August 15th would have been Julia’s 105th Birthday! Check out my quote on Tasting Table.

August 15th would have been Julia Child’s 105th Birthday! I am one of the many chefs who worked with her and am quoted in this tribute to her that appears on Tasting Table.


I discovered my favorite new jam at the Grafton Food Festival in July.

Oh no, I am almost out of my favorite new jam, Raspberry Jam from Sidehill Farm in Vermont. I found it at the Grafton Food Festival in July. It tastes like essence of raspberry and is not too sweet.


I was in Maine this summer and we ate at my cousins’ new restaurant.

I had the tastiest meal recently at my cousins’ new restaurant, Salt Pine Social, at 244 Front Street in Bath, Maine. Those are my cousins, Daphne Comaskey and Eloise Humphrey. They were already famous in Maine for their wonderful Mexican restaurant in Brunswick called El Camino (GQ awarded them best margarita…


Another fave discovery from the Fancy Food Show, Callie’s Biscuits.

Another fave discovery from the Fancy Food Show, Callie’s Biscuits. Here are the Country Ham Biscuits and Spicy Pimento Cheese in the back. I actually met the founder/owner, Carrie Morey at the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. We were both judges for the biscuit competition, but I never got over…


Kitchen Shrink: How to select and cut a mango.

I got a question on my web site from Tammy who said “I was wondering, if you could tell me how to select a good mango and the proper way to cut it?” Both very good questions. First of all a mango’s color indicates its variety not its ripeness, so red…


Another Discovery from the Fancy Food Show; fresh coconut water right from the coconut!

I drank fresh coconut water right out of the coconut (ridiculously refreshing) at Melissa’s Produce, a company out of California, that brings all sorts of unusual fruits and vegetables to supermarkets around the country. Sometimes known as a Fire Coconut, these coconuts are a product of Vietnam. Here’s what Melissa’s…


Kitchen Shrink: How do you decide which level of the oven to use?

I recently received a question from Wendell who asked, “ how do you decide which level of the oven to use for a given task.” In most cases selecting the rack in the middle of the oven is a good choice unless the recipe tells you to use the upper…


Five Acres Farms

I attended the Fancy Food Show last week and discovered several quality products and companies that I had not been aware of. One of them was Five Acres Farms. I was particularly smitten with their whole milk buttermilk and Kefir drinks. I was delighted to find out that they are…


Meet me in Reno, July 28th and 29th.

On Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th, I will be teaching at the Nothing To It Culinary Center,  225 Crummer Lane, in Reno, Nevada. On Friday, the class will be hands-on and starts at 6:00 pm. The Saturday class will be demonstration and starts at 10:30 am. For more information…


On June 15th, I was a judge on “Beat Bobby Flay!” Check here to see when it will air again.

“Deja Flay,” the first episode of the new season of “Beat Bobby Flay” aired Thursday, June 15, at 10pm ET/PT on the Food Network and I was a judge along with Michael Laiskonis and Sileshi Aliform. Anne Burrell returned to battle Marcus Samuelsson. In case you missed it, check here to find out when it will…


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