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Chef’s Winter Recipes: Dakota Weiss’ Miss Swiss Fondue

Born and raised in Southern California, Chef Dakota Weiss discovered her love for cooking at a very young age when her mother, suspense novelist Charmaine Coimbra, has taught her about cooking in the kitchen and organic gardening. It wasn’t until … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Paul Simon’s Baby Arugula with Caramelized Apples Salad

Chef Paul Simon is New York Beer Company’s Executive Chef, where he’s responsible for supervising and leading the operations of the busy kitchen. As a boy growing up in Florida, he didn’t have much appreciation of the changing seasons. But … Continue reading

Woman Claims Daily Water Drinking Took 10 Years Off Her Face

When it comes to our health and vitality, rarely do we consider how important a role water plays in nourishing our bodies with its life sustaining attributes. (source) Water hydrates tissues, carries nutrients to cells, purges toxins from our vital … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Fabrice Marcon’s St. Agur Salad with Honey Rosemary Vinaigrette

A native of France, Chef Fabrice Marcon was classically trained cook through the French apprenticeship system. At age 14, he began his training in classical French cuisine at 2- and 3-star Michelin restaurants. After being in in the French military … Continue reading

No Knead Bread Baking Method

As anyone who has baked bread knows, kneading the dough is the most time consuming part of the bread making process. (source) Eric, the founder of Breadtopia.com, a baking website and store proposes an alternative method of baking bread that … Continue reading

Phillips Distilling Co. Launches Sriracha-Flavored Vodka

Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, a spicy Thai-style hot sauce produced by Huy Fong Foods in Irwindale, California, is used on everything by hot sauce lovers, and has been America’s most famous sriracha since the 1980s, rivaling soy sauce as the … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Gena Knox’s Smoked Cheddar Popovers

A native of Middle Georgia, Gena Knox has found comfort in their kitchen at a young age, working with their homegrown fruits and vegetables. Her lifelong passion for cooking and locally grown foods paved the way for her career as … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: John Gurnee’s Roasted Delicata Squash and Persimmon Salad

Chef John Gurnee has recently been appointed as Chef de Cuisine for LB Steak in Menlo Park, California. Now 35 years old, the path to his career now was not a simple walk in the park. Born and raised in … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Richard Sandoval’s Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)

Chef Richard Sandoval grew up in Mexico City, where he would help his grandmother in their kitchen and gather with their family to enjoy heart Mexican fare prepared from scratch. From his grandmother, he has learned the importance of fresh … Continue reading

Does It Really Cost More To Eat Healthy?

In 2007, a University of Washington study concluded that energy-dense food — higher-calorie junk food — is the least expensive, and most resistant to inflation, and explains why the highest rates of obesity continue to be observed among groups of … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Hari Nayak’s Lentil & Spinach Soup (Dal Palak)

Born and raised in a small town in Coastal Southern India, Chef Hari Nayak started his culinary career at the tender age of 8 by making masala omelets, an Indian specialty, for his family. Hari graduated at the top of … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Tiffany Youngman’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Chef Tiffany Youngman discovered her love for baking at a young age, beginning with the family tradition of Christmas cookie baking and decorating. Baking not only brought happiness to people she cooks for, but also including herself. Right from high … Continue reading

25 Surprisingly Delicious Spam-Inspired Recipes

While Spam is admittedly not the healthiest food choice, for starving students, or those of us just trying to make ends meet at the end of the month, Spam is a cheap, affordable source of protein that keeps hunger at … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Elana Horwich’s Chicken alla Cacciatore

Meal and a Spiel is a Los Angeles based cooking school and online resource for recipes, videos, and health information that successfully teaches “the career girl generation” to cook with passion. The spiels are written to allow cooks to enter into the … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Joshua Laban Perkins’ Chicken and Waffles

Boasting a 25-year career under his belt in the restaurant and hospitaly industry, Chef Joshua Laban Perkins serves as the chef-partner of Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar in Memphis, where he has supervised the corporate culinary operations since 2012. Prior … Continue reading

How To Make Your Own Sriracha Hot Sauce

Sriracha sauce, a spicy Thai-style hot chili sauce is so hot the city of Irwindale, California attempted to halt production of the condiment over complaints that fumes from the makers, Fong Foods factory, leave neighbors with irritated eyes, throats and … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Eiji Okamura’s Halibut and Langoustine

Chef Eiji Okamura initially joined the Palace Hotel Tokyo team in 1995 when he was just 20 years old. After a year, he transferred to a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo, then did a little stint in Frankfurt. It was a … Continue reading

Colombian Arepa de Queso Recipe

Colombia (and Venezuela) are known for their arepas. In Colombia (where I was born) there are regional varieties that are as different as the people in the country. We basically eat arepas with everything. They make an awesome breakfast, they … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Chris Montero’s Mac n’ 3 Cheese

Chris Montero and his family are New Orleans institutions. His heart belongs to New Orleans and the kitchen. If you ask Chef Montero where he went to culinary school, he’ll quickly answer “The French Quarter!” Montero’s career began at Ralph … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Jonah Kim’s Maryland Crab Okonomiyaki

Chef Jonah Kim of PABU Izakaya, was named a Semi-Finalist this year for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. His modern Japanese Pub is modeled on Okonomiyaki, a popular street food, often described as a Japanese pizza. A … Continue reading

Fall Recipe: Greg Ford’s Bayou Cioppino

Initially intended as a gift to his newly wed son, Greg Ford’s collection of his own recipes and of those passed on by family and friends went on to become the book “No Girls Allowed.” The Bay Area of California … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Petros Kosmadakis’ Pork With Quinces

Born and raised in Crete, Chef Petros Kosmadakis, learned the secrets of the local cuisine at an early age at their own home, under the guidance of his grandmother. He went on to pursue his passion when he attended the … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Adin Langille’s Lamb Boti

Junoon is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, and I was thrilled when they received their well deserved Michelin star. It is a great value (check out their amazing lunch deal) and the food and service always over-deliver. I … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Ivan Flowers’ Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Apple Cider Glazed Cipollini Onions and Baby Arugula

San Diego’s Top of the Market Executive Chef Ivan Flowers has an extensive culinary history.  He owned Fournos in Sedona, AZ, which was named a top 25 restaurant in Arizona. He was also Executive Chef at L’Auberge in Sedona & Different … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Robert Berry’s Bucatini with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Chef Berry returned to Charleston to the delight of fans who knew him from his time at Slightly North of Broad. Before his return, he spent time working at some of the best kitchens in New York City, Washington, D.C. and … Continue reading

Fall Recipe: Mindy Kobrin’s Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Mindy Kobrin’s food philosophy at Meals on Heels is Don’t Worry, Eat Happy. That’s something we can definitely stick to. Mindy’s goal is to give children, moms and dads all the information and inspiration they need to shop for nutritious, seasonal foods and to … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark’s Cuppa Cakes

Besties, Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark would grab cocktails after work while Alie was a staff writer for the LA Times (she covered nightlife and events), and Georgia was a part-time blogger and full-time (not-so-happy) receptionist. One day, they concocted … Continue reading

20 Kitchen Gift Ideas For The Holidays

Considering it’s that gift giving time of the year, we decided to assemble a list of gift ideas for the kitchen, because after all, during the holidays, it’s all about giving! I reviewed hundreds of items and made 20 selections. … Continue reading

Perfect Bacon-Cornbread Stuffing for Thanksgiving

For this week’s featured barbecue and grilling recipe, I wanted to highlight a recipe that I included in my recent article: Thanksgiving Bacon Recipes. Out of the all the great barbecue and grilling recipes for Thanksgiving, this seems something that … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Marco Chirico’s Duck Ravioli

Marco Chirico grew up at Marco Polo Ristorante, a family restaurant opened by his father, restaurateur Joe Chirico, in 1983. Marco started his culinary career by bussing tables when he was just 12 years old.  He wanted to honor his … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Nick Baker’s Mini Cuban Sliders

Executive Chef  Nick Baker has brought his “fresh” flavors to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX.  His all-time favorite food is seafood at its peak of freshness, but his Cubano Sliders are a fan favorite. He’s known not only … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Dominique Theval’s Mushroom Risotto

Parisian chef Dominique Theval delights the palates of the residents of Redondo Beach California at his namesake restaurant. He has quite an impressive and worldly culinary history. Chef Theval learned his craft at Ecole Hoteliere de Jean Ferrandi, where he … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Erin O’Shea’s Fall Cornbread

Restaurateurs Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov knew they had someone special in Chef/Partner Erin O’Shea, one of the US’s only BBQ Pit-mistresses. That could be because Chef O’Shea trained in Richmond, VA with  legendary Southern chef and restaurateur Jimmy Sneed at … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Adam Mosher’s Butternut Squash and Black Bean Salad

Chef Adam Mosher has a long culinary history. He started cooking at the tender age of 14 and has been cooking ever since. He honed his skills at Navy Culinary “A” (after passing up the CIA) and soon moved up … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Chef Daniel Parilla’s Jumbo Party Wings

The Royal brings an extra-ordinary dining and viewing experience to Manhattan’s Union Square with their contemporary approach to traditional sports bar elements, high-quality menu, and late night lounge. Executive Consulting Chef Daniel Parilla created a menu with a modern take … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Marilyn Markel’s Game Day Chicken Wings

Southern Season Cooking School has become not just a local, but national favorite.  Marilyn Markel heads the Chapel Hill location and is known for her love of food which was passed down from her grandmother. Markel began her career as … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Scott Crawford’s Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut & Malt

Pennsylvania native, Scott Crawford heads the kitchen as executive chef at Herons restaurant at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C. His culinary skill has made him not just a Southern favorite, but has earned him some pretty prestigious … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Gena Knox’s Pecan Sandies

I first met Gena at the Fancy Food Show. She was vibrant, fun, and obviously knew her stuff. When I met her, she was just getting her new business, Fire & Flavor started. She has built it into a well respected … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Chef Austin Perkins’ Goat Meatballs

Growing up in the West Marin Coast inculcated a love of fresh farm produce in Petaluma native, Chef Austin Perkins. He now brings this love of fresh & natural to Nick’s Cove, Oyster Bar & Cottages.  There, Perkins crafts seasonal, sustainable … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: John Moeller’s Chicken Tortilla Lime Soup

There are certain honors a Chef will never forget, among the rarest is being chosen to be the Chef at the White House. Chef John Moeller  is one of the few to have held this post under three Presidents. This … Continue reading