5 Ways to Make Quick Pickles

As Alton Brown says, “If you’ll just take a little time to learn a few basic procedures, not only the whole produce section, but the whole world, will be your pickle … and good eats.” It’s true: Quick pickles all sort of follow a pattern. You’ll be ...more

How to Make the Perfect Cobb Salad

Many of the fresh summer veggies that are usually spilling off my kitchen counter at this time of year have yet to make an appearance, because it's been so darn cool this summer (at least where I live!). But has that stopped me from creating ...more

5 Healthy Breakfasts You'll Love

Do you hate eating breakfast? Then don’t come over to my house. This meal will often have me making 12 servings of oatmeal, two or three dozen eggs, three loaves of whole-grain bread, a one-kilo tub of yogurt, or 24 whole-grain waffles, plus ...more

3 Ways to Transform Traditional Pesto

One of the most simple, delicious sauces is a classic pesto. Traditionally, pesto genovese, which is named after its originating home in Genoa, Italy, is a simple sauce made from nuts, cheese, garlic, basil, olive oil, and salt. While pine nuts are ...more

Grilled Peach, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad Pizza

To make myself happy, I put out some food and decided I would make a simple dinner for the family that I could use for my guests as well. I had thought about making a basic pizza, as we love pizza and really have not had one in a while, but then I ...more

9 Easy Swaps to Help with Frugal Budgeting

[Editor's Note: This great list of suggestions spans clothes to food to utilities.]Budgeting and saving doesn't have to mean sacrificing. It might just mean making small changes or tweaks in what you've been accustomed to. Swapping should be easy and painless, it just takes creativity and preparation!...more

Meatballs, Southern Italian Style

These meatballs are easy to prepare, the ingredients are affordable, and it’s the ideal meal for lunch or dinner. Your family will love it so much that you’ll want to make these often....more
My husband grew up in Cameroon and in France and he complains about the American meatballs.  He ...more

Greek Salad Spaghetti Squash Bowl from Kalyn's Kitchen

This Greek Salad Spaghetti Squash Bowl from Kalyn's Kitchen has a base of spaghetti squash, something I rediscover in the fall every year. ...more

Sweet Pea Spray Piped on Fondant

Last week was one of those crazy weeks, you know when adding an extra task makes you want to pull your hair out of your head. During my hectic week a friend needed 2 1/2 dozen cookies for a baby shower and asked if  I could create them. Of course I didn’t say no, however I needed a design that was beautiful yet fast. Royal icing sweet peas are my go to flower when I am in pinch. I have also used them when I want to... ...more

BROOKLYN! FEAST

Brooklyn's annual 18th Avenue SANTA ROSALIA  Feast!Tonight (AUG 27) my cousin CALEPS DJ is DJ-ing at the feast &  my   father ANGELO VENUTO will be appearing singing his dance remixes - club hits "L'Italiano", "Ti Amo" &  "Sweet Caroline"The 18th ave feast will have many food stands - sausage & pepper stands / fried zeppolis and even summer drink stands. The feast is about 10 - 20 blocks....more

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

What is with all these desserts?If that is the question you are asking my blog, I would like you to picture this scenario: you have just moved to an entirely different part of the country and are looking for a job. Except for the place you are staying at has no internet. That does seem to complicate things a little bit ....more

Seattle Book Launch Party for IFBC Attendees

Join me for a glass of wine and purchase a signed copy my latest cookbook, A Taste of Washington! Sign up on the form below, be sure to list the name of your blog in the message section, and then hit send to reserve your spot in the event. Book Signing and Wine Reception Sponsored by Cooking with Michele, Farcountry Press, and Chateau Ste ....more

Monk Fruit sweetener

Yellow packets, blue packets, pink packets - and orange packets? New options in the zero-calorie sweetner section are making it challenging to know which to choose.  On a recent episode, Dr. Mehmet Oz recommended the orange packet kind, called Monk fruit.Low on the glycemic index, monk fruit has zero calories but enough sweetness to make it perfect for your cuppa tea, mug of coffee or bowl of cereal. Options include:...more

Honeydew-Avocado Salsa

In the past salsa-verde has been a favorite of mine, it’s tangy and great on chicken, eggs and just about everything. I am always looking for new ways to eat light, fresh, healthy meals that are inspired by produce. When I am eating clean, I never really struggle with proteins because I have my standby’s that I could (and do) eat practically every day ....more

9 Easy Swaps to Help with Frugal Budgeting

[Editor's Note: This great list of suggestions spans clothes to food to utilities.]Budgeting and saving doesn't have to mean sacrificing. It might just mean making small changes or tweaks in what you've been accustomed to. Swapping should be easy and painless, it just takes creativity and preparation!...more

Bellam Thalikalu Recipe - Vinayaka Chavithi Prasadam Recipes - Step by Step Recipe

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Rice Flour 1/2 cup Jaggery, powdered 1.5 cups + 1/2 cup Water 1 tbsp Poppy Seeds 1 1/2 tsp Ghee A pinch of Salt 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder Instructions: Dry roast the poppy seeds till they change color. Keep them aside. Take the rice flour in a mixing bowl and set aside ....more

Sushi Miyaki - omakase (Portland, Maine)

This is the fourth and final post about our weekend trip to Portland. Other posts in this series include...more

Lemon Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Walnuts

Two years ago, I tried growing brussel sprouts in my garden. ...more