Zoes Kitchen (restaurant review)

I have a new blog up on The Epicurean Paparazza food blog site, where I reviewed Zoes Kitchen in Plano, Tx.  Check it out, especially if you're in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area; however, there are locations in twelve states altogether.  So if you live in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia...check it out and find what cities they're in!  Amazing place!http://epicureanpaparazza.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/zoes-kitchen-plano-tx/ ...more

My Food Blogging: The Epicurean Paparazza

I just wanted to put a link up to share my food blog that I also have.  It is mostly recipes, with a few restaurant reviews thrown in.  There will gradually be more reviews, but with all of the requests that I get regularly for my recipes, I have started adding those more and more.  Check it out...let me know what you think!  (I would LOVE to attend the Blogher Food Conference in May...too bad it's a little out of the budget right now - maybe next time). www.epicureanpaparazza.wordpress.com:) ...more

Gluten-Free Hot Soft Pretzels

One of the treats that my 8-year old son has been craving lately is a hot soft pretzel. Now that he's on a gluten-free diet, I've been learning to bake quick breads and snacks (e.g., pumpkin muffins, almond scones, banana bread, granola bars), but I hadn't tried baking yeasted breads yet. I haven't made any yeasted breads or pretzels for that matter in a really long time....more

"Blogger" is Not a Four Letter Word

Since when did the word “blogger” take on the evil nuances of those colorful four-letter words that your parents taught you never to utter and threatened to wash your mouth out with soap if they ever heard them fly from your lips? It seems that everybody and their brother writes a blog these days, including me. I have no pretentions about what or who I am as a writer. I make no journalistic claims....more

I had just come hot off the press with my own take on this war of words ... and there you were ...more

Adventure into Gluten-Free Baking {Gluten/Dairy/Egg Free Cinnamon Spiced Scones}

Although I've been baking since I was a child, I'm new to gluten-free baking....more

Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck (Jan 4, San Francisco)

Join co-hosts Lex Leifheit & Irina Zadov for a monthly dinner party where writers and foodies come together in an art gallery to eat, write, and share. Discover local chefs & writers, bring a dish on our monthly theme, and participate in a quick-write competition for edible & literary prizes! Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 with a potluck dish, or $12 at the door and include refreshments and delicious eats. Cash bar. House opens at 6:30pm. January's theme is "Blurred Identity" and the prize is AMAZING, every foodie's dream! ...more

Write Better Recipes: Avoid the Seven Most Common Recipe Writing Errors

In the last week, I’ve been editing recipes for two books by food bloggers. Both have short deadlines, and I’ve been working long hours. That’s okay. It’s so much fun to see such creativity and invention, to fantasize about which recipes I’m going to try, and –- yes -– to nitpick. Such is the job of an editor. ...more
Thanks! As a blogger who posts recipes occasionally, these tips were really helpful!more

Life: It's Not About the Food

Some times, maybe even most times, food is not about the food. This week, a handful of posts stood up and grabbed my eyeballs because they're kinda-sorta food-related but really, are about the people, the fun, the moments, the playfulness, the friendships, the memories, the mood. The food? It anchors these writings. But the food itself? It's hardly the point. ...more

Right here on BlogHer, I stumbled upon this post, which is about little children being aware ...more

Poetry Friday: Her Spice Shelf

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Review of The Tenth Muse by Judith Jones

Judith Jones, at least to me, is one of those women in publishing. You know, those ones. You've heard their name somewhere, only you can't remember where. Maybe on NPR? You know she's responsible for something to do with...oh, cookbooks...publishing...you're pretty sure she's really important. Recently I picked up a copy of The Tenth Muse at the library feeling I ought to get to know a bit more about what this woman has done for publishing and also for cooking. Suffice to say if there was a great discovery to be made, Jones quite likely had a hand in it... ...more