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Mom’s Surprise + Knife Winners

On the set of CBS10 in Tampa – pouring drinks and showing how to open a pomegranate without a squirty mess <- short video clip Last week, my mom, dad and handsome, smart, cardiologist, SINGLE brother from California came to visit us in Florida and see the kids. We usually have family visits a few times a year, but generally …

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How To Open A Pomegranate

(click on above photo for a slideshow of 7 photos on how to open a pomegranate) Pomegranate is one of the messiest fruits in the world! The ruby red juice stains anything and everything it comes in contact with. Mom used to make all of us wear our rattiest, nastiest shirts when we had pomegranates because after eating, we’d just …

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Not so enthusiastic about numbers

How can you resist those pleading eyes, those eyes that say, “Mama, please don’t make me go to school…” as if it was the most horrible punishment I could ever dream up for a 5 year old. When I was in kindergarten, I remember it was all fun and we’d spend our days playing in the dollhouse and dress up. …

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Crispy Crepes with Apple, Brie and Prosciutto

(click on above image for 6 additional photos) Thanksgiving is always about the dinner, and it seems as though every food story and recipe out there features the turkey, side dishes or dessert for the main meal. So, I thought I’d do something a little different and present you with a “morning after” meal, otherwise known as “not-turkey.” I know …

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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. …

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Stir Fried Beef and Nectarines

Click on image for a photoset of 9 additional images (including one shot taken with my point and shoot camera) I’ve also used peaches the same way – the firmer ones work well. Just cut your peach or your nectarine into thin wedges or thick slices – and add them to your beef stir fry. As in most of my …

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Artisan Steak Tasting Winner

So, instead of using the normal random number generator generously provided by my psychic friends, I decided to choose the winner of the Artisan Steak Tasting Package a little differently. Cuz, I guess there’s nothing random about having a psychic pick a number…there’s no randomness when the psychic is three steps ahead and knows who has already won. And really. …

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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

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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 …

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Club Med Salsa Mexicana and Guacamole

(click on the above photo for a slideshow of 11 photos with food photography/styling commentary) While at Club Med Ixtapa, I ate more chips, salsa mexicana and guacamole than possible for a person my size. A big plate like this accompanied almost every single one of my meals – breakfast, lunch and midnight snack. It was like the best ever …