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Leena Eats: Dynamo Donuts, where bacon lives in doughnut form!

By on Mar 31, 2010 in Food Porn, Leena Eats, San Francisco | 4 comments

Gourmet doughnuts, doughnuts for your dog, and yes, even bacon in doughnut form. Can I get a hell ya from the crowd?! More food porn after the jump! ~LTG! ************ Dynamo Donuts 2760 24th Street San Francisco, CA 415-920-1978 http://www.dynamodonut.com/ Twitter: dynamodonut

Amuse Bouche: Why don’t Australians like chocolate bunnies for Easter?

By on Mar 30, 2010 in amuse bouche | 2 comments

In Australia, rabbits are a non-native species that were introduced and disrupted several native species and multiplied frequently, essentially becoming a vermin. Aussies chose to celebrate Easter with a chocolate native animal, the bilby. Source: My mate Andrew, a native South Australian with several college degrees. ************ Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain.

Amuse Bouche: What is this year’s Peep death count estimate?

By on Mar 30, 2010 in amuse bouche | 0 comments

They estimate Americans will consume over 6 million marshmallow peeps this Easter, and many people will try to cook them. Sources: NPR and The Cooking with Peeps site *********** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain.

Amuse Bouche: Who invented the Easter Bunny in the U.S.?

By on Mar 30, 2010 in amuse bouche | 0 comments

The Pennsylvania Dutch are credited with using a rabbit to celebrate Easter. They called it the Oschter Haws or Easter Hare, and it would hand out colored eggs to good children (and rabbit pellets to bad ones).* *This is not the only group credited with using a rabbit as their symbol of Easter/spring celebrations, just one of them. Source: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink in America, page 419. *********** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain. ~LTG!

Leena Cooks: Meyer Lemon Marshmallows like it was her job

By on Mar 29, 2010 in Leena Cooks | 7 comments

Last year for Easter and the celebration of all things Spring, I conquered my fear of the great mallow from my pastry chef days and rocked out some passion fruit and toasted coconut marshmallows. This year, I wanted to give homage to my new home by the Bay, and use some Meyer lemons a work friend grew in her back yard. Meyer lemons taste like your average lemon, but they are a tiny bit sweeter. Not orange sweet, and they still retain a bit of that bitter lemon flavor that helps to cut through the sugar-laden mallow. And I am proud to say that for two years running, no Kitchen Aids were hurt in the making of my marshmallows. Holla! Back in the day, marshmallow candies were actually created from an extract derived from the march mallow plant, which grows in damp areas like marshes and is commonly found in Asia and Europe, where it used to be used as a medicinal plant. Egyptians were...