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
I take a pretty competitive view when it comes to this argument. It's my job to offer something ... more

Priscilla Chan is Mark Zuckerberg’s College Sweetheart, Not Asian Fetish

Usually, when a couple gets married, they are showered with gifts and well-wishes. Not that Mark Zuckerberg is known to do anything the conventional way....more
First, I'm quite jealous that they had such a small wedding. And that they had those stringy ... more

5 Things NOT to Say to the Childfree

I was recently interviewed for an article in womansday on what not to say to the childfree. Writer Charlotte Lavala asked me about "cringe-worthy" things women can say to their childfree woman friends. I gave her a boatload of ideas, and a couple landed in the article. Here is more of what I told her:1. Asking, "Is/Are your ______ ok with you not wanting kids?" Fill in "husband" or "parents" or "grandparents"....more
This is excellent. Marvelous. I am in love with this. You have no idea what's going on in ... more

On Cooking One Day a Week

The Frugal Gourmet always talked about cooking one day a week, and I've lusted after directions ever since. (Cooking one day a week, of course, doesn't exactly mean you aren't cooking the rest of the week, but it does mean getting things ready so preparing meals during the week is easy.) Does this mean I have to have a meal plan? If I cook one day a week what should I do with all that I've cooked? What's the timeframe for cooking all those things??...more
 @elise.morris.mail OH! And I mix the salt and sugar into the flour. When I mix it into the milk ... more

On Cooking One Day a Week

The Frugal Gourmet always talked about cooking one day a week, and I've lusted after directions ever since. (Cooking one day a week, of course, doesn't exactly mean you aren't cooking the rest of the week, but it does mean getting things ready so preparing meals during the week is easy.) Does this mean I have to have a meal plan? If I cook one day a week what should I do with all that I've cooked? What's the timeframe for cooking all those things??...more
@elise.morris.mail Oh yeah. After bombing out on all the family recipes I just use the Better ... more

On Cooking One Day a Week

The Frugal Gourmet always talked about cooking one day a week, and I've lusted after directions ever since. (Cooking one day a week, of course, doesn't exactly mean you aren't cooking the rest of the week, but it does mean getting things ready so preparing meals during the week is easy.) Does this mean I have to have a meal plan? If I cook one day a week what should I do with all that I've cooked? What's the timeframe for cooking all those things??...more
 @Genie Gratto Genie, you are too kind! This stuff lets me slack off during the week and spend ... more

On Cooking One Day a Week

The Frugal Gourmet always talked about cooking one day a week, and I've lusted after directions ever since. (Cooking one day a week, of course, doesn't exactly mean you aren't cooking the rest of the week, but it does mean getting things ready so preparing meals during the week is easy.) Does this mean I have to have a meal plan? If I cook one day a week what should I do with all that I've cooked? What's the timeframe for cooking all those things??...more
 @jennyalice That's so nice of you! Glass is a good idea; I'm always a little leery about ... more

The Baker's Edge Pan is brilliant if you're not an idiot. *Ahem*

As an early Valentine's Day present this year I received the Baker's Edge pan. This little bit of brilliant is a nonstick metal pan that bakes up maze-shaped delights with maximum edges. Everybody knows brownie corners are the best. Nobody dislikes deep dish pizza, where the cheese and sauce are high up over the dough, baking into a crispy, chewy, greasy mouthful of amazing. Same goes for lasagna. And au gratin potatoes. Listen, this pan is a game-changer. You just have to learn how to use it. The hard way....more
 @Denise We idiots stumble upon tasty, tasty things. :) more

Dispatch From Type-A Land: Weekend "To Do" List for September 16

Happy Friday everybody! And halle-freaking-lujah. The first full week after a 3-day weekend always feels very long. It's been raining at night this week, which brings this wonderful feel of fall in the mornings. Like so many things, fall is complicated. I'm always more nostalgic in the fall. More preachy. More lusty for rolls and gravy. More inclined to knit or crochet. I'm ready for chilly nights. Which is why this double growing season thing feels wrong, wrong, wrong....more
Also tarantulas! To be fair, I only saw one tarantula and that was outside and the house had ... more

A Tragic Reminder That I Do Not Know Better than Better Homes and Gardens

There are times, friends, when you aren't an expert. There are times when you really should shelve your ego. This is an account when I encountered one of those times and took the wrong road. I'd like to call it the "Banana-Bread-Fail," which is just slightly less cliched and copyrighted than "Humble Pie." ...more
@victorias_view Oh that makes me happy. Do you know how many times I've made banana bread? But ... more