Dinner, a Frenchman, and My Breasts: A Love Story?

Chef Eric Ripert, host of "Avec Eric" and my band-aid for tomorrow evening.

Before you tell my husband that he’d better read today’s blog and ask me what the heck is going on, rest assured that there’s no hanky-panky, fake food, or other strange doings in our house. Nathan is well aware of everything I’m writing about, and he’s given me his Hubbins seal of approval, which … [Read more...]

Monday: Meatless recipe sources and news!

Your veggies are here! Now...what do you do with them? (Read on.)

Hi everyone, and happy pre-holidays! If you've been reading this blog lately, you know I've committed to the Meatless Mondays campaign, and I'm in good company: celebrity chef Mario Batali also joined up with MM, along with lots of other people who have discovered that making even this small change … [Read more...]

Cooking to Lose Weight? Totally!

Okay, is this not the most beautiful heirloom tomato ever? (Slice one ripe tomato, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, top with shredded basil and crumbled feta cheese. Healthy, not fattening, and da bomb delicious.)

Two things I love to talk about: food, and losing weight. Usually they don't go together, but I'm a big believer in the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup theory of joining seemingly unrelated things and getting something great out out of it. And what could be better than eating and losing weight? (Okay, so … [Read more...]

My Baking Internship: Dough and D’Oh!

Celeste, owner and operator of the fabulous Made With Love organic bakery in Jersey City, NJ.

As I reported on Friday, I was headed to my internship at a fabulous local bakery called Made With Love. Not only do they have some of the yummiest baked goods I've had in a looooong while (I can only be so amused by what I make myself), but owner Celeste insists on using only organic ingredients. … [Read more...]

Cookie Month Recipe #11: Last-Minute Brownies

My pink-obsessed Nana would have loved this tree.

Cherries in Winter Cookie Month concludes with...brownies? Hey, how did these hybrids of cookies and cake get in here? Well, because if you're reading this now, you're looking for something very fast and easy to take to that holiday party you forgot you RSVPed yes for. Now is not the time to get … [Read more...]

A Star is Baked

I'm a fool for the TV "reality" show Top Chef, even though I know it's hardly realistic to ask chefs to face challenges like making hors d'oeuvres for 46 vegans in 2 hours using only kudzu. (That event hasn't come up yet, but I'm guessing Kevin could pull it off.) Each season of Top Chef seems to … [Read more...]