Appearances can be deceiving, so at first glance, it’s easy to underestimate the complexity of Baingan Bharta, the vegetarian dish from Northern India. While this mixture may resemble a simple, unassuming vegetable stew, don’t be fooled! The harmonious blend of … Continue reading Baingan Bharta
I’m looking forward to Spring this year, which begins on March 20. Finally, the Earth will wake from hibernating, the weather will warm up, days will get longer, plants will sprout, trees will turn green, and the world will seem … Continue reading Spring and Greek Easter
Year of the Water Rabbit The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau predicts that much-needed serenity is in store for us in 2023. In the year ahead, people will acknowledge that persuasion is better than force. Considering the ferocity … Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year
I love potatoes in any form, but I think I love potato latkes most of all. After all, how can anyone resist a well-made latke? The lacy-crisp edges alone are the stuff that haunts my dreams, and they hardly make … Continue reading Let’s Talk Latkes
So much can be said about salt — far too much for one blog post! But here’s my take on a few things about salt worth thinking about, plus an introduction to my current favorite salt of the earth: desert … Continue reading Rock of Ages
Anatomy of a Recipe I met Chef Mamie Nashide in May of 2015 after enrolling in a ramen cooking class hosted by the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, an organization of professional women in the food industry. I’ve always been … Continue reading Chashu Ramen
According to the Chinese zodiac, the 2022 lunar new year officially begins on Tuesday, February 1, and celebrates the year of the tiger, specifically the water tiger. Let’s talk about food and the Chinese New Year. I had the privilege … Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year!
Hi Everybody, I’m thrilled to be partnering with San Marzano to share this incredible opportunity for you to win a dinner prepared with delicious #ILoveSanMarzanoDOP tomatoes at a local restaurant valued at $250. Time for a teaching moment. Did you … Continue reading I ❤ San Marzano DOP Contest Spring 2021
My last virtual cooking class was so much fun! The company that hired me was kind enough to forward the link to the YouTube video, so I thought I’d share the recipes and the class with you. OK, I agree … Continue reading Virtually Yours
Winter is right around the corner, along with cold, short days and longer nights. If you’re anything like me, you’re already beginning to miss the warm days of summer and rich, sweet, juicy tomatoes plucked right from the vine. You … Continue reading I ❤ San Marzano DOP
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, or their background, or their religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes … Continue reading No One is Born Hating…
I’m pretty lucky that my friends and colleagues in the test kitchen usually humor me, and I’m missing that right now as we approach our fifth week in quarantine. Several weeks before our lives changed from normal to an episode … Continue reading Missing the Test Kitchen
I’m proud of the fact that I grew up in a racially diverse neighborhood. Like it or not, we all lived side by side, for better or for worse. Name an ethnicity, and we pretty much had it covered. From … Continue reading Thank You, Hilda!
My first encounter with this divine grain-based meal happened a couple of summers back. I was minding my own plate at a lazy afternoon picnic, and try as I might, I just couldn’t manage to keep my eyes off the … Continue reading Will You Mujadarrah Me?
Halloween is here! So many kids (and adults as well) are looking forward to celebrating. In just a few short hours, doors will open to a constant parade of monsters, superhero’s, celebrities and demons expecting that much-anticipated treat. Many of … Continue reading Things That Scare Me!