One of my friends recently called me their kitchen witch. They say it’s because I’ve always been able to prevent culinary disasters in their kitchen by answering any cooking question or interpreting any mystery due to a poorly written recipe. … Continue reading Tips & Tricks from the Kitchen Witch
For the past couple of years, one of my favorite go-to ingredients has been crushed Calabrian chili peppers. I’m definitely a spicy food lover, so when I first came across this zesty-fruity crushed pepper sauce at William Sonoma, I couldn’t … Continue reading Some Like it HOT!
The other day, I was lucky enough to receive a market basket of beautiful produce from my dear friend Mary Jo’s incredibly lush vegetable garden. The bag was filled with just-picked delights such as rainbow Swiss chard, broccoli greens, Romain … Continue reading Warm Ravioli Salad with Marinated Cheese, Apple, and Tomato
Add to your July 4th celebration with red, white and blue potatoes! Melissa’s Produce conveniently packages this potato trio together. Here’s one of my favorite potato sides: Creamy Roasted Red, White & Blue Potatoes with Crispy Rosemary Serves 4 to … Continue reading Just in Time for July 4th!
Did you know that the key to creamy, rich hummus is to use peeled chickpeas? Shout out to the innovative team at Melissa’s Produce! Their peeled and steamed chickpeas are a perfect choice. I used them right out of the … Continue reading Super-Fast Hummus!
The pandemic as a teacher? Sure. A crisis is an opportunity for change? Yes. I’ve always considered myself a realist, tending to see the glass as half empty than full. Some would call that a pessimistic personality, but I’m not … Continue reading Pan-DAMN-ic; Looking for the brighter side
As we approach week 10 of quarantine, I continue to think of ways to be mindful of food waste. That brings me to the complete and total pain and guilt I’ve felt about my sourdough starter discard. Admitting it is … Continue reading Sourdough Discard, Part 1
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
First, and more important than anything, I’m hoping you’re all safe and well. I promised that this blog would feature a recipe using the red curry paste we made the last time we cooked together. Don’t forget to consider adding … Continue reading Food as Meditation, Part 2
As a Certified Food Safety Manager, I’m always taking precautions to be sure that everyone in the test kitchen is practicing safe food handling. This naturally translates over to what we’re going through right now. COVID-19 has been a rude … Continue reading Eating Safe and Staying Safe During COVID-19
Happy New Year! Wishing everyone the very best for 2020. I’m so thrilled to announce that one of my recipes made it into Fine Cooking Magazine’s list of Top Ten Most Popular Recipes of 2019! I’ve included the recipe below, … Continue reading One of the Top Ten!
It was probably the very first time we agreed 100% about where to have dinner last Saturday night. Hands down, with no hesitation, we all voted for Chef Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese on the lower east side of New York … Continue reading Mission Chinese
Fresh, sweet lobster reminds me of summer vacations with my family in Maine. The memories are still so vivid that if I close my eyes, I can almost smell the briny ocean as we drove to the lobster shacks along … Continue reading Lobster Love!!!
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!
One of my most recent freelance assignments for Fine Cooking Magazine was to test Australian grass fed beef. Fine Cooking provided the guidelines based on previously tested and approved recipes from their well-respected archives using the typical grain-fed beef, which … Continue reading No Beefs About Australian Grass-Fed Beef!