God and Buddha Keeping Me Real

It’s been an thrilling 24 hours, starting with a book signing at Barnes & Noble at 68th and Lexington in NYC – and seeing for the very very very first time, my cookbook in a bookstore. A real book, done by me. In a real bookstore. I saw. I cried. I took a photo. Of course, I’ve seen the book …

Book Tour in NYC!

view at 6:30am, 35th floor at Westin Times Square Well, yesterday officially started Day 1 of the Steamy Kitchen Cookbook book tour with a 5-day stop in NYC! I’ve been to the city 5 times this year already, and I’m hoping that next time I’ll get some kind of frequent visitor perk, like maybe a personal navigator, as the public …

Snake Bites

Yesterday, we brought the kids to my friend Julie’s kids’ birthday party. Did ya get that? Too many apostrophes and plurals in that sentence. Anyways, the birthday party was held at Mixon Fruit Farms & Wildlife Refuge. The kids got to ride on the back of this big tortoise, who didn’t seem to mind at all. He just kept doin’ …

Friday Favorites

Feeling lazy? The Ultimate Breakfast Machine will deliver continental breakfast at the push of a button. Only problem — no bacon. These are meant for baking, but colorful dual-compartment squeezy bottles SCREAM ketchup + mustard. Two condiments, two bottles? So passe. Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to. Thought you knew what those tubers were all about? Think again. Hitchcock’s The Birds meets Guy’s Big …

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How to pair Japanese sake with food

I’m a big fan of Japanese artisan sake and wanted to post an article about sake and food pairing. But I’m not the expert, so when author, instructor and publisher of one of the most comprehensive websites about Japanese sake (SakeWorld.com), John Gauntner,  offered to write a post, I practically did a back-flip! And then, to top it all off, …

Sur La Table Cooking Classes

This is my dining room. Which somehow turned into my office, bookshelf, the kids computer room (they were playing a game on Star Wars website) and place for placing miscellaneous doo-dads that you never want found again. The stacks and stacks of cookbooks are essential, while the specific titles on the table change week by week (depends on what I’m …

Friday Favorites

A man’s heart is through his stomach, not his laundry! This Halloween, ditch the French Maid Costume, how about a sexy-ishy Strawberry Shortcake.       This is an actual commercial from Fiji for the Fiji Meat Man. Can you imagine if this ran in the U.S.!??? Creepola!         Must have for milk-lovers: an udderly cool pitcher. …

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites this week are from Jess Daniel! A shoutout to Oktoberfest 2009: When I was sixteen, I spent a summer in a tiny town in Bavaria, just South of Munich. It was a summer of many firsts: first kiss, first schnitzel, first glimpse of H&M, and perhaps most importantly, my introduction to the joy of German beer. Ever since, …

I’m all about the matchy-matchy

Get the three of us together on an idea….and ohhhh boy….we are trouble! Ree of The Pioneer Woman, Elise of Simply Recipes and I could not be more opposites in personalities and that’s exactly what makes us like Charlie’s Angels, minus the bikinis, guns and heels. But we do have one two things in common…a crazy desire host the most …

Guess what?

I just came home from the BlogHer Food conference in San Francisco — a trip which deserves its own post a little later this week, but if you can’t wait to read about my crazy adventure with Ree of The Pioneer Woman and Elise of Simply Recipes, you’ll just have to head over to Ree’s post on our swanky party that …

Win $10,000 for Heifer International!

Good Bite and Quaker Instant Oatmeal is sponsoring a stir-a-thon! Okay, not really a stir-a-thon, but they definitely are kickin’ things up a notch by having 12 bloggers compete for a $10,000 prize! The money goes to a favorite charity, and I’ve chosen Heifer International as my charity of choice. What I love about Heifer is that they don’t just …

Steamy Kitchen on ABC News Now!

Well, this was certainly a new experience for me – my first interview on national television! Earlier this week, I got to be on a live interview with Meg Oliver of ABC News Now. I had to juggle our schedule a bit to make it fit – I was already scheduled to be in Boston that day to meet with …