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Merry Christmas! <3

A dark chocolate and almond Christmas tree with powdering of confectionary sugar. Gotten from the charming little Cocova chocolate shop in Adams Morgan. Thank god for them!

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Holiday Lunch in Annapolis, Md.

Dessert first! Of course. Snowman box, gotten from Jacks 99 Cent store. Whadda steal. Homemade Brazilian truffles inside by Em. Four flavors, clockwise from 12 o’clock — pistachio, chocolate sprinkles, cinnamon pecan, cocoa powder. Here’s how you make ’em. Em’s flaky curry beef pie and veggie springroll. Mama Hsu’s sticky brown rice and eggs (Taiwanese:… Read more »

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Tartines & Fruit: Breakfast of … My Guests (ie, Champions)

Guests are awesome because it gives me an excuse to ramp up my usual daily routine and embellish on the little things. The best part is that I get to share whatever it is I end up doing with others — namely my guests! My cousin Ellen & her bf Mykie, happen to be Cali… Read more »

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Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child!

  “You have to eat to cook. You can’t be a good cook and be a noneater. I think eating is the secret to good cooking.” Today would have been Julia’s 100th birthday. Google has a special tribute (pictured left). Chefs across the country are creating special menus (check out a special JC100 round-up of Washington,… Read more »

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Raspberry Cream: Summertime Sandwich Cookies

Last week, I had the very rare occasion of hosting guests hailing all the way from Deutschland! So I decided they deserved a special sweet treat from the House of Hsu-Pfeiffer. Mostly, I was giddy to make cookies for someone other than Sven and me… I shed the customary guilt for every decadent tablespoon of… Read more »

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What’s for dinner at mousybabe HQ

Things have been kind of hectic at Mousybabe HQ, with travels to Mexico and LA, a DC Clov show, Crafty Bastards, and also some serious movin’ and packin’. Sometimes this forces us to streamline our basic daily requirements, such as the always-joyful, always-scintillating Food Question… What ever shall I eat today? At Whole Foods the… Read more »

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Pumpkin Patch Porn

WTF. The food porn industry has zero shame. This glistening squash soup in a perfectly adorable pumpkin bowl showed up on my Facebook news feed yesterday. Recipe for this bowl of temptation is here, compliments of the Food Network. Ah, pumpkin. The one redeeming factor of the end of summer.

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il Buco, a Trip to Rustic Italy

Good restaurants are a dime a dozen in New York City, but I found me a real gem this week: a charming wine cellar-restaurant called il Buco. This is one of those restaurants that makes you feel like you’re in a different country when you’re in it, in this case rustic Italy. Wildflowers and antique… Read more »

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Sweetness, Sweetness. Bigmouth, La.

(note The Smiths reference. Exit Clov is getting ready to pick a Smiths song to record for a compilation!) So our cousin Ellen’s in town and you know what that means – time to overeat. We have an uncanny genetic ability to appreciate food. Some snapshots of food we’ve already inhaled. Coco Sala 929 F… Read more »

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Strangeness in Taiwan: Installment #2

It was a little bizarre that there were 7-11’s everywhere in Taiwan. Even weirder was seeing them sell traditional Taiwanese food that I’d only ever seen at home in a pot on the stove! They had brown tea eggs (“loh neng” in Taiwanese) … a pile of tea eggs steaming in a pot by the… Read more »