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
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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

Mike and Ike and M&M Candy Lightbulbs

These candy lightbulbs look almost too good to be true, but upon closer inspection, they don't just look great, they're awfully simple to put together! They're a really cute idea for decorating a holiday table. --Genie] ...more
Love it!!!!more

8 Great Books To Give To Your Favorite Foodies

No matter how much time I spend looking up recipes online, I'm still happiest when I'm curled up in my favorite chair, flipping through a hard-copy cookbook for just the right recipe to make next. Cookbooks and food books are great gifts for anyone who loves spending time in the kitchen. Here are some of my favorite picks from books released by bloggers in 2012. ...more

Festive Packaging For Your Holiday Baked Goods

I used to bake many batches of cookies every holiday season. I'd put an assortment in dozens of plastic sandwich bags, tie them with red and green ribbon, and then hand them out to friends and classmates and teachers at school. The cookies were good, but my packaging, well, lacked a bit of creativity. That's why I love this assorted list of ideas for great ways to pack up and gift holiday baked goods—it's a whole set of affordable, beautiful options that are way better than I could have thought up on my own! ...more

A Tool To Turn Your Kindle Into A Cookbook

Thanks to a technologically-savvy food lover who needed an easier way to store and transport her favorite recipes, avid cooks and Kindle users can sign up for an account on KindleCooking, a free site that allows users to store recipes and move them to their Kindles (or, now, their iPad) in a single click....more
What a clever idea !  I worry about the copyright thing too,by the way Kindle does have a "Send ...more