What Does Breadfruit Actually Taste Like?

When my husband and I settled on a honeymoon itinerary that would take us from island nation to island nation in the South Pacific, I looked up what food was native to the cultures we'd be visiting. Breadfruit, or ulu, as it's known locally, is very common in both Samoa and American Samoa, both places we'd be visiting along the way. ...more
It's starchy, but pretty good! I say that when you travel, it's always fun to try the local foods.more

Six Great Edible Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Looking for some great edible hostess gift ideas for the upcoming holidays? These ideas are fantastic options, whether you're headed to someone's house for a Thanksgiving or winter holiday feast, or going to visit relatives and don't want to show up empty-handed. Each one of them would be a welcome treat for whoever's welcoming you into their home. ...more
Oh. The cranberries look so pretty!more

New Cookbook 'Melt' Elevates Macaroni and Cheese

When you think of macaroni and cheese, do your thoughts turn to casseroles of elbow noodles baked with a cheddar cheese-based sauce? You wouldn't be alone—for many, macaroni and cheese, even with variations that include broccoli, bacon, or other treats, is a dish that is often very much the same from one kitchen to the next. Cookbook authors and bloggers Garrett McCord and Stephanie Stiavetti are trying to change that perception with the release of their book Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese. Can this popular dish be reinvented as a salad? A soup? Dessert? McCord and Stiavetti prove it can in many delicious and interesting ways. ...more
Nice interview!  Not a mac and cheese (rubber and goo) lover.  But intrigued by the wonderful ...more

Why I Spent $700 on Dinner for Two

I appreciate artistry in so many forms, but I am willing to pay hard-earned money to eat spectacular, mind-boggling food that plays on all my senses....more
@toufga Where was the dinner? Someplace great?more

Newlywed Gift Idea: A Fabulous Dinner Out

I've given restaurant gift certificates as wedding gifts in the past myself—I especially consider them to be a great option for couples who have already established their households and don't really need any more "stuff" cluttering their lives. It's also fun to introduce my newly married friends to some of my favorite places, many of which they might not have ever thought to try. But I'll admit, it never occurred to me that we might receive some as gifts ourselves!...more
Great ideamore

The Dorie Clark Method of Reinventing Your Personal Brand

I've had a lot of identities over the course of my post-collegiate career: Fiction writer, aquatics coordinator, reporter, webmaster, corporate communications manager, client services representative, editor, blogger, communications director. Each role has required me to rethink how I appear in the world and to redefine how others see me. And each time would have been easier if I'd had a copy of Dorie Clark's soon-to-be released book, Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future....more
WellsConLLC Appreciate it, David!more

Farewell to Chinua Achebe

On March 21, Chinua Achebe, the groundbreaking African writer whose work has been read by millions, died in Boston. I heard about his death early on the morning of March 22, and slipped my copy of Things Fall Apart, his first and arguably most famous novel, from my bookshelf to look through it again in tribute to this great author....more
@Patton Thanks so much.more

New Book 'Behind the Kitchen Door' Exposes the Injustice of the Restaurant Industry

Over the past month or two, my office has been a veritable hotbed of infection. Even some of those who are normally immune to hacking coughs and feverish faces have been felled by the viruses running rampant this flu season. Lucky for us, when one of us is too sick to work, we have paid leave to fall back on, or the flexibility to work from home. This is not so for many restaurant workers in America, which means that when they're sick, they're often on their feet, in the kitchen, preparing food that ends up on all of our tables. ...more
@Butiwantcake That's so problematic. Ugh. Come back and let us know what you think of the book ...more

The Future of Food: Farmers Markets Go Virtual

In the San Francisco Bay Area, we're pretty spoiled when it comes to farmers markets. There's a market within easy striking distance of most area residents six days a week year-round. But in most parts of the United States, that's not the case, which means it can be more challenging for those who really want to buy locally grown food and locally produced edible goods to get to a market in person....more
Using the web to find farmers markets is better, in my opinion, than actually doing the shopping ...more

So Long, And Thanks For All The Recipes

This New Year’s Eve, I’m taking a deep breath as I ready myself for one hell of a 2013 ahead. There are good things in store: I’m marrying a man I never thought I’d be lucky enough to find, and I’m moving into a house in a few weeks—my first time without shared walls since the late 1990s. And, there is the bittersweet: as of today, I’m bidding farewell to serving as BlogHer’s Food Section Editor. ...more
Good luck to you, Genie!more
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