Ivy Dai's Culinary Adventures

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Holiday markets in France

The Holidays are my favorite time of the year to eat all things from the Alsace-Lorraine region of France – raclette (a huge kebab of melted cheese scraped over potatoes and onions), choucroute (sausage...

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My first French ‘business trip’

I am on my first French business trip and it feels great! Packed a small bag with my baking tools, tank tops, undies, running shoes..huh?? Yes I am in the French countryside, on business.  This...

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St. Valentin’s Day – Trio of Love

Something sweet to indulge in with your lover for Valentine’s Day at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa – chef’s trio of love: Chocolate passionfruit crunch, banana rum cake and mixed berry mousse with fromage...

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St. Valentin’s Day – Trio of Love

We conjured up a special dessert trip for you and your lover at the Ojai Valley Inn. This is starting to sound like a commercial, but honestly this is yummy: Chocolate passionfruit crunch, bananas...

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WHAT CHEFS EAT

I’ve gained a total of 26 pounds since I’ve become a pastry chef. And I’m one of those tall people with high metabolism yada yada yada. And I’ve also had severe sugar crashes because...

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CUPCAKE BELLS ARE RINGING

Summer is here and wedding season is upon us once again. Many bridges and grooms have opted for the hip yet elegant mini cupcakes in lieu of a cake. Here’s a cupcake tier I...

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PIG FEST

It’s not everyday you see a man butcher a whole hog with his bare hands. About a hundred carnivores watched Fatted Calf owner Taylor Boetticher take apart a 180-pound hog pig just a hand-saw, cleaver and...

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Spring cleaning

In the process of moving content from my old blog to my new blog… for now, please visit www.ivydai.com Having a lot of fun working on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” this week!  Getting a tummy-ache...