Traveling Circus: Cooking Dinner for Six – Dessert!

Magneto will tell you that I have a wicked sweet tooth, something I got from growing up with a grandmother who baked like a pro, and a dad who loved to indulge. Now that we’re older, my dad and I try to be a little more conscious of the amount of sugar (especially refined sugar) […]

Traveling Circus: Cooking Dinner for Six – Proteins

Magneto and I brought up a rack of baby back ribs from Los Angeles, knowing that between six people, we’d best have two proteins to make sure everyone would have their fill without running out of anything. Because our house had a big grill out back, we decided to have two meats: ribs and tri […]

Traveling Circus: Cooking Dinner for Six – Veggies

One of the most important things to remember when cooking dinner for a group is that temperature and timing are everything. If you can time things correctly, all your hot dishes will still be hot when the time comes to eat. Often, that means starting proteins long before veggies, but knowing the resting time needed […]

Traveling Circus: Veraison Desserts and Drinks

Veraison is well-known for their desserts, high praise in an area like the Napa Valley, where palates are picky and ingredients need little embellishment. Somehow, Veraison manages to take the best of the best, and make them even better. Magneto and his mom shared a rich, decadent butterscotch pudding, garnished simply with chantilly cream and […]

Neighborhood Eats: Animal, pt 2

This is a continuation of brunch with Magneto and my parents last weekend. Read part 1 here. I last visited Animal years and years ago, when they’d only been open for about 18 months. It was dinner, the place was crowded, and the lights were too dim for photos. We ordered quail, something with vegetables, […]

Neighborhood Eats: Animal, pt 1

Yes, I am most certainly breaking the Animal post into parts. There was too much food and too much fun to be distilled into one post. My parents came into town for a day this weekend, and we spent a few hours catching up and having a yumtastic brunch at Animal. My parents and I […]

Chef’s Secrets: Cooking for a Crowd

Magneto and I have a comfortable home, with plenty of space for each of us. We’ve worked really hard to pull together a variety of elements to create rooms that are functional, thematic, and appealing. But when other people come to visit…well, let’s just say I feel some anxiety because I worry they won’t feel […]

Neighborhood Eats: Walk It Out

I know that there are a lot of people who live far from good restaurants, whether it’s because you’re in the suburbs or because you have a different idea of delicious from your immediate neighbors. When you travel to a new city, I think staying in an area that is rich with culinary opportunities is […]

…and I’m back.

So this is the new Kung Pao Kimmie: mostly food, maybe a lot of drinks, the occasional side trip into adventure, but 100% fun.

Chatter – Ep. 30 – June 10, 2016

FEEL MORE LIKE YOURSELF. There are a million reasons why it’s super important to take care of yourself, and one of them is that if you feel more like yourself – happier in your own skin, more comfortable in your brain, more secure in your heart – you will be a better person to the […]