homemade vanilla extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is an essential ingredient in baking. This is the perfect DIY project which only requires two simple ingredients, vanilla beans and liquor. And the best part is, if you start now, it will be ready for holiday baking season come November. Selecting which vanilla bean to use is the first step in making […]

useful baking substitutes

Useful Baking Substitutes

Pandemic or not, knowing useful baking substitutes is essential for any home baker. As a chef, I can tell you, the most important skill in the kitchen is adaptability. While in lockdown the last 44 days, I can assure you, I have run out of all sorts of pantry/baking essentials; from flour to eggs, but that […]



Salt is essential for life and saltiness is one of the basic human tastes. Such a vast topic, one can even find entire books dedicated to this very subject. One of the most well-know books being, “Salt, A World History,” by Mark Kurlansky, a fascinating read actually, should you be interested. I am a salt […]

school lunch

School Lunch, Bento Style: Make It Healthy & Interesting

This is not a typical blog post of mine, replete with recipes.  I know that it’s back-to-school time for us and for a lot of other families.  The dread of packing school lunch(es) can be a daunting task for parents, myself included.  So this is a photo post to inspire you with lunch ideas as […]

10 kitchen gadgets for summer

10 Kitchen Gadgets For Summer

(1) S’well Bottles ($25-$45): beautifully designed reusable bottles from a women-owned company–love it and them.  They are not cheap, but well worth the investment if you are in the market for an insulated water bottle: this could be the last reusable water bottle you’ll ever need to buy.  They come in a variety of colors/designs and […]

pickled foods

Almost Anything Pickled Is Awesome

My husband loves pickles; well, anything pickled actually.  I honestly think it runs in the family, his father, one of his brothers, our nephew and one of our kids are exactly the same.  It is a deep love.  As a Father’s Day gift a few years ago, I gave my husband a “Pickle Every Month” […]

kitchen gadgets

Kitchen Gadgets + Gifts

I love kitchen gadgets.  They are often unnecessary, but they are clever, fun and can make great host or hostess gift.  Below are a few of my favorite gadgets that I think are rather useful and even worthy of coveted drawer space in one’s kitchen.  These kitchen gadgets are also easy to locate: most can be […]

butterflying chicken breast

How To Butterfly A Chicken Breast



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spiralizer demo

What The Heck Is A Spiralizer?

[KGVID][/KGVID] A spiralizer is a kitchen gadget I recently purchased at Sur La Table.  I will confess that it was a last minute purchase of a strategically-placed item near the check-out line.  I didn’t need a spiralizer, there was no spiralizer when I was in culinary school, but in Sur La Table that day I […]

cake trimming

How To Trim A Cake

General rule, cakes need to be trimmed before frosting.  This is especially important if you are making a layer cake of any kind.  It is not your fault when you bake a cake, it does not come out of the oven with uniform height: one part may bulge, or some other part may sink, Making it […]


How To Trim An Artichoke

Since I was a young kid, I have always enjoyed artichokes.  I liked them because, unlike everything else I ate, they did not require a fork (and obviously the melted butter too!).  Now I make artichokes often.  My kids now enjoy them for the very same reasons.   It was not until I was a grown-up that I […]


What Is That Crazy Fruit You See In The Grocery Store?

You know what I’m talking about right? You reach for some bananas, but in doing so, your arm grazes a vast assortment of odd-looking specialty fruit.  Brightly colored, with spikes, prickly, some even flower-like in appearance.  What are these crazy looking fruits and what the heck do you do with them if you are adventurous […]

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