The thing I love most about cooking is that there’s always something new to learn. It keeps things interesting, but can also be one of the biggest challenges. In culinary school, one chef would teach us how to break down a chicken and the next chef would tell us that method was completely wrong. This happened
Sometimes I’m amazed at the taste memories that stick with me long after I travel. Some of them are expected: fish and chips in London, Peking duck in Beijing, tapas in Barcelona. Other times, I’m caught by surprise when I’m still thinking about certain foods months or years after tasting them. These Czech gingerbread kolache are
I’ve always loved Halloween. Growing up, my mom and grandma would team up to make my Halloween costumes by hand. I was never happy with the standard witch or princess and requested oddball costumes such as a drive-in waitress on roller skates, Carmen Miranda, and a flamenco dancer. The Carmen Miranda costume was the most memorable.
I unabashedly love pumpkin. Fall is my favorite time of the year and a major reason is because pumpkin is back in season. While I only drink one or two pumpkin spice lattes per year, I could eat pumpkin muffins, cookies, rolls, cakes, and other baked goods every single day. A few weeks back, I shared my
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet chef Daniel Boulud at the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Conference in Washington D.C. He was at the conference for Jacques Pepin’s 80th Birthday Celebration and was wandering around mingling with guests during the party. With Daniel Boulud in Washington DC When I realized his
Living in Cincinnati is funny. I live and work in Ohio but buy my groceries and get gas in Kentucky. Even the Cincinnati airport is located in Kentucky. I often forget I’m changing states when I cross the river, but once you hit Kentucky you can feel that you’re in the South. One of the best
A few years ago, my boyfriend Graham and I spent the week of Valentine’s Day in Munich, Germany. As soon as we landed, the city started experiencing heavy snowfall, wicked winds, and bitterly cold temperatures that ended up lasting the duration of our trip. Within a few hours, we relented and made our way to a
Peanut Butter Mousse is dangerous to have in your refrigerator. You may find yourself sneaking spoonfuls or maybe even dipping cookies into it. Not that I know from experience or anything…