Why are Food Bloggers on BlogHer/SheKnows?

When I first started my food blog, Sweet and Spicy Monkey, I noticed many other food bloggers were a part of BlogHer.  So, I joined BlogHer in the hopes it would be a way to increase my followers and a great way to network with other food bloggers.And it was, until this last year when BlogHer joined with SheKnows. Now it's all about politics, celebrities, the latest trend, the LGBT community, and other things EXCEPT food. ...more

Split Pea Soup

4 Reasons You Should Use Herbs and Spices in Your Cooking

Some cooks can make every single dish he or she cooks taste amazing with herbs and spices. Others do not understand the importance of herbs and spices. Here are a few quick tips for cooking with herbs and spices.DigestionMany spices help to break up food particles and enable the digestive process to run more efficiently....more

Marvelous Machine

Twenty years ago, we put together a nutrition/exercise program, sponsored by the Dairy Council. Called The Marvelous Machine, it was pretty zany (as is typical of our shows), yet grounded in solid science. It included the fanciful “Dance of the Food Pyramid,” a cautionary tale of poor eater Matilda facing the rigors of gym class, and a skit featuring a couch potato watching his favorite TV programs (Steve’s Julia Child impersonation was a riot)....more

Confessions of a Roller Coaster Cook

Ask me what I have planned for dinner tomorrow night when PJ and his girlfriend are here. Go on! OK I’ll tell you. Lamb chops with crushed pistachios and chaat masala, saffron couscous, cucumber raita and homemade peppermint patties for dessert. Ta-da!...more

How a Non-Spanish Makes Recaito

There's an disagreement in our house over what this actually is. Hun insists on calling it sofrito, while I insist on calling it by it's name - recaito or recao. He's the one with Spanish heritage, Puerto Rican to be exact. And, while I have other heritages in my blood, Spanish is not one of them. Although I tend not to push very hard when it comes to some things, when I know I'm right, I dig my heels in. As his heart-wife and the chef in our family, I strive to learn and make some Spanish foods. So, inevitably, I have to look things up in order to learn how to make it....more

Uncle Guacamole's Fantasy Lunch Counter

When I was ten years old, my family took the short ride across the George Washington Bridge and into Manhattan to visit my Dad’s aunt.  A lifelong spinster, she was an accountant who lived high in an apartment building that shot its way up into the sky at 435 West 57th Street.  I was highly impressed with everything:  The midtown location, the doorman, the soft music in the elevator, the tiny, compact living quarters, my aunt’s adding machine with the smooth, green buttons and the frou-frou lunch we enjoyed across the street at the Holiday Inn....more

So Yummy (A Vegan Allegory)

Among the many difficulties of eating a vegan diet is that you are constantly challenged — by well-meaning family members, by coworkers, by mere acquaintances.  My advice to anyone considering going vegan is that this aspect of the lifestyle is far more difficult than the matter of finding something to eat.  The fact is that, without adequate support, you’re always going to be the odd person out. ...more

Focaccia Bread with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil and Oregano

Who enjoys baking?  You know who you are!  Nothing beats the fresh smell of home baked bread.  I remember as a kid, coming home on "bread day".  Grandma Rose did not like to purchase her bread and instead baked for the week.  What a joy to the senses, you could smell the yeast and freshly baked bread before you even opened the door!   Old times, right?  Now, with all of our busy schedules, bread baking has become somewhat of a luxury (time wise)....more

Blueberry Pancakes

BLUEBERRY PANCAKESBlueberry Pancakes have become one of my favourite special breakfasts on this trip! Especially as we can get some delicious fresh Canadian Blueberries!! Yummy!!It is surprisingly easy to throw the mix all together and makes for a delicious hearty breakfast to keep you going on a big day!...more
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