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Author Archives: Blanca Valbuena

About Blanca Valbuena

I am one of the co-founders of FriendsEAT. Obviously, I love to eat. Other passions include A Song of Ice and Fire, Shakespeare, Dostoyevski, and Aldous Huxley.

Fall Recipes: Gena Knox’s Pecan Sandies

I first met Gena at the Fancy Food Show. She was vibrant, fun, and obviously knew her stuff. When I met her, she was just getting her new business, Fire & Flavor started. She has built it into a well respected … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Chef Austin Perkins’ Goat Meatballs

Growing up in the West Marin Coast inculcated a love of fresh farm produce in Petaluma native, Chef Austin Perkins. He now brings this love of fresh & natural to Nick’s Cove, Oyster Bar & Cottages.  There, Perkins crafts seasonal, sustainable … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: John Moeller’s Chicken Tortilla Lime Soup

There are certain honors a Chef will never forget, among the rarest is being chosen to be the Chef at the White House. Chef John Moeller  is one of the few to have held this post under three Presidents. This … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Chad Musick’s Caramel Apple Martini

Chad Musick, the Beverage Director at High Street Hospitality Group in Greenville, SC knows how to make people feel at home. Perhaps it is his warm personality, but we think it has something to do with his delectable cocktails. His … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Terry Walters’ Pumpkin Spice Muffins

If you are looking to make a change in lifestyle, to eat healthier, locally, and more humanely, Terry Walters’s books: CLEAN FOOD and CLEAN START are the perfect resource. Terry is a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and received the … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Chef Claude Godard’s Salmon Tartare with Oysters and Cucumber

Master Chef Claude Godard is the third in a line of prestigious French Chefs. His cuisine is inspired by his grandfather Gaston Godard but with a modern twist. Chef Godard learned his trade early on, and he polished it at … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Scott Crawford’s Malted Parsnip Soup, Butter Poached Lobster, Tangerine, Vanilla

You know you’ve got something special when you’ve received three James Beard nominations, including “Best Chef: Southeast”. Herons restaurant at The Umstead Hotel has something very special in Chef Scott Crawford and their customers (and professionals) seem to agree. Crawford seems … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Chad Bowser’s Sweet Smoked Lime Jalapeno Chicken Wings

The Easy Bake Oven inspired the love of cooking in many of us during our childhood. Katch Executive Chef Chad Bowser was among us. The Easy Bake led to working at “Feast” which catered to some of California’s top celebs. From … Continue reading

Whispering Wolf Mojito Recipe

Jellyfish has one of the loveliest views in the Chicago’s Gold Coast area. When you go, make sure to get a seat in their second floor glass atrium so you can enjoy the view of legendary Rush Street. The Pan-Asian … Continue reading

Hello Kitty Beer

Yes boys & girls, Hello Kitty wine exists. While this would never pass in the US (I’m amazed we’re even allowed to have critter wines), Hello Kitty beer is made by by beer maker Long Chuan and comes in flavors like  banana, … Continue reading