My love for doughy things knows no bounds. In fact, my all-time favorite food is bread - and pizza, gnocchi, and dim sum (or any kind of stuffed dumplings) are not far behind. When I was a child growing up in Ukraine, every morning would start with a walk to the local bakery to pick up the day's bread with my mom. The crusty-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, still-warm loaf would be eaten with butter for breakfast, with kielbasa for lunch, and always alongside dinner, no matter what we were eating on any given night. To me, bread symbolizes warmth and comfort, . . .
Today is the day, you guys! It's September 5th - the date I've had underlined, circled and highlighted in my planner for months. My first cookbook is out in the world today! The project I put my heart and soul into, the recipes I fell in love with, the images I toiled to perfect - it's all out there in the universe. Weee!!! As you might have guessed, Friendsgiving is a near and dear tradition for me. As Ukrainian immigrants, my family did not always celebrate Thanksgiving, so when my sister and I were in high school, we made it a point to adopt the holiday with . . .
Phoebe Lapine is someone I've admired for a long time. With her blog, Feed Me Phoebe, she manages to strike a balance between personal stories filled with self-deprecating humor, and seriously creative yet good-for-you recipes that make you go, "Hmm, why didn't I think of that?" When I finally got to meet her in person - when we co-taught a course on food blogging at NGI - I was thrilled to learn she was just as cool in 3D as she is on the interwebs (always a relief, isn't it?). Aside from writing an award-winning blog, Phoebe is also a culinary instructor, . . .
December has officially arrived and that means we've all got holiday parties, travel, this Mariah Carey song, and sugary cookies on the brain. With all the booze- and indulgent food-filled celebrations going on, this festive month makes it very easy to fall off our respective wellness wagons. But suddenly being down to party 24/7 is no cause for filling your body with questionable ingredients, just so you can commit to 3x/week workouts and quitting carbs as your new year's resolution come January... Enter: this healthy-ish treat from Danny Seo's Naturally, . . .
As I sit here writing this post, it is 7 a.m. on a grey and rainy Monday morning in Brooklyn. It was still dark out up until a few minutes ago so it's safe to say that autumn vibes - the kind that make you want to listen to Radiohead - are in full swing. It's the time of year for our meals to become warmer, heartier, and more soul-satisfyinger. This recipe for stuffed portobellos from Rebecca Ffrench's Whole Protein Vegetarian (Countryman Press, 2016) is the perfect dinner idea for transitioning into fall. Rebecca and I met earlier this year through our work . . .
I first learned about the Hemsley sisters when they were guests on Radio Cherry Bombe last year, and it was love at first sound bite. Aside from becoming obsessed with their awesome British accents, I learned that Melissa and Jasmine stumbled into the world of food in an unlikely way. Older sister Jasmine became interested in the connection of food and health during her modeling career. Subsequently, in partnership with sister Melissa, HEMSLEY + HEMSLEY was born as a bespoke service to help people with their digestion and dietary issues. The two started doing catering . . .
In New York, we don't really have an understanding of spring. There are but a few days in late April/early May when the snow has melted, the rain has passed, the wind chill is gone, and the sun comes out for an elusive flirtation. This lasts only a few days, before the oppressive heat and humidity of summer crash the party. Yet somehow, chic New Yorkers are always prepared for this handful of days. It's like they all secretly have cute-weather-outfit radars - a sixth sense I sadly lack. This year, nature decided to grant us these magical days over a month too early . . .