How to Sharpen Your Knives

ch um…okay, I lied. I’m not going to talk much about SHARPENING knives…but rather HONING or STEELING your knives. But I think most home cooks think that using the rod pictured above is for sharpening. Read on – I’ve interviewed Chad Ward, a knife expert and author who will show you step by step how to properly hone your knife. …

A Nifty Trick: How To Peel and Cut Kiwi Fruit

These little fuzzy kiwi fruits are fussy to peel, because the skin is so incredibly thin, and a perfectly ripe kiwi is delicate to handle. But it’s still one of my favorite tropical fruits, as I love the sweet, tart, juicy fruit with the crunchy little black seeds! Wanna know my trick to peeling kiwi fruit? It’s super simple, the …

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Broccoli Beef Recipe

After moving out of the dorms in college, I found an apartment to share with 3 others. My job was to cook, and as long as what I put out on the dinner table was better than instant ramen, I didn’t have to clean the kitchen or vacuum. A mighty fine trade of labor, if you ask me! But then …

Artisan Steak Tasting

“So, have you ever thought about doing a steak tasting?” was the start of the first emails I’d gotten from Carrie Oliver of Oliver Ranch Company. I was intrigued, but wasn’t convinced that the taste of steak could go much more beyond the grades of tough Select, affordable Choice and out-of-my-budget Prime. I’ve also been able to pump up the …

Grilled Fish Tacos with Roasted Corn and Pepitas

I’m currently in Mexico at the beautiful ClubMed Ixtapa resort with my good friend, Diane of WhiteOnRiceCouple and my brother. It would be silly to call this a “work trip,” since we’ve done more relaxing, napping, eating and drinking than actually working, but I guess that’s the whole point of ClubMed, right? They’re hosting us for a wonderful Food and …

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Chinese Chicken Salad

(click on photo for shot-by-shot food styling and photography analysis of some of the photos that led up to the “money shot”) Chinese restaurants in China don’t really have Chinese Chicken Salad on their menus, it’s a creation of Chinese-American restaurants! According to Cecilia Chiang, author of The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco(one of my …

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

When Elise asked me to be a guest writer for Simply Recipes, we decided to take Chinese favorites and make them better, lighter and easier to cook at home. So, I grabbed a take-out menu from the local Chinese restaurant and I will be working my way around those recipes for you. The first dish that popped out was Sweet …