Academy Awards Inspired Foods

I love any reason to party, and a Hollywood themed Academy Awards Watch Party sounds like a perfect excuse to invite friends, make some cocktails and serve some Hollywood themed foods! This year I am doing a Biscuit Bar, because what could be better than tiny sandwiches?… tiny buttery biscuits filled with fried chicken (and truffle honey), a BLT Biscuit, or a Pimento Cheese Biscuit. It’s inspired by the movie […] Read Full Post

Top Aphrodisiac Foods and How to Cook Them For Valentine’s Day

We’ve all heard red wine, chocolate and oysters are natural aphrodisiacs, but there are so many more foods that can help you get in the mood. Here are some new ones to try in the kitchen if you’re cooking for someone you love this Valentine’s Day. I included some simple and delicious recipes that use at least two aphrodiciac ingredients in each bite.
  • Avocados: packed with vitamin E, which helps
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How Not To Die: The Book that Got Me Thinking

How_Not_To_Die_image I read this book, well, if I’m honest, I’m still wading my way through the nearly 600 pages of information that’s scientifically based on the studies of plant-based diets and their effects on the leading causes of death in the US. It’s pretty convincing. But while I’m having a hard time giving up some of my favorite products and ingredients like cheese, eggs and meat, I am adding in more […] Read Full Post

Got Milk: What’s the Difference?

There’s an interesting debate going on right now between cow’s milk producers and makers of plant based milk alternatives like soy, almond and coconut. Dairy milk producers want the FDA to crack down, ensuring only cow’s milk can be labeled ‘milk’.  That may be because dairy milk sales are down almost 50% compared to a decade ago, while sales of nut milks like almond are sky rocketing. I thought I’d […] Read Full Post

Purple Super Foods – Why You Should Try them Now

Violet hued fruits and vegetables seem to be having their moment doctors, nutritionist and health bloggers are including them in their diet and here’s why you should too! Anthocyanins help protect your cell walls and studies show they can help fight off cancer and disease. Purple fruits and veggies are rich in anthcyanins so they taste delicious and are even more nutritious. Purple carrots, cauliflower, striped purple eggplant, red onions, […] Read Full Post

Bacon Bar – The Essential Recipes to Wow Guests

Bacon. I promise if you set out any appetizer with bacon in it, your guests will leave you alone in the kitchen (instead of hovering over your shoulder, asking a million questions, keeping you in that kitchen even longer!) and entertain themselves (whew!). I think this Bacon Bar is brilliant, if I say so myself. I teamed up with Smithfield, the bacon kings, to create this amazing spread that highlights […] Read Full Post

Latkes – Taste Tested and Perfected Hanukkah Potato Pancakes

I finally created the perfect potato pancake. After years of experimenting with different potatoes, onions, flours and oils, I have come up with the one and only recipe you’ll ever need for Hanukkah latkes. Traditional latkes call for matzoh meal, which I find to make the pancakes soggy and onions, which is overpowering to both my kitchen and my stomach. Ditch the onions, matzoh meal and vegetable oil and try […] Read Full Post

Last Minute Homemade Holiday Gifts

If you’ve forgotten anyone on your holiday gift giving list, I can’t think of anything more personal than a gift basket filled with beautifully hand selected items, from candles to picture frames. And even better is to include a homemade element, like peppermint bark or homemade scones. Here are some of my favorite edible gifts to give for the holidays. Each one goes with a themed gift basket designed entirely […] Read Full Post

Thanksgiving Flavored Snacks: Taste Test

If you’ve been to a Trader Joe’s or the snack aisle of any grocery store, you know that brands are willing to do anything to get you in the holiday spirit (and spending). Here is a taste test of several Thanksgiving flavored snacks, from Turkey and Gravy Flavored Kettle Chips, to apple pie cheddar cheese and sugar cookie flavored popcorn and what the host from the nationally syndicated Eyeopener TV […] Read Full Post