Ivy Dai's Culinary Adventures Blog

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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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FOOD NETWORK: Here I come!

Having a lot of fun working on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” this week!  Getting a tummy-ache from too many cupcakes. Had to try my darndest not to go into a coughing fit while filming...

My favorite kitchen tools: Pillowcase salad spinner, Opinel knife 0

My favorite kitchen tools: Pillowcase salad spinner, Opinel knife

One of the most versatile tools I have is my Opinel knife. Joseph Opinel started making these knives in 1894 in the Savoie region of France. This switchblade-style pocket knife was originally an all-purpose mountain...

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Homesick for France: The First Pangs

I’m taking French at Santa Barbara City College. The campus is perched on a hill overlooking the ocean. It’s a sunny winter day in February, and I’m wearing flip-flops and a tank top. Palm...

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Winter Comfort Food: Butternut Squash Soup

This post is for Sandy, who asked me for the recipe when I made it in France. I made butternut squash soup again when I got to Santa Barbara – it’s so good! Perfect...

Back in Sunny Southern California – AMERICA! 0

Back in Sunny Southern California – AMERICA!

I feel ashamed. I planned to blog everyday while interning at the most famous pastry shops in France. But three months have passed and I’m already back home in Southern California with only one...

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Hello from France!

Yesterday, I visited where I’ll be interning at. Lenotre has a production facility in a small town called Plaisir where they produce baked goods for 15 shops in Paris. I drove there by myself and...