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Frozen Pineapple Jalapeno Margaritas

Hey friends I think you went and celebrated the 4th of July without me this weekend.  I wasn’t there. I was very late to the party… in fact I didn’t make it at all.   I thought we were all being normal and celebrating on the actual 4th until I returned to my hotel after

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I have never once woken up on a cold January day and longed for pesto or summer squash. It doesn’t even occur to my taste buds in the winter. But like clockwork around this time each summer — usually when it’s only the first week of July but already hot enough that I cannot even

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Fourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa

I love this salsa recipe, and make it every year for Fourth of July. While it appears deceptively average, it actually delivers electric flavor with each bite. When you’re ready to move on from salsa fresca, make this. What you’ll have is a deliciously vibrant, earthy, and slightly smoky-tasting salsa. Different from salsa fresca, the deep,

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The Best Ice Cream Makers

We researched dozens of ice cream makers and narrowed the field down to a top ten, which we then pitted against one another to determine which ones are the best. Read More Restaurant Marketing

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We’ve rounded up 21 of our favorite Independence Day salads, from upgraded potato salads, pasta salads, and coleslaws to vegetable salads done on and off the grill. Read More Restaurant Marketing

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Lime & Blistered Peanut Coleslaw

If you ask me, a great coleslaw recipe is created with good knife skills and a short list of easy-to-find ingredients. Equal importance being placed on both ingredients and the cut of the cabbage. When cabbage is cut into ribbons that are too wide, the slaw ends up awkward, heavy, and daunting on the fork.

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We interview Greg Swartz, an organic farmer who owns and manages Willow Wisp Organic Farm in Damascus, Pennsylvania, to ask him what makes his produce so darn good. Read More Restaurant Marketing

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Hawaii

It’s not every day, or every year (or every decade, unfortunately) that I get to spend some time with my family in Los Angeles. So I was excited by the chance to join them, not in L.A., but in Hawaii. Europeans don’t generally go to Hawaii because of the distance, I suspect, and because there

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We understand if you don’t usually leave room for dessert on the Fourth of July, but after a big meal of smoky grilled meats (maybe a few hours after), a little something sweet can be just the pick-me-up you need. You’ll find the perfect match for your cravings in this collection of 17 July 4th

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Classic Macaroni Salad

This is a fresh take on classic macaroni salad, inspired by my dad. If you invite him to a picnic, barbecue, housewarming, or block party this time of year, odds are good he’ll show up with a macaroni salad. He’ll wheel it around in a cooler and when the time is right, he’ll flip the

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Let It Be Sunday, 178!

Hello dear friends! I did one of those things where I hit publish on this blog post… well, in my sleep.  No joke. Apparently that’s a thing that happens.  I’ve been in Dallas this weekend working really very hard on a video shoot. I’ll tell ya – a 4am call time is all fine and

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Simple Red Fruit Salad

A favorite red fruit salad, and arguably so much better than old-school fruit salad! It’s perfect as spring rounds the bend into summer. A simple, seasonal fruit salad made with plump strawberries, sweet cherries, lemon zest, and coriander brown sugar. Five ingredients. So good. And when I say simple, I’m not kidding. For a bit

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News, and a Book/Ice Cream Event

I took a break for some quality family time, which, by happy coincidence, included a dose of beach time as well. Now I’m back and figuring out the best way to keep my tan (which I rarely get) so I can look as sporty as the Parisians, who seem to be perennially bronzed and beautiful.

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Pelon Pelo Rico is a sticky, tamarind-flavored candy paste spiked with chili and salt. It’s the kind of messy, goopy, and shameless treat only a child can love, but I’ll always be hooked on the combo of spicy, sour, salty, and sweet. These popsicles are inspired by the flavors of Pelon Pelo Rico, but all

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One Pot Quinoa and Black Bean Wraps

With two toddlers running wild around this joint, my time for cooking meals seems to be dwindling away. People tend to assume that I have these perfect, from-scratch meals on the table every night, and to be honest, at this stage in our lives we’re still very much in survival mode. I’m pretty gentle with

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