Strawberry Season

June 30, 2010

Nothing says summer to me like a box of strawberries. They compliment every meal and are always bursting with flavor, a healthy way to get a sugar fix. Fresh strawberries on their own are already the perfect treat, but I’m prone to dress them up a bit for the occasion. They’re the best addition to […]

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Soda Stream Sizzles!

June 28, 2010

Ok, so I own a lot of kitchen equipment. This is true, but I only buy items that I know will be useful in the household.  With that said… During the holidays, I was working long hours and trying to finish my holiday shopping. It was drawing close to Christmas day and I was looking […]

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A Summer’s Night Pie

June 25, 2010

I feel lucky to come from a family that loves good food, but even luckier that I have friends who also share the same passion for the kitchen. I smile every time I get a text or call from someone summoning the group of girls together for a pie-baking and movie night. As anyone who […]

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Perfect Aeration for the Perfect Glass of Wine

June 24, 2010

Aerating wine is the process of incorporating air into the wine which enhances the wine’s complex qualities. As wine breathes, it opens up, and releases its natural aroma and flavor. With proper aeration, the flavor softens and mellows out a bit and the wine’s overall properties improve. There is a product on the market which […]

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From the Recipe Box: Turkish Lamb Pizza

June 23, 2010

This is one of my favorite recipes. It comes from Joanne Weir’s cookbook, From Tapas to Meze. Joanne Weir is is a chef, cooking instructor, and James Beard award-winning cookbook author. She is the host of “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class”, a public television show. I met her years ago when she taught a cooking class. […]

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The Sous Chef

June 19, 2010

Behind every great chef is a sous chef, that bright-eyed and eager helper who takes some of the pressure off the always multi-tasking chef. That is how I found myself working alongside my mother in the kitchen for as long as I could be more help to her than hindrance. I’ve measured out countless ingredients […]

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The Vegetable Stand

June 16, 2010

I just returned from a quick getaway with my family to the beach. It was one of those trips where there was a lot going on at home and much to pull away from, but we all put our obligations aside for just a few days to celebrate the end of the school year and […]

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Cinnamon Rolls Must Mean Love

June 13, 2010

I made cinnamon rolls this morning, so today I sit high on the throne of motherhood. My children equate cinnamon rolls with love. The intoxicating aroma of bread, butter and cinnamon baking awakens the senses deep within one’s psyche giving way to feelings of love and adoration.  As my children enjoy these sweet treats, they […]

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A Few of My Favorite Things – Part 1

May 24, 2010

If you love kitchen equipment as much as I do, it is hard to narrow down your favorites to a few items. Having worked in kitchen stores for over nine years, I have a lot of equipment to choose from! The proper kitchen equipment makes a huge difference in your efficiency in the kitchen. Here […]

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Pass the Pink Salt Please

May 22, 2010

What is that pink salt that you see in the gourmet stores? It is pink himalayan salt from the foothills of the Himalayan mountains formed from ancient sea salt deposits. It is believed to be the purest form of salt available. It is mined in the Khewra Salt Mines, the second largest salt mine in […]

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