Texas: Here I Come!

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To say I’m excited to return to Texas next week is an understatement (schedule deatils below). When I last visited in 2013, for the promotion of the Mad Hungry Cravings book, I had more fun than should be allowed on a working trip. Austin is always amazing, a favorite with which I feel a kindred spirit. Keep… View Article

Mad Hungry Family Book Tour 2016

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  Sitting on the plane bound for Seattle from NYC has me reflecting on the actual mechanics of writing a cookbook, and how satisfying it is when the time finally comes to share it. The process is a long one. I’m not sure folks realize what it really takes to make a heartfelt, workable cookbook…. View Article

Mad Hungry Family Is Here!

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  ­ My new book Mad Hungry Family: 120 Essential Recipes to Feed the Whole Crew, is so much more than recipes. It’s all about the why—Why cook meals for your loved ones in this get-it-quick and premade era? Alongside the recipes are the stories—the proof-of-concept “how-to.” From the outset of committing to cook for… View Article

The Finch: The Best Dining Experience I’ve Had in Years

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  Black Bass Japanese Sweet Potatoes Shrimp, Trout Skin and Roe (and a bunch of amazing spring vegetables)   Last week I ran into a former colleague at the Union Square Farmers Market here in NYC. Gabe McMackin worked closely with me at Martha Stewart during a time when we were developing food products for… View Article

Springtime Rhubarb Chutney

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One of the amazing things in my new life as a self-employed entrepreneur (better late than never) is the renewed ability to really cook with the seasons. To have time to leisurely visit the markets and to experience the first fruits and vegetables of the spring is a gift. For fifteen years, my job was to find, curate, expose, and… View Article
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Fish Dinner

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I love to eat fresh fish but I’m afraid it’s a less welcome dinner choice (than meat) for the guys in my life. Every time I make it I try to gussy it up a bit, so someone says, “that’s actually tastes really, really good!” I buy fish when it’s fresh, affordable and reasonably close to the… View Article
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Mexican Food

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It’s called Budin Azteca. My husband requests it for his birthday dinner every year. Since posting a few Instagram photos, I’ve had many queries about this dish. It’s no wonder so many folks LOVE Mexican food. Our household is no exception. The ingredients, flavors and techniques make for a very sophisticated and deeply nuanced cuisine. Even to say Mexican food is… View Article

Rosé Wine Season Begins

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Once the weather starts to warm up, rosé season begins around our house. A great rosé (and by “great” I don’t mean expensive) drinks beautifully with a variety of foods, and on its own as a cocktail. The amount of rosé to choose from at the liquor store has increased along with its popularity, unfortunately many of… View Article
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Shrimp Scampi Versatility

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It’s handy to have a few dishes up your sleeve that can be prepared in several different ways depending on how you are feeling, or more importantly, how your fridge, freezer, or pantry are stocked at that very moment. Shrimp scampi is one of those dishes. The recipe brings a few ingredients together to create a deeply familiar and deeply… View Article

Stir-Fry Strategy

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  I make this type of meal at least once a week. It’s not the same type of stir-fry my  mom made in the 70’s with leftovers from last night’s dinner. No disrespect, because I loved that dish (often based around leftover teriyaki pork). But over my last few decades of professional cooking, I’ve learned a lot… View Article