Behind the Scenes

Just for Fun: Amanda "Thomas Keller" Hesser

By • May 4, 2012 • 15 Comments

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It was a busy day in the test kitchen when all of a sudden Amanda turned her computer screen, showed us all the New York Times homepage, and asked, "Is that Thomas Keller in my kitchen?"

The article in question is about California chefs crusading against the state's upcoming ban on the sale of foie gras, headed up by a photo of the French Laundry's Thomas Keller standing and looking serious in a kitchen that looks remarkably like Amanda's.

Well, we had only one option. Readers, we present you Amanda "Thomas Keller" Hesser.

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Amanda's Kids' Lunch

Amanda's Kids' Lunch

By • May 4, 2012 • 0 Comments

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I happened to have a conversation with Addie after she and Walker took this to school for lunch, and I can report that she really enjoyed it! Virginia ham, cucumbers, and MissGinsu's recipe for Sweet and Spicy Pickled Ramps make a wonderful sandwich on brioche bound together with a swipe of mayo, plus a Cara Cara orange for dessert.

The pickles were leftovers from Amanda's Friday night dinner party, but it was more than just efficiency that prompted her to put them in the sandwiches. She says, "My kids love pickles and cucumbers so I try to find ways to tuck them into their lunches."

What's in your lunchbox?

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Ice Cream and Parking Tickets with Fany Gerson

By • May 4, 2012 • 5 Comments

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We're celebrating the artisans, writers, makers, and more who make up the diverse and inspiring world of food.

Today: Fany Gerson of La Newyorkina has a tough day -- bookended by a parking ticket and a towed car! -- that is redeemed by her delicious ice creams and paletas.

Fany Gerson was born and raised in Mexico City. After attending cooking school in Mexico and at the Culinary Institute of America, she worked in kitchens worldwide, including Michelin-three-star Akelare in Spain, Eleven Madison Park, and Rosa Mexicano in New York, where she developed their acclaimed modern Mexican desserts. Her cookbooks are My Sweet Mexico: Recipes for Authentic Pastries, Breads, Candies, Beverages, and Frozen Treats and Paletas & Aguas Frescas, both from Ten Speed Press. She started her company La Newyorkina in 2010.

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