ability to really come out and support someone or something you really believe in. I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Stern from What\’s Cooking With Kids last year at the BlogHer Food convention in San Francisco. We had quite the adventure in a stretch limo with about 12 other bloggers, something we\’re still laughing about! (And this is quite a dramatic story for another time.)

What I\’ve come to know about Michelle is that she has an all-encompassing passion for getting kids interested and enthused about good food that is good for you. This is a passion close to my own heart, as I wrote in my post about Food vs. Fauxd.

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Spices are important to cooking. If I’m honest, when I think about cooking, the addition of spice is really what makes cooking an art and not just burning hunks of meat and vegetable over flame.

Knowing where your spices come from is important. You wouldn’t believe how different Cinnamon from Vietnam is to Cinnamon from China. Knowing the different flavor profiles can allow you to be a better cook, and create exotically delicious baked goods.

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I’m a Bad Texan

Y’all, I’m a bad Texan.

March 2nd was the 175th Anniversary of Texas Independence Day, and there was not one mention of this by me, anywhere on the Internets. I had plans, OH I had big plans to talk about it extensively. And then March 2nd came and went, and I confess: I forgot. I plain ol’ forgot what date it was (a hazard of working from home), and not a word was said.

What would I have told you about? I’d have told you that Texas has some of the greenest national parks, some of the most beautiful rivers in the United States. That when you envision Texas, if you envision dust and dry desert, you’ve got it wrong (until you get to West Texas, at least).


Sam Houston (a Texan hero, legend, and its first president) once said:

“Texas is the finest portion of the globe that has ever blessed my vision”


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