People often say to me, "I wish I could cook," to which I respond like Ratatouille: And I mean it. Cooking is not like singing or being tall enough for basketball, it's a skill that can be learned and even perfected over time. Furthermore, cooking at home is the cornerstone to eating a healthy diet, which makes it an essential skill for us all. I've actually already written two Tips for Beginner Cooks posts (over three years ago!) and am really resisting the urge to delete and rewrite them - holy CAPS and exclamation points! - but I'll keep them up as a reminder of . . .
Ah, juicing. The mysterious practice us foodies and health nuts have been hearing about for the last two years. Hollywood celebrities pioneered juicing with their infamous juice cleanses, which require an all-liquid juice diet for anywhere from three to 21 days at a time. A juice cleanse is said to have immaculate health benefits, including weight loss, joint pain reduction, clear skin, reduced stress, recharged libido and even limb regeneration (only a slight exaggeration). Who would believe this baloney, right? Not me. Well, not until I read Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy . . .
The big day is fast approaching and you need an impressive holiday gift for a foodie co-worker or new boyfriend/girlfriend who loves to cook. These items are sure to get the job done. 1. Bodum Double-wall Thermo Glasses: The super chic, light-weight cups are designed for cold and hot beverages alike. They are made with two thin layers of glass, which prevents condensation with cold drinks and allows you to hold the cup without a handle with hot beverages. The technology is genius and the cups can be used for everything from wine to coffee. 2. A Subscription . . .
For a short time in the beginning of high school, when I started to care what I looked like, I had a love-hate relationship with food. I loved food but hated calories. I wasn't technically overweight but I wanted to be skinny. I never reached the point of an eating disorder, but do remember feeling guilty after most meals, even if they weren't particularly indulgent. I pored over photos of Victoria's Secret models, hoping that if I could just ingrain their forms into my brain, I too would be a size 0; I attempted skipping meals and opted for coffee, water or gum . . .
As one who has spent a considerable amount of time in Paris, studied French for three years of college and seen tons of French films (yes, I am obsessed), I feel qualified - obligated even - to share some essential Paris travel tips. Paris is a truly magical place and it is no surprise that it's been a mecca for artists, writers, dreamers and romantics for centuries. However, since most tourists can only stay for a week or two, if one doesn't know what to expect or doesn't have a vague plan for their stay, one may simply not get it. So here is some useful . . .
So you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year. And it’s your first time. And the in-laws are coming?! Holy s***! …How did you agree to this again? Your palms are sweating, your ears are ringing and you have no freaking idea what to do. Well, the first thing is to calm down – breathe in, breathe out, “Ohmm…” So now that you’re back on earth, let’s take this step by step, shall we? Read my rules for throwing a successful dinner party. Thanksgiving is now ten days away: this is the perfect time to plan your menu. First, finalize the number of guests you’ll . . .
Here is another set of tips for the novice cooks out there: -DO NOT use jarred minced garlic. It is no flavor! It is a waste and a disgrace! Garlic is one of God’s greatest gifts to humankind (along with butter and cheese, of course). Fresh garlic, when chopped and used properly, can add the most wonderful flavor to almost any dish. Do it justice! Buy one head at a time and store it in a dark, dry place. -DO invest in a pepper grinder and use it! This is the same concept as the garlic. Freshly ground pepper provides a distinct, simple layer of flavor to . . .