Are You Cut Out For The Professional Kitchen?

Do you long for a career in the food service industry? Do you spend hours watching The Food Network dreaming that some day you, too, will grace the stage of Kitchen Stadium, standing toe-to-toe with Bobby Flay? Take this handy quiz and find out if you're living the dream or just dreaming: are you cut out for the professional kitchen?...more
I still smell like soup, grease, onions and, on occasion, fish.  Scrubbing one's hands with ... more

In Dog Memoriam: Magnus The Great

The loss of a pet, a unique type of pain that never gets easier. Here, the Food Gypsy takes a break from the kitchen to honor her beloved dog, Magnus The Great:...more
I miss him still, it's so quiet... and clean... around here.  Our remaining dog, Miss Teah ... more

My Take on Food Styling and Photography

When I first picked up a DSLR camera and began photographing/blogging regularly, I never imagined I'd fall so head-over-heels in love with food photography and styling. Nor could I have predicted that less than 2 years later, I'd be getting such incredible support from my readers, and more recently, an increasing number of emails asking for photography advice. I have no idea if this comes across online, but I'm actually quite a shy person in real life. It's truly a testament to you all that I feel quite at ease writing this post today....more
A well thought out post, excellent content. more

Have You Been to the Magic Room?

The big moments in Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters might remind you a bit of an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. The bride enters a special room with what she hopes is the dress that she will wear at her wedding. When the dress is right, it's a powerful moment. One that I have not experienced. ...more
I just got engaged over the holidays, at 47 this will be my first wedding. Reading your ... more

Failure to Launch: Why Won't My Adult Children Leave the Nest?

Now with three adult children I am still finding that I continue to learn my job as a parent is not finished and I still have things to learn. How I interact with my adult children and what I both expect and tolerate from them continues to evolve -- and in some cases needs to evolve. I also have found in my wise older age that sometimes as I try to help my adult children it results in holding them back. I have a 21- and 23-year-old that seem to be in a holding pattern because we keep helping them out when they lose their jobs and have no place to stay. Then they don't look for new jobs very aggressively and they allow the rest of us to pay their bills, etc....more
The best advice I've ever been given is now the only advice I give and that is "do what's right ... more

Five Ways to Hook a Reader

The reality is that many readers drop books or blog posts simply because the writer didn't ram a hook in them. Don't understand what I mean by a hook? Read The Writing Bug's advice on five ways to hook your reader. It's great advice for book writers and blog writers alike. ...more
Great piece Brooke. I recently took a writer's choaching class with Food Writing maven Molly ... more

How I Fall Back Into Family Traditions & Create My Own

Moving from summer into fall is a gradual process for us Floridians, but eventually the long, hot, and lazy days of summer give way to the cooler, short days of autumn. Life just seems to move faster when the temperatures drop and nights begin earlier. Kids are back to a busy school routine, work seems to pick up, and just when there's more to do there's less time to do it. Before we know it, the holiday season is upon us. Seems like Halloween is barely on the radar, and then suddenly it's time to prepare for Thanksgiving, and that means Christmas is around the corner. Who has time to do it all? I don't!...more
@JoelleM Not all butter is created equally. more

The Simpsons Take On Food Blogging

This Sunday night, The Simpsons will air an episode titled The Food Wife. It's a send-up of food blogging as only the Simpsons can do it—Marge, Lisa and Bart start a food blog called The Three Mouthketeers....more
HAHAHAHA... I love that! What no up at 4AM to get a post up in time?! #lifeofafoodblogger more

Ottawa's Natasha LeBlanc: A Chef Committed to Bacon

[Editor's Note: Some people wear their heart on their sleeve, but others just wear their favorite food on their arm...even if that food shows up in the form of a tattoo. Thanks to Food Gypsy, I recently learned about Natasha LeBlanc, a chef with locavore sensibilities and a serious commitment to the love of pork—so serious, in fact, that she's inked a strip of bacon around her arm. --Genie] ...more
@Genie Gratto Oh, not just any spaetzle, sour cream spaetzle... for added gurth. Because mac ... more