Everyday Meals

How a Professional Cheese Expert Grades Cheeses

To become a professional cheese grader, Rory O'Brien had to take a series of tests. He already held a BA in Culinary Arts and had been working as a chef for years. In 2008, he was hired by Ornua, the Irish dairy group that markets Kerrygold butter and cheese to the world, and was asked to take […]

Everyday Meals

A Definitive Ranking of the Best Fast-Food Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks were once appetizer menu stars—the thing everyone at the table scrambled to snatch up while the cheese was still piping hot and extra pullable. They remain a big hit, when you’re eager for some happy hour snacks, but due to their popularity, several fast-food restaurants ventured into the fried mozzarella stick game. Each, […]

Gluten Free

Salmon Avocado Poke Bowl

Hawaiian poke is a rice bowl topped with fresh fish and lots of fun toppings, like avocado! A super simple, light meal. Look for sushi-grade salmon when shopping. The first time I ever ate raw fish was when I was about ten or eleven years old. I was at a Japanese buffet, and my mother told […]

Everyday Meals

Would You Pay $75 For a Cup of Coffee?

How much should a cup of coffee cost? With the ongoing third wave of coffee continuing to push boundaries when it comes to both the sourcing of quality ingredients and the prices we’re willing to accept, the answer to that question has gotten harder to pin down. But for a brief moment of time at […]

Everyday Meals

Island Kielbasa in a Slow Cooker Recipe

"My mother gave this recipe to me and it is a big hit at parties and potlucks. You never have to bring home any leftovers!" Ingredients Adjust US Metric 2 pounds kielbasa sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces 2 cups ketchup 2 cups brown sugar 1 (15 ounce) can pineapple chunks, undrained Directions Prep 10 […]

Health & Diet

How to Help Your Kids Have a Healthy Relationship With Pets

Living with animals has plenty of benefits for children. Research suggests pet ownership may help soothe anxiety, loneliness, and depression in kids while encouraging responsibility and self-reliance. “The average kid can learn responsibility and empathy through pet ownership,” says Julia Albright, associate professor of veterinary behavior at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine […]


Recipe of a Good Life

When my husband ‘s health was better and I was working, we used to travel often, far and near. I had a good life then. Now that his health has declined and I, retired, our life evolved within our small apartment. I felt miserable and empty inside. Few months back, my daughter and I had […]