Recipe: Coq au vin (chicken braised in wine)

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Go ahead. Impress people. Tell them you're making coq au vin. It's just chicken... braised in wine, thus making it fabulous. In its original French inception, the coq referred to a rooster, typically mean old birds who have worn out their welcome in the hen house. The tough nature of their meat required a long simmer time to soften, aided by the sugar in the wine which helps to break it down. Classic recipes include … [Read more...]

How to Reclaim Your Kitchen

Reclaim the Kitchen

Someone once confessed to me that they eat Tuna Helper while watching Gordon Ramsey. It's a humorous line about a serious issue. Cooking has evolved into something of a spectator sport. If you know me, then you know I want to help teach the world to cook and to give people the confidence to be fearless in their kitchens. I'm delighted to announce that I've partnered with Wolf in a new initiative they've launched called … [Read more...]

Hungry for Words Food Writing Boot Camp in Washington, D.C. March 21-22

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I've partnered with acclaimed independent bookstore Politics & Prose and The Writer's Center in D.C. to offer my weekend-long introduction to food writing camp on March 21-22, 2015. Known as "Hungry for Words," this workshop covers a lot of ground in two jam-packed days. We start with a brief look into the history of food writing and its most noted contributors, then shift into a myriad of fast-paced discussion on … [Read more...]

Recipe: Easy Thai Curry

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Thai curry sounds exotic and complicated, but in truth it's a quick meal for which you can keep the bulk of ingredients in your pantry or freezer, plus it’s a great option for using up leftovers. If you can't find it in your supermarket, you can order a variety of curries online for under $12. Vary up the main protein and vegetables based on what’s in your fridge. The basic formula calls for one pound of a protein (tofu, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Easy Peppermint Bark

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A confession: I don't like chocolate. I don't loathe it, I just don't love it. This news always takes people by surprise. Somehow by the mere fact of my gender, it's assumed that I must immediately be in love with all things dark and sweet. Taste can be so highly individualized, and pesky in nature. Give me a choice between a wedge chocolate cake and a slice of banana cream pie, you'll find a banana-soaked remains of a … [Read more...]

Fearless Holiday Cooking: Tips from the Pros

Thanksgiving Day Tips 20. Make punch"For big gatherings, I like to make punch with a twist," said Monica Bhide, author of Modern Spice and the blog A Life of Spice. "That way people can help themselves and you are not tied to your bar doling out specialty cocktails to a large crowd." 21. Know the turkey to take longer than you expect"In my experience of cooking turkeys since I was 14, I learned this -- the turkey … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mom’s Cranberry Nut Bread

Homemade Delicious Cranberry Bread

Gently warmed and slathered with butter, this bread tastes like Christmas morning to me. My mother has made this bread every Christmas for the past several years. She doesn't remember where the recipe came from, just that she remembered her own grandmother making breads with dried fruit around the holidays. When she noticed cranberries on sale at Thanksgiving one year, my ever-frugal mother decided to try them in a … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mom’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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When I was seven, I dressed up as a cowgirl and traveled the neighborhood to hand out cookies to strangers. We'd just moved to a small bit of cul de sac away from the farm we'd lived on for more than a decade. I don't know what possessed me to do such a thing. In my new book, I outline the whole crazy notion and note that one of our neighbors nicknamed me "Candy Girl" as a result. By random chance, or maybe not since my … [Read more...]

Me in November: Sarasota & Anna Maria Island

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At one time in my life, I wrote obituaries by day and performed stand-up comedy at night. Some people might not find the connection between the two. As an author, I've spent a lot of time navigating that space connecting laughter and tears.  As I pull in the home stretch of my 2014 autumn book tour for Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, I'll be making only my second appearance ever in Sarasota. (What's up with that? What … [Read more...]

Politics & Prose Dinner in Washington, D.C.

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I'm excited to announce that I'll be doing a fun over-dinner writing discussion at Buck's next to the famed bookstore Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Oct. 27th.  When I decided to tackle her culinary roots in her my book, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, I thought that I knew a lot about my family. To my surprise, I uncovered three generations of cooks, the hard lives of her immigrant relatives, and a … [Read more...]