Nicole Hamaker

Over the last few years, I have come to realize that creating a meal in my own... read more

Kenmore Elite Appliance Reviews and Sweepstakes!

Four lucky BlogHer Reviewers upgraded to the latest appliances from Kenmore. Each blogger is updating us on their experience over the next few weeks as they discover how truly innovative these appliances are. After reading their posts and learning about the advanced features, which appliance would make the biggest change in your life? ...more
cazgo we bought a elite dishwasher 10 months ago it works fantastic. howver just recently the ...more

The Sauces of Summer: Greek Tzatziki Sauce

Next up in my series of posts on The Sauces of Summer is a sauce that you've probably had if you've gone to a Greek restaurant and ordered a Gyro or the Greek-style kabob called Souvlaki. Tzatziki is a yogurt and cucumber based sauce with herbs that's almost always served with both those dishes, and it's also served as a Meze or appetizer in Greece. Some Greek-American restaurants call this simply "white sauce" but whatever you call it, lots of people love Tzatziki sauce. ...more

I think next time I make it I will use mint and dill too! I bet your homemade pita bread is ...more

Thanksgiving Appetizers: Easy Recipes to Start

How long is your Thanksgiving to-do list? Mine too. So let's get to the point. The turkey's covered. The vegetable recipes are set. (Hmm, russets or Yukons for mashed potatoes?) Someone's bringing pie. But what about the appetizers, those small bites that stave off the hunger until Thanksgiving dinner itself? Here are five quick make-ahead recipes, ones that will wow your guests but not distract from the kitchen confusion activity. ...more

I'll be taking my Easy Baked Brie to my Daughters for Thanksgiving.

1 Round of Brie ...more

Make-Ahead or Crockpot Recipes Can Help with Timing for Thanksgiving Dinner

Even for experienced cooks, putting a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner on the table is a culinary challenge. People love lots of Thanksgiving side dishes, but the meal has turkey and gravy, which both need last-minute attention. Thanksgiving dinner can be a timing nightmare, but using a crockpot slow cooker is something that can really help. Another great Thanksgiving sanity-saver is making things ahead, then just reheating them or cooking them on turkey day....more
Yes, that's a dilemma.  A new crockpot for Christmas maybe?more

Origins Clear Improvement, Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque, and plain ol' aspirin: the face mask throwdown

A few months ago, I gave birth to my second child, a daughter. Although she is adorable (objectively speaking, of course), my pregnancy resulted in one minor -albeit annoying- side effect: CRAZY HORMONAL, BREAKOUT-PRONE SKIN, such that I bear more than an passing resemblance to the pimple-faced teen on The Simpsons. It's bad, people, especially considering that my biggest skin problem had previously been limited to my (big) pores, and the occasional pimple. ...more

I actually almost called you while in CVS the other day and trying to figure out the name of ...more

Cooking with Fresh Herbs: Mint

I'm writing a linked series of posts on BlogHer.com about Cooking With Fresh Herbs, and so far we've drooled over recipes using cilantro, tarragon, and parsley. Now Susan from The Lil' Mommy That Could has requested ideas for mint, which is something I love to cook with. If your only inspiration for mint is using it for summer drinks, read on! ...more
jchapstk Make mint flavored tea by filling a jar w black tea leaves, add spoonful of dried mint ...more

Kitchen Tips for Busy Cooks

Food bloggers are an experienced bunch. When we share a tip, readers take note. We're a curious bunch, too. We try new products, we test old techniques. And when we discover something new, we share it. Here are some recent kitchen tips from food bloggers -- little one-offs that just might change your life. Get out your notebooks, charge up De.licio.us. It's time to study up. ...more

Thanks, Alanna, for noticing the little things and for spreading smiles and encouragement.  Your ...more

Are There Cookbooks Inside Our Food Blogs?

Some eighty percent believe we have a 'book in us' (source, a 2002 Joseph Epstein essay), words and ideas waiting for the right moment, the right inspiration, the right typewriter, the right space, the right agent -- to rush onto paper and into print and off to the flurry of book tours and the resulting fame and fortune. Is it the same for food bloggers, do we have 'inner cookbooks' lurking inside our blogs? Are any of us the next new host on Food Network? ...more

Hi Alanna!

A thought provoking piece. Thank you for the shout-out.

I admit it. I ...more

Are There Cookbooks Inside Our Food Blogs?

Some eighty percent believe we have a 'book in us' (source, a 2002 Joseph Epstein essay), words and ideas waiting for the right moment, the right inspiration, the right typewriter, the right space, the right agent -- to rush onto paper and into print and off to the flurry of book tours and the resulting fame and fortune. Is it the same for food bloggers, do we have 'inner cookbooks' lurking inside our blogs? Are any of us the next new host on Food Network? ...more

Hi Alanna!

A thought provoking piece. Thank you for the shout-out.

I admit it. I ...more

Helpful Food Photography Tips from Fellow Bloggers

People who start food blogs often come to three realizations about food photography rather quickly : Food blogs need photos, taking pictures of food is rather difficult, and there are some amazing photographers out there writing food blogs. What's both lucky and wonderful is that our fellow food bloggers are often generous about sharing their expertise for those of us trying to improve our photography skills. Many times, these tips are not just for food bloggers or bloggers willing to invest in a digital SLR camera. For anyone taking photos and sharing them on a blog, you'll find useful tips here, no matter what camera you use or how much photography experience you have. ...more

Do you recommend the Nikon D3000 to beginners?more