I was driving down one of the busiest streets in the very center of Stamford, Connecticut, about two weeks ago when out of the corner of my eye, I sensed a blur of vibrant, bright orange growth at the bottom … Continue reading Magic Mushrooms!
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
This recipe is based on an old favorite from the Fine Cooking Magazine archives. I made modifications based on flavors I love, swapped and added alternate ingredients, and added a squeeze of lemon at the end for brightness. I hope … Continue reading Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes, and Calabrian Chili
I promised to include this for those of you who weren’t able to locate the jarred marinated cheese called for in my Warm Ravioli Salad with Marinated Cheese, Apple, and Tomato recipe. What I like best about this homemade version … Continue reading Marinated Cheese
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!
Many of you have asked to see the video for this post, which I just loaded to YouTube. Here it is for your enjoyment! Give it a try, and let me know how it turns out! Email email@example.com –Chef Diana … Continue reading The Video: Restaurant-Quality Steak in 15 Minutes
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 half empty than full. Some would call that a pessimistic personality, but I’m not entirely … Continue reading Pan-DAMN-ic; Looking for the brighter side
In these times especially, we should be using whatever we have in our refrigerator to create new meals. This not only reduces food waste and saves you money, but it also makes you a more conscientious cook! More power to … Continue reading Refrigerator Pesto
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
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. Our Most Popular Recipes of … Continue reading One of the Top Ten!