• I'm a Stonyfield Ambassador

    I’m a Stonyfield Ambassador

    I’ve been hooked on Stonyfield products—especially their whole milk yogurt—since 2005! As a Stonyfield Organic™ ambassador, I am being compensated. All opinions are always my own! I first discovered Stonyfield Organic yogurt in 2005 when my daughter was about six months old and moving into the world of eating solids. My mother made her own yogurt, but I felt overwhelmed by the mere thought of what’s involved with making homemade yogurt (which I’ve since learned isn’t terribly difficult with the proper tools). I’ve grown a bit in the kitchen since then, wouldn’t you say? Anyway, standing in the supermarket isle, staring at the rows and rows of yogurts, Stonyfield’s YoBaby banana…

  • Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

    Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

    Homemade orange syrup made with clementines has a mild and light orange scented citrus flavor. I typically keep a well-stocked pantry. I like the idea of being able to make a meal on a whim, and have most (if not all) of the ingredients on hand so that trips to the grocery store mid-week are few and far between. That said, grocery shopping also happens to be one of my favorite “chores.” I realize this makes me an oddball, but I’m okay with that. This past week I was traveling for work along with a myriad of other things going on. Our pantry and fridge were both bare. Bare, as…

  • Take a peek into the open casting call for "Home Cooks" on food network!

    My Open Casting Call for “Home Cooks” on Food Network

    Read all about my open casting call for Home Cooks a.k.a Food Network’s show America’s Best Cook! Here we go… I spent last weekend visiting my sister in Brooklyn for what was mostly a girls’ weekend. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect—in the 60s during the day, and a little chillier at night—with lots of beautiful fall leaves lining the Brownstone flanked streets of Park Slope. We spent lots of time walking her dog, but also doing the usual foodie things: devouring New York pizza slices, enjoying brunchy breakfasts, and noshing on eclectic chocolates. I also volunteered at The Battery’s Harvest Festival where my sister works and they grow…

  • Recipe for Thai Galangal Lemon Grass Chicken Stir-fry with WorldFoods

    Thai Galangal Lemon Grass Chicken Stir-fry with WorldFoods

    I’m pretty boring with my Chinese food delivery orders.   Kung Pao Chicken, no vegetables, extra peanuts. Fried Dumplings. Crab Wontons.   Don’t judge on the “no vegetables” part, please. For whatever reason, I prefer my Kung Pao not loaded up with sliced carrots and water chestnuts. Maybe it’s because the first time I ate Kung Pao it was just outside of Washington, D.C., where I grew up, at a restaurant where I was the only non-Asian diner, and I was told was known to be “authentic.” They didn’t have any vegetables in their Kung Pao Chicken.   Who knows if that really is the authentic way or not; I’m…

  • This apple cinnamon french toast breakfast casserole is a perfect weekend or holiday breakfast—make it the morning of or prep it the night before!

    Apple Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Casserole

    This apple cinnamon french toast breakfast casserole is a perfect weekend or holiday breakfast — make it the morning of or prep it the night before! If you scour Pinterest for recipes like I do, and one of the things you happen to be looking for is a breakfast casserole, you’ll fine that most of them have one thing in common: “Place casserole in the refrigerator and let it sit overnight.” Ugh. When you’re not a meal planner (I’m not), that recipe step is a real bear. I usually think of breakfast recipes on the weekends around seven in the morning, not the evening before. Simple things like pancakes, eggs,…

  • Remembering Susan Niebur

    Today fellow Washington D.C. blogger Susan Niebur took her last breath after a long, painful, arduous battle with inflammatory breast cancer. Honor her and take a few minutes to learn about the type of breast cancer, which over 100,000 women are currently struggling with. Susan wrote this. The last time I saw Susan was at Blogalicious ’11, where we sat and ate Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.’s Bananas Foster pancakes. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to eat Bananas Foster again without thinking of Susan. Silly? Nah. My friend Lolli from Food Fun Family has this photo of our table from her October ’11 blog post photo recap. See Susan,…

  • Chef McCargo’s Cook Book

    Earlier this fall, I had the opportunity to attend the awesome, fantastic, so-much-fun Blogalicious, where I listened to uplifting and motivating seminars by Rene Syler and a slew of others. I (also) got to meet Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. from Food Network, as you may remember: He was there to talk about his partnership with Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast, but more importantly, he cooked our dinner – using their products. Admittedly a little skeptical about frozen pancakes, etc., I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Really and truly, folks. I’m sure they were anticipating reactions like mine, and so before we ate anything, we watched a video about how their…

  • Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Crumble

    Halloween is finished for another year, and I can’t say I’m disappointed. I mean it’s fun and all, the kids love the piles of candy festive atmosphere and dressing up. That is, except for my 3-year old who refused to wear his costume and simply wanted to trick-or-treat as “Jack” in jeans, a baseball cap and sneakers. Good thing the kid’s cute. So, now we get to concentrate on the good stuff. Cozy evenings, apple cinnamon candles, hot chocolate and the holidays known for the BEST FOOD EVER! I love making apple desserts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The apple-cinnamon combo happens to be one of my husband’s favorites, which means…