Mary Jo is a petite person with a colossal personality. She strides into a room, her glowing, larger-than-life aura in tow. Bursting with contagious energy and positivity, she’s the kind of person you want in your corner when you’re having … Continue reading Good Things, Small Packages
What if I told you that I dreamed up an easy, fun, and stress-free way to make a scrumptious, unctuous lasagna that anyone (even your kids) can make? It’s Ravioli Lasagna! Think about it; doesn’t it make sense to simplify … Continue reading Recipe: Ravioli Lasagna – Easy & Fun!
Tips & Tricks for Dry-Aging, Cooking, and Resting This is an update to my 2020 post about cooking restaurant-quality steak in 15 minutes, with a new video, a PDF of my recipe, and many more details, tips, and tricks. It’s … Continue reading Restaurant Quality Steak at Home: Chef’s Techniques
Documenting a Family Favorite for Fine Cooking Magazine. Maybe it’s genetic. Coming from a Mediterranean background, I can’t help but love pasta. And I love it even more when it’s all jumbled up with other delicious ingredients like lightly blanched, … Continue reading Quick & Healthy: Pasta with Broccoli, Sundried Tomatoes & Olives
As 2023 arrives, I continue to receive emails from jilted, sad, miserable Fine Cooking Magazine subscribers, with pleas to help find favorite recipes from lost recipe boxes, which vanished when the Fine Cooking website was shut down in 2022. I’ve … Continue reading Fine Cooking Magazine: 2022 Reflections
It’s hard to believe that 2022 is coming to a close, but more so that it’s been over three years since the original Fine Cooking Magazine published a holiday issue. I won’t get all sentimental about it, but honestly, there’s … Continue reading Holiday Cookies
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
Now that Thanksgiving is over, you’ve no doubt eaten or given away as much turkey as possible, so what delicious things can you do with what’s left? From the archives of Fine Cooking Magazine, here are a few of my … Continue reading Thanksgiving Leftovers: Take Two
When the holidays approach, I receive numerous emails, texts, and phone messages that go something like this: “Hey Diana! Do you have any food ideas for my vegan and vegetarian guests coming to dinner on (fill in a holiday)?” The … Continue reading Vegetarian/Vegan Thanksgiving
Anatomy of a Recipe One of the best parts of running the test kitchens at Fine Cooking Magazine was working on Make It Tonight recipes. Much loved by our readers, MIT’s (as the staff referred to them) were recipes that … Continue reading Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup
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
Gone, but not forgotten. I was the last Test Kitchen Director and Senior Food Editor at Fine Cooking Magazine until the publication was sold on June 1, 2020. I remember the day vividly. Three months into the pandemic, we were … Continue reading RIP Fine Cooking Magazine
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!
Coconut-Lime Braised Black Cod with Sweet Plantains, Peppers, and Cilantro. Continue reading Farewell Forever, 2021
Hoping that everyone had a healthy and happy holiday! Here’s the latest recipe I developed for Art+Cook. It’s a Spatchcock Turkey, seasoned with a dry rub, then made even more delicious by using a shallot-herb compound butter. I included Latin, … Continue reading Roast Turkey, Made Simple