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…


Zucchini Patties with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce

This is a meal in a sandwich—a zucchini burger that’s blended with mashed chickpeas and breadcrumbs and nicely seasoned with spices and fresh herbs. It’s equally appropriate on a summer’s day in the backyard as on a wintry night in front of the fire. The pine nuts add crunch and,…


Hope you celebrated National Veggie Burger Day on June 5th!

June 5th is annual National Veggie Burger Day and on that day, the folks at Amy’s Kitchen who created this special new food holiday on June 5th, 2016 encourage everyone to enjoy their favorite veggie patty on a bun and celebrate the positive impact plant-based veggie burgers have on us and the…


Kitchen Shrink: How can you make sure fruit pies don’t become too soggy when baked?

I recently got a question entitled “Soggy Fruit Pies” from Audrey, a viewer. That got my attention! She asked for my best tip for “making sure fruit pies don’t become too soggy when baked.” She particularly asked about blueberry and peach fillings. Here are my thoughts. If you are making…


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