June 1, 2009

Buttered Bread Pudding Battle, Part I

by Kayoko Akabori

In pure Yamahomo style, I’m battling myself in the kitchen. I’m doing so many recipe posts lately, I can’t stop! As you can tell, my unemployed ass is starting to cook more- what the hell else do I have to do, right?? This weekend, I had a stale baguette on my hands. I’m talking like […]

May 28, 2009

Gems of Pescadero, Pt. II: Artichoke Garlic Herb Bread

by Kayoko Akabori

Jenny’s friend Pamela, who came on the Umamiventure, told me about this special bread from the Arcangeli Grocery in Pescadero. “Downtown” Pescadero really only consists of one main street called Stage Road. Drive down towards the end and you’ll run into this cute little grocer that sells wines, meats and produce. We picked up the […]

March 29, 2009

How Bread Was Made in the 1980s

by Amy McNeely

All right, y’all, I know this normally gets wrapped into the Umami Reader, but I thought this too fascinating to pass up. I’ve been making bread for a long time. I’ve made it with Kayoko. I’ve make it pre-1990. But I have never seen footage of this magnificent creature in the wild before. Check out […]

October 14, 2008

Weekend Full of Cooking

by Moto Yamamoto

My weekend was spent cooking and baking. This is as usual, if you know me. It was nice outside throughout the weekend, but I kept myself in the kitchen. This is my stress remedy. Some people might enjoy sitting outside, go for a walk, drink their sorrows away (I do that all the time), go […]

May 6, 2008

Allergy Season – Sucks For Me, Great For My BF

by Moto Yamamoto

My allergies are in full force. It was so nice outside yesterday, but I couldn’t even be outside for more than 20 minutes. It was bad. And it is bad today too. I am wearing a mask, which makes me look like either a shady criminal or I that I have SARS. I want to […]

April 24, 2008

Poston Family Must-Knead Bread

by UM Guest

My awesome colleague Chris Poston always eats his buttered morning toast at his desk. It was finally revealed that he actually bakes the bread each weekend himself! After telling him about my no-knead bread baking adventure, he said, “Kayoko, it actually NEEDS to be kneaded.” He’s been fooling around with different recipes and came up […]

March 31, 2008

I Baked Bread, So Don’t Break Up!

by Kayoko Akabori

When the routine bites hard/ And ambitions are low And the resentment rides high/ But emotions won’t growAnd we’re changing our ways/ Taking different roadsThen love, love will tear us apart again– Joy Division Recently, a few of my closest friends have been going through devastating breakups- couples who have been together for 3 years, […]

February 20, 2008

Weekend Relaxation – Baking Challah Bread

by Moto Yamamoto

Something about bread baking makes me feel very calm. It takes all day, kneading, resting, kneading, resting, which is almost zen kind of experience. Not that I am religious or anything, so I wouldn’t know the real zen relaxation, but I feel good when baking bread. I just saw a recipe on Food Network, and […]

February 19, 2008

BLT Steak’s Popover

by Moto Yamamoto

I told you that I would blog about BLT’s famous popover (I miss sunny Puerto Rico). Well, images from the restaurant weren’t good enough, also they gave a recipe card with it, so I decided to make it myself. I have had popovers at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners, and they were crispy on the outside, […]

September 13, 2007

San Francisco Sourdough

by Kayoko Akabori

Back from the Bay Area, where I ate pretty well (Sushi Kuni, Scoma’s, MacArthur Park, Dynasty), but here’s what I trekked all the way back to New York with: How ecstatic was I to find a Boudin Bakery INSIDE the United terminal at SFO? Boudin is the essence of San Francisco– it’s the best damn […]