From the monthly archives:

November 2010

Cookbook Reviews: Around The World

by Matt on November 26, 2010

This week’s book review from Kristina makes an avid traveler like me want to head straight to the closet, grab a bag and toss some stuff in it and head somewhere. And then eat non-stop. I’m loving all these reviews and can tell I’ll need to make a curry today. I don’t know why, but [...]


Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

by Matt on November 25, 2010

Ok, well actually, that would be Meyer Lemon and Ricotta Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. Whew! That’s a mouthful indeed, in more ways than one. I want to remind you of the Scharffen Berger Chococolate Adventure Contest, this time it’s all about cupcakes. And since I’m judging this contest next year I want to [...]


Butternut Squash Tarte Tatin

by Matt on November 24, 2010

Oh this little butternet squash tarte tatin, how much do I love you? Enough to have you three times over the past few weeks, all for the sake of “recipe testing”, you know. And honestly, this upside-down tart is probably one of the best things I’ve had all season, if I do say so myself. [...]


Spice Islands Flavor Explorer and a Contest!

by Matt on November 22, 2010

Sugar and spice and everything nice, right? Well, I’m rather thrilled to announce a partnership with Spice Islands called The Spice Islands Flavor Explorer look closely at their website and you’ll see my lil mug…hi mom!)  I’ll be teaming up with them to provide recipes using their amazing collection of spices and extracts that will [...]


Cookbook Reviews: Some Favorites

by Matt on November 19, 2010

You know how important cookbooks are to us over here at Mattbites. This installment from Kristina Gill features a selection of some recent favorites and I promised not to be biased considering they come from a few of my favorite people. Take it away, Kristina! There are quite a few books out right now which [...]


Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

by Matt on November 17, 2010

Yea, so I’m still continuing with Thanksgiving sides and apparently I’m still on this Chipotle kick. I can’t help it. A part of me thinks I might have taken a quick ride on a time machine back to the 1990s when everything went chipotle, but to skip over its smoky personality because of fashion would [...]


Really. You just have to read it to believe it. Thanks to the LA Times for picking this up. Delta, it would be really nice to hear from you. Thanks.


Thanksgiving mode has officially begun at our house. And I love it.  We’re currently ramping up for T.D.R.F.T.W.W.S.O.T.A, or “Thanksgiving Dress Rehearsal For Those We Won’t See On Thanksgiving, Actually.” It’s our 3rd year, let me explain the concept: we host a sit-down Thanksgiving meal any time during the month of November before the actual [...]


Do All Cookbooks Need Photos?

by Matt on November 8, 2010

Earlier this morning food writer and NY Times columnist Melissa Clark tweeted this: Now as a photographer and someone who gets paid to photograph recipes and cookbooks you might think that my answer is a solid YES. But it’s not. I believe that great writing like Melissa’s can be enough, photos don’t always have to [...]


Is This Thing On? Taping a Segment

by Matt on November 7, 2010

Adam and I recently taped a segment for an upcoming food show and I thought it’d be fun to share some behind-the-scenes moments. I don’t want to give away anything but it’ll air next spring on a certain cable channel that I happen to do some work for. Or maybe not once they get back [...]