Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Just a friendly reminder that one of the most important holidays of the year is coming upon us. I’m a lucky gal, my husband knows exactly what I like on this special day – snuggling in bed with the boys, breakfast in bed, coffee made just the way I would have made it (he’s not a coffee drinker, and let …

{photo} Salmon Sandwich with Sweet Mustard Sauce

Salmon Sandwich with Sweet Mustard Sauce – from Marcus Samuelsson’s New American Table Cookbook Tested (and modified) this recipe today! Fabulous! I’ve simplified the recipe without losing any of the flavors or texturse. Will post recipe soon. btw, If you’re in the D.C. area and are free on Thursday, come meet Marcus at Macy’s at the Culinary Council event.

Strawberry Almond Cream Tart


When my grocery store starts selling cartons of strawberries 10 for $10, you know there’s a problem. Normally, when I spy bargain basement pricing on strawberries, I’m expecting sad, lifeless fruit just on the cusp of being declared rotten and dumped. But this is not the case, and by now I’m sure you’ve all seen the fat, perky jewels begging …

Meeting Marcella & Victor Hazan


It’s funny how a little thing like lunch can be a life changer. For Marcella Hazan, it was when Craig Claiborne of the NY Times came to lunch in 1970….and shortly thereafter, celebrities, writers, chefs and other-important-people-who-can-make-your-career started coming to Marcella’s classes to learn about authentic Italian cooking. Six best-selling books, Lifetime Achievement awards and changing the way Americans cook, …

Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter


I recently had the pleasure of meeting, cooking and dining with Marcella and Victor Hazan at their home in Florida. At 87 years old, Marcella Hazan is a legend in the culinary world, having influenced millions of Americans on the art of Italian cooking. Of all recipes, I think this is simple Tomato Sauce is what she’s most famous for. …

Blogger’s Choice Award: Candied Bacon and Apple Canapés

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I’m currently on my way back from Pillsbury Bake-Off 2010 in Orlando, riding in the back seat of my personal “contract killa’s” car. Yes, on my laptop, trying to get this post up before the winner is announced in a few hours, just so we could say “We told you so!” More on him later, the contract killa, that is. …

15 Minute Japanese Mushroom Flatbread


The intentions of making my own pesto sauce from scratch was certainly there, but something silly like I-killed-my-basil-plant got in the way of my plans. There’s nothing more sad than walking out to my mini-garden and seeing a sad, shriveled and shrunken herb. Oh poor little thing! You had such potential! I have a feeling that the mint got a …

Twitter Bling!

This just totally made my day! My very own Twitter bling! Purchased from Survival of the Hippest. #iamsuchageekydork

Photo: BLT Omelet

BLT Omelet inspired by Erika’s son Emery (In Erika’s Kitchen blog)


We had been planning this trip for almost a year now. It started with two little boys’ obsession with Lego and a chance encounter with a San Diego LegoLand brochure that someone had carelessly tossed on the floor at a restaurant. For months, this brochure had been open-closed-open-closed-folded-refolded and even torn in a couple of places. Spring Break was promised, …