Food Trends

Why I Finally Jumped on the SodaStream Trend

I love drinking bubbles. Any bubbles: seltzer water, club soda, champagne. I just love the feeling of fizz and that crisp, Pop Rocks-tingling carbonation on my tongue. But I go through a lot of canned seltzer water and lately I’ve been questioning my carbon footprint with this habit. So, I finally tried a SodaStream. And, […]


What Is Madeira Wine and How Is It Used In Cooking?

Madeira, a robust and flavorful fortified wine, is famously long-lasting—but what else do you need to know about this Portoguese libation?      What Is Madeira?  Cooking dinner shouldn’t be complicated Madeira is a Portuguese fortified wine. It’s made on the Madeira Islands, off the coast of Africa.  Dry varieties are typically served before or between meals […]

Food Trends

Here's Why Some Grocery Items Are Still Out of Stock

At this point, it really does feel like we’ve been living in quarantine for years rather than months. Even those March trips to the grocery store, which felt like a dangerous mission requiring courage and an organized gameplan, seem to have occurred in a past life. While most of us certainly feel more comfortable running […]

Everyday Meals

Why I Refuse to Buy Expensive Nonstick Cookware

I’m a firm believer in the idea that spending more than the minimum on certain kitchen tools is beyond worthwhile. For example, a few really good knives will last you for many, many years. A really good skillet/saute pan is worth its weight in gold—for evenness of both heating and cooking. A crazy-heavy enameled cast-iron […]

Everyday Meals

Why I Burn Some Foods On Purpose

I am a self-taught cook. Not a chef. An at-home, basic, average, middle-of-the-road home cook—whose attention span is also very short. I also hate to follow directions. Have you ever tried to put together an Ikea bookshelf in a tiny New York City apartment? If the answer is yes, I’d love to hear from you […]

Everyday Meals

Domino’s Sales Have Actually Increased So Far in 2020

I feel like I’ve written some variation of this sentence every day for the past two-plus weeks now, but it is very clearly a bad time to be in the restaurant business. Even with help from loyal customers via donations, gift card purchases or takeout orders, the National Restaurant Association already believes three percent of […]

Everyday Meals

How I Tricked Myself Into Drinking Less Alcohol

After a long day of work, few things make me happier than a glass of wine. It’s a lovely way to unwind, catch up with Charlie (my husband) about the happenings of his day, and (dare I say it) decompress. It’s also something I enjoy while cooking and eating dinner. I happen to be one of […]