If you opened your fridge right now, what would you see? Even more important, what would you smell? Last Saturday, when I received my new Oransi Ionic Air Purifier, my fridge was packed with leftovers from the week, two bags of produce from that morning's Farmer's Market, thawing fish for that night's dinner and a veggie bin that was begging to be … [Read more...]

While my husband does have a MacGyver streak in him and can do wonders with a roll of duct tape, he always reminds me how the right tool for the job can make all the difference. And the same is true in the kitchen. Almost every meal relies on some amount of chopping, peeling, mincing, cutting, dicing or slicing. Fun? Not exactly. But the right tool … [Read more...]

As much as I love to cook, I'm pretty much a recipe-follower. This doesn't always mean that I measure exactly and I do substitute now and then, but I don't just start from scratch and make up a recipe. Then I met Courtney. Courtney is a busy mom of three young kids, a passionate locavore, and is one of those people who can open up your pantry … [Read more...]

Whether it's the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls in the morning or a warm loaf of sourdough wafting towards me in line at the grocery store, the smell of fresh baked bread is intoxicating. And though making bread more scratch may seem daunting, a bread maker makes it easy, fast and deliciously pain-free. I recently had the chance to try … [Read more...]

Tired of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill? If you are planning on entertaining this summer, we're got some different ideas and recipes for you!  I recently attended Stop & Stop's Summer Entertaining Luncheon, hosted by their Consumer Advisor Andrea Astrachan at Aquagrill in NYC. Cheeses were provided by Sorrento and Président. Chef … [Read more...]

Close your eyes and picture this Mother's Day plan: You are awoken in bed by the delivery of a steaming cappuccino made with fresh ground coffee beans and the delicious smells of baked french toast, fresh strawberries and a batch of homemade peach syrup. After eating a hot breakfast in peace and quiet with only the birds and sunshine to keep you … [Read more...]

'Tis the season to make delicious slow cooker stews and meals --and Cuisinart's 6.5-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker ($99) can make some delicious ones! It features a touchpad with an LCD timer display, with warm, simmer, low and high settings. If you're not home when your food is done cooking, this smart Slow Cooker automatically shifts to warm … [Read more...]

I hope my kids never have a chance to read Emily Franklin's book, Too Many Cooks.  The reason why: this book makes my sad attempts at cooking even more pathetic than they already are. Pre-kids, the author was a professional chef and foodie.  Her book chronicles her life in the kitchen, cooking for a family of six, over the course of a year.  She … [Read more...]