Ode to Bacon

Ode to Bacon ...more

The First Father's Day Without My Dad

Bear with me — I promise, there are recipes at the end of the tunnel.When someone in your life dies, you embark upon the well-worn path of a year of “firsts”. People who’ve gotten there before you, who’ve lost someone central to their lives, will tell you about what it’s like to maneuver through that initial 12 months of “this is the first year that ______ hasn’t been at ___________.”...more
@Karen Ballum thank you so much, Karen.more

Hungry for Words - Upcoming Weekend Food Writing Workshops

What makes great food writing endure? How do you take your writing to the next level? What does it take to sell a food memoir? Join me June 22nd-23rd when I'll be hosting my intensive weekend-long food writing workshop "Hungry for Words" on the east coast for the first time thanks to the independent bookstore Politics & Prose and non-profit Writer's Center in Washington, D.C. ...more

Skirt Steak Fajitas

Fajitas are a great weekday, healthy meal. You can substitute steak for any protein you want, or even replace with beans for a veggie fajita. The flavor profile is vibrant (as are the colors) and the prep time is no more than 30-40 minutes max....more

Cookies from the CIA!

While shopping for my husband’s birthday, I happened to “spy” a baker at the San Diego Public Market rumored to bake some of the best tasting desserts in town.  It didn’t take a covert operation to meet Lydia, who operates Sweet Lydia’s desserts....more

The One with the Mango Kulfi

 The one with the mulfi  As monsoon lashes against the Kerala coast, and rains creep up the sub-continent following their usual trail, I decide that I too in my fashion must address the Indian obsession with the mango. Clichéd it is, of course; bordering on oral fixation, true; but, well, cultures perhaps owe it to themselves somewhat to live up to their stereotypes, especially if said stereotypes were first generated-for and subsequently were seen-through-and-analyzed-as-thus-by goras.Ergo, the mango.Or rather, if we were to go with the flow, the magical mangoes from Dharamtallah, which played a critical role in pushing me from one side of the blogosphere (foodporn-viewing) to the other (foodporn-contributing or whatever). But long before these magical mangoes, came the train journeys to Howrah, at the end of the summer holidays. So that is where the story really begins....more

Should Newer Recipe Writers Threaten Established Pros?

Amy Reiley started a wildfire on an IACP blog post recently, when she said hobby food bloggers who don’t test recipes thoroughly and don’t charge enough are sidelining professionals like herself. Here’s a sample:...more
 @ItsAllRelative  You will use 90 percent of recipes? That's awesome. Most people try 2 or 3 ...more

The Awful Truth, And Other News

Big Bang Manon Macarons & Japanese Matcha Biscotti

Yesterday I got packed from my best friend who lives in Jakarta. She promised me to send second season of Big Bang Theory ( I know pals, this series now run in season 5, and I’m pretty late to follow this series, but better late than passing the gorgeous of Sheldon Cooper :D). First time I saw this series, seriously I don’t get it what they said, everything what Sheldon and Leonard says they connect it with science. But thank to Penny, the only ordinary person on the gang, she’s like a guide for gazers who give the sigh which the sentences that Sheldon and friends says need to be ignore or note  :D. Moreover, those genius nerdy weirdos act with their social life are major “funnierd” (funny and weird haha…) don’t you laugh out loud when u saw the 1st season of episode where Raj and Howard trying to woo Sheldon hot sister  ;D? Well I really do!  ...more

Holly's Halishkas: New Age Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

I've been waiting patiently for one of my posted dishes to fill the house with the irresistible home cooking aroma of my youth. Ah, I've arrived. These are amongst the best halishkas I've ever tasted. I would proudly serve them at a dinner party. I sampled one as soon as I removed the casserole from the oven...just to check for doneness and desirability. Then another...just because....more
I grew up on Gołąbki as well, Jane. This sounds delicious with quinoa, I'll have to try ...more