Really, the answer is, what doesn’t?! How about salted caramel? I only burned myself a little (ok, a lot, hot caramel is HOT!) but the girls at the office confirmed these are YUM…Thanks Danny Macaroons for publishing a cookbook so we can all bake up your deliciousness at home. What to try next? Spiced pumpkin? Eggnog? Tiramisu? Red velvet with cream cheese frosting? Pretzel-potato chip-Butterfinger? (Yes, for real) Oh my…This weekend was a beautiful Saturday to be outside, then a temperature drop on Sunday that made it feel so good to stay home and make hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick and Bulleit Bourbon (thanks Carter at Diageo), Serious Eats’s recipe for Cheesy Mashed White Beans with Kale, Parmesan and a Fried Egg (thanks J. Kenji López-Alt) and my first POT ROAST (thanks, Pioneer Woman!), all with Humphrey on my lap and a glass of red wine in my head because you just HAVE TO open a bottle for the pot roast.And thanks, Danny, for granting my wish for an Asian macaroon sketch at the launch party, too cute.
Greetings from China! I’m here in Shanghai managing catering for the guests at a global beauty brand’s conference. Above is a scene at the Shanghai Wen Miao, also known as the Confucian Temple: these wishes will be tied to the wishing tree. I’m staying at the Westin Bund Center where there’s a daily Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in the lobby decorated with a glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly.A few blocks away, the waterfront area of Central Shanghai is known as the Bund and a central figure is the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV TowerOverlooking the Bund is the Waldorf Astoria.Survival supplies in our office include adaptors and chargers of all kinds, a dedicated calligrapher for the many table numbers and place cards, Chinese Snickers and Red Bull and aids for whatever ails you.It was sunny on Friday when we did a site visit at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center.Love the ceiling.And back at the temple:before heading back and diving into the many details, a moment of stillness and peace…kind of like this dog soaking in the day.