Not once, ever, in 30+ years have I considered myself to be creative. I focused on performing arts during middle and high school, but never pursued it further, I can barely draw a stick figure, and if you ask me to make up a story on the spot I will look at you as if you have two heads. Food Advertising by Somehow, being in a kitchen is different. The ideas are forming faster...
Creamy herbed feta dip. Food Advertising by I've resorted to Italics because I couldn't tell if you were paying attention. Let me be the first to say there is no shame in locking yourself in your bedroom and eating this with a spoon. There is a slight possibility that I'm saying this for my benefit and not yours. For those of you who are more civilized than I, serve it simply with baked pita chips (make...
Earlier in the week I posed the question: what's the one recipe you hope to master in 2018? On the surface it's a simple question. But when I think about the recipes I want to create, I'm left thinking about who I want to serve them to... and for which occasions. Food Advertising by Because honestly as important as the food is, it's only a fraction of what brings us together around the table....
Existential life question: to marshmallow or not? Personally, I have never been a fan. But then again, until this week I had never made my own. These are game changers. I mean, salted caramel? It's like, a no brainer. Let me be the first to yell at you to READ THROUGH THE INSTRUCTIONS in their entirety first. Marshmallows are not difficult to make, but they require precision cooking time, specific quantities, and quick handling. This...
Confession: I cannot build a fire. I suppose it's worth nothing that I've never tried... Perhaps this was a life skill taught after my short-lived stint in Brownies (#girlscoutdropout represent), but alas, I am suffering the repercussions of this poor life choice on the daily. Especially with this overly dramatic bomb cyclone rearing its ugly head on the east coat. The low on Saturday is currently predicted at -8 F. That's without windchill. To keep warm during...
It's here! 2018 is literally just around the corner and it's time to begin dreaming big and setting goals. I've never been one to physically write out New Year's resolutions, as I haven't had the desire or intent to make significant changes to any specific part of my life. Re-reading that last sentence (which I've done plenty) makes it sound as if my life up until this point has lacked focus. But it's more that...
Allow me to introduce you to my absolute favorite cookie: Italian rainbow cookies! Food Advertising by I think I like them so much because they're actually cake. Cake disguised as cookies. The batter is made with a combination of almond paste and almond extract. Swoon. Long live almond-flavored desserts! Divide the batter equally in thirds, add food coloring to create red and green layers, then bake them off one-by-one. This is honestly the most difficult part...
Raise your hand and be honest. How often do you measure vanilla while adding it to recipes? Yeah, same. Literally never. A big splash here, a smaller splash there, and before you know it -- poof! All gone. The answer is simple. A little on the pricey side, but making your own extract and keeping plain vodka on hand (what, like it's hard?) means you'll never run out of the good stuff. Homemade vanilla extract:...
Can I be honest with you? Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah, and I'm actually relieved that it's almost over. The holiday season is certainly magical, but there's only so much a parent of three young children can take. The anticipation and expectation of presents, the endless trays of food, the not playing with new presents mere days after receiving them. My head is spinning. I think this is why Jews look forward to Christmas...
There are some recipes that are kept sealed in the family vault and your only way to access them is to marry into the family. Luckily for me, I found a man who's family is just as wonderful, loving, and accepting of me as he is, and as an added bonus, they enjoy really good food. Case in point: these highly acclaimed homemade latkes. Food Advertising by One of my first introductions to my now...
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