On Tuesday, my brother came over. Our original plans were to toast our mom on the anniversary of her passing. I’d picked up a fantastic French bottle of champagne and I was going to prepare some local quail I’d procured.

In reality, we watched a hilarious hillbilly slasher flick and ate junk food.…

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I really need no excuse to have friends over for dinner, cocktails, and conversation. Whether it’s a planned gathering with a big sit down dinner or something more impromptu, I love to have people in my home and feed them.

Goat Cheese Mousse, An Easy Simple Elegant Holiday Appetizer No Cook, Goat Cheese, Whipped Cream, Salt, Pepper, Chives

I realize that not everyone feels as comfortable in this realm, and that planning parties and festive dishes can fill people with anxiety- even a sense of dread at times.…

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Welcome to part two of Design and Branding for Bloggers or Food Blog Design Bootcamp. This is a series created by The Cusinerd and Me, The Tomato Tart.

In part one, we talked about:
basic brand elements
mission statements
and your voice
I ended the last post with a pretty bold statement.…

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WHAT IS YOUR BRAND?
There are roughly 179 million blogs on the web.
98,500 more blogs will be created in the next 24 hours.
There will be more than 1.1 million blog posts in that same time period.

Design & Branding For Bloggers 2011- design trends blogger branding bootcamp food bloggers

The numbers are huge. They can seem overwhelming, and statistics like that can make a person wonder how one little blog can shine in a sea of hundreds of millions.…

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It’s that time again, when we turn to our vintage cookbook and create something new, and hopefully spectacular. This month, after a year of working our way through the old one, Christianna has selected a new book.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt

We have moved on to The Second Ford Treasury of Favorite Recipes From Famous Eating Place.…

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I wrote, earlier this week, about my approach to the holidays. If you haven’t seen it, you’ll find it here. (You’ll also find a pretty great recipe for vegan pumpkin chocolate chunk cake).

Pine cones in the park

Today, I realized I was absolutely exhausted. After having gotten up at 6 yesterday to bake a blackberry rosemary hazelnut cake for an event hosted by Driscoll’s berries, I walked in the door at 11pm last night.…

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It’s official; we’re firmly planted in the middle of the holiday season. The irony of the most wonderful time of the year is that we’re so busy, few of us have time to truly enjoy it. Instead of feeling calm & bright many of us feel stress and pressure.  Whether it’s the need to create a magazine-ready holiday home or to find the ever-elusive Perfect Gift, it’s easy to get wrapped up (pardon the pun) in things that are less than important.…

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This year we’ll be lightening up our Thanksgiving dinner with a vegan Thanksgiving Feast.  Joshua has to work in the afternoon, so after our early Thanksgiving lunch,  some friends and I will be making sandwiches and pumpkin-spiced hot cocoa. We’ll be passing it out along with socks, beanies, and gloves to homeless people here on the San Francisco streets.…

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