Last-Minute DIY Holiday Food Gifts

Even as winter's chill descends upon us, there's still plenty of DIY gifts you can concoct in time for the big holiday. Here's a few ideas for gifts, some of which can be whipped up in mere minutes. ...more

6 Things to Do With End-of-Summer Tomatoes

Got tomatoes? Here's a rundown of ways to put up your maters, from basic canned tomatoes to salsa, ketchup and more.  1. CANNING TOMATOES ...more
Definitely! Don't forget diced and stewed tomatoes freeze and can beautifully!more

10 Food Blog Trends That Should Stop

In food, as in fashion, trends come and go. As in fashion, some of those trends become so ubiquitous that we simply tire of them. And so, like peplums and ombre hair, here is a list of trends in food blogging that we'd like to be able to say in retrospect were so 2013. Stripey Straws Image: Courtesy of Sean Timberlake ...more
Stripey straws need to stop? Ughhh I actually kind of liked those. Now what am I supposed to use ...more

If You Fail to Plan a Party, You Plan to Fail

Last year was the first time we hosted Thanksgiving. We seated 12, which is the absolute top capacity we can accommodate in our dining room without going double-decker. Moreover, we did this just three days after returning from a week in Mexico.We entertain pretty frequently, whether it's a casual get together with another couple or a big blowout multicourse dinner party. It's something we enjoy doing. But in order to keep it fun for everyone including us, not to mention to preserve our sanity, we put a fair amount of planning into each event....more
Love your post! We host our annual braai (rhymes with "sky" - it's a South African barbecue - my ...more

Kitchen Tip: Blend in a Mason Jar

I, of course, am an avid preserver, and therefore we have approximately 1 million mason jars in our condo. If you believe Pinterest, there are 1 million uses for them. However, I don't see the value in painting them or turning them into cutesy votive holders or what have you. I use them for canning and storing dry goods, and that's about it. ...more
LOL, we use them as drinking glasses!more

Preserve It Now for Autumn Entertaining

When summer's bounty is at its peak, the sheer volume of canning can begin to feel like drudgery. (Even the best-intentioned planning tends to go awry.) But remember: the hard work you put in now pays off many-fold in the months to come. ...more
Duck prosciutto is dead simple unless you forget that it's hanging in your (communal) garage. ...more

Charcutepalooza: Meat the Community

Two bloggers, Cathy Barrow of Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen and Kim Foster of The Yummy Mummy, wanted to undertake a friendly challenge -- to tackle a different project each month from "Charcuterie" by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. Turns out, everyone else wanted to do this, too. ...more

I've got a 5# belly for pancetta and 5# of hog jowls for guanciale in the fridge right now ... ...more

Q&A with Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen

Jaden Hair (pictured above with her sons Nathan, 5, and Andrew, 6) is one of an increasing number of bloggers who have made the leap from hobbyist to media professional. With incisive wit, lush imagery and craveably simple, family-friendly recipes, Jaden's blog Steamy Kitchen became the hub of her ever-growing media empire in online, print and broadcast media. Her first book, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook, brings easy Asian recipes into the home. We were able to get a few minutes of her time to discuss the Steamy Kitchen phenomenon....more

Jaden's kids are weapons-grade cute.


I say mujadara, you say ... what I said

This has been cross-posted from my blog, Hedonia. ...more

I'm just amazed they even carefully changed "deceptive" to "Mediterranean" and "you" into ...more