Last Thursday evening I taught my first cooking class called “It’s All About the Pie Crust” at Cooks’Wares in Mongtomery, Ohio. I was nervous in the days leading up the the class. Having never taught a cooking class before, I was not sure what to expect. I feared losing track of time, worried about forgetting ingredients, and
Julie, my next-door-neighbor in Perrysburg, is currently in Amman, Jordan. Julie is an audiologist and is on a humanitarian mission to help fit children with hearing aids. I’ve never been to the Middle East so I was excited to hear her stories and, being that Middle Eastern and Mediterranean are two of my favorite cuisines, talk
Can I go on a rant for a moment? I have some issues with current dessert trends that I need to get off my chest. Outrageous desserts have never appealed much to me but when I recently noticed recipes popping up for something called ‘slutty brownies’ it pushed me over the edge. There are several variations for slutty
My boyfriend, Graham, started a small garden on my fire escape this year. Well, it started small and then kind of exploded and now we have tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, cilantro, basil, sweet peppers, zucchini, and even pumpkins. I think it might be a fire hazard but we won’t worry about that for now. We
Jalapeño Vanilla Peaches with Buttermilk Cheese may sound like a strange combination but this dish actually taught me an important lesson about seasonal cooking: less is more. Chefs often talk about “letting the ingredients shine” and I didn’t really know what that meant until I tasted the Jalapeño Vanilla Peaches at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
I’ve been thinking about pools lately. It’s hot here and I usually get off work during the perfect mid-afternoon sunbathing hours. I tried going to the park the other day but laying in the grass just doesn’t compare to a lounge chair. Maybe one of these days I’ll cave and get a pool membership somewhere and if
I love books. I really love books. And I always have. My favorite day of school was when the Book Fair was set up in the gym. I was a proud member of my elementary school literary society where a few of us stayed after school to drink hot chocolate and discuss books. I went