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Aki and Alex
Doylestown, PA
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Man what a word. Taught with anticipation. Action ready to happen. The first signs of new life. A time to begin again. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Gain an understanding about what is within view. Work to improve what you have. Look at what is around and really find out how it works. Do more with less. What is a foundation? Load bearing principle. Can and should... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Cooking with cream is currently my thing. It's been this way for a number of years. I could probably write a book on the idea. I certainly have a few chapters created by now. But, the act of writing a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Years ago we popularized cream caramelized eggs and more while we tinkered with lots of other ideas, including cream cooking steaks. At the time we did strip steaks. They were delicious. The other evening we revisited the idea with filet.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
"We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time." -T.S. Eliot So I went back to our New-don Noodles. Where we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I wanted to be frugal and not waste unsold croissant bread. We started with caramelizing croissant croutons. We cut our croissant loaf into cubes and coated the pieces in a slurry of sugar and heavy cream. We put cream and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
What if you can't improve on something? What if, despite tinkering, testing and trying nothing results in something better than what you have already produced? Is this success or failure? (I am tempted to leave the above questions alone, here... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
We put a layer of heavy cream in the bottom of a baking pan. We added sliced boiled potatoes. We topped the potatoes with raclette cheese and baked the gratin to be for 30 or so minutes. The result was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I spent the afternoon revisiting an idea for noodles made with a glutinous rice flour starch paste. The difficulty with ideas that have been kicking around for awhile is the amount of hope for success I have. My plan was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Alex made me sugar brioche today and it was one of the best gifts ever. It was unexpected and somehow exactly what I wanted. We aren't that great about giving each other gifts, so this was a total surprise. An... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I am constantly amazed about what we find and don't find in the supermarket. What concerns me is the quality of the basics is degrading. Sure its fascinating to discover ingredients from Santa Stackers to A5 Wagyu rib-eyes. But as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Not that it was easy to say we were planning to document and explore again here in our digital notebook. It wasn't. But, like most things we do, the plan was not planned. We do not have a backlog of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I am looking for inspiration. I am looking for ideas. I am looking for connections. I am looking for insights. I am looking for improvements. With all this attention focused on looking I am not able to see, feel, hear,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2024 at IDEAS IN FOOD
...and share their harvest are the very best kinds of friends. Finding edibles in the woods is not my forte, fortunately Judy and Andy are very good at it and gave us some beautiful ramps. Thanks guys! In order to... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2023 at IDEAS IN FOOD
As I write this, Alex is torching a table top to create a single black table for the shop. It's made from the recycled bowling alley wood. Once he's done we're going to coat the wood and let it's natural... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2022 at IDEAS IN FOOD
This is a re-post of the recent update on our Kickstarter campaign. Together, you have helped us reach our Kickstarter funding goal in 4 days. That is incredible. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has reached out, spread the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2022 at IDEAS IN FOOD
After months of searching, we finally signed a lease. We are opening a new Curiosity Doughnuts at 800 Edison Furlong Rd, Furlong, PA (Doylestown Township). We are so excited, and to help get things up and running, we've launched a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2022 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Benne or sesame seeds have a long history in the United States. The seeds were brought over by enslaved Africans, grown in hidden gardens, and eventually planted throughout the South. These days we mostly see sesame seeds in Asian dishes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2022 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Okay, so fried chicken is a thing that lots of us have played with over the years. Recently, I saw our friend, Kenji, post about updating his 5 ingredient fried chicken recipe, swapping pickled jalapenos for his pickles in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2022 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Roughly 7 years ago Curiosity Doughnuts began with a question, "What can we do with doughnuts?" The answer is still being written. Curiosity Doughnuts gets its name from our own restless curiosity. We are always thinking about new flavors and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2022 at IDEAS IN FOOD
We opened Curiosity Doughnuts six years ago this weekend. I look back at what we were doing and how we did it. It was difficult and exhilarating. It was unknown. Six years later and our days still feel the same.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2021 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Sometimes, often times, all the time the good ideas are sitting in plain sight. The great ideas are usually right around the corner. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2021 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Find an idea. Picture it in your head. Start tinkering. Evaluate the results. Make adjustments. Try again. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2021 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I go to the grocery store a lot. I travel the aisles of ingredients. I leave empty handed because the ingredients don't look that great and I am not really inspired by anything. Have all the great ingredients disappeared? Do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2021 at IDEAS IN FOOD
It has been a long time since we have written here. We have felt overwhelmed by the world of social media. We have felt a great loss of interest in our work. We have let new-ish technology obscure our own... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2021 at IDEAS IN FOOD