Archives for July 2010

The True Blood Diet

As I got my weekly True Blood fix with its passion, intrigue, and gore, I thought about the vampire diet and what their diet mainly consisted of. Hands down, they mainly eat from a live source, and in rare cases when they do have something in a bottle, they are the first to admit that it doesn’t taste nearly as good.

Don’t Burst All Your Bubbles

Find out what Stanford and my favorite food chemist Harold McGee discovered about keeping your bubbly to retain its effervescence longer after the bottle is opened…

Chipotle Chili in Adobo

Chipotle is a jalapeno all grown-up, ripened, smoked, and slightly shriveled. You can buy them dried, but I prefer the canned chipotle in a spiced tomato sauce called adobo. It’s the secret to my spicy lime mayo – a delight for anyone who appreciates the heat, depth, and tang that chilies bring to the meal.

How to Appease a Sweet Tooth

You shouldn’t feel guilty for craving sweets! It’s a natural, biological urge to crave sugar since it’s the fastest form of fuel for the body. But as lives become more sedentary and processed foods have less of the nutrients we need, limiting sugar becomes more and more important to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy body. I’ll show you some easy ways to do it.

Eat with Your Eyes

While I was searching for nutritional info for cracker packets, I came across these hilarious pewter snack crackers and pretzels – reminding me that there are many ways to appreciate food beyond eating it!

Delicious Yogurt Panna Cotta

These bright orange berries, each about the size of a marble, caught my eye in my local grocery store the other day. Often I like the challenge of creating a recipe around a single ingredient that I don’t use very often, and the color of these were irresistible.

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

What’s the perfect lunch for the first really hot day of summer? Lunch had to be something ‘stove free’ for sure, but I also wanted something light yet sweet – find out how I came up with this recipe for Watermelon Tomato Salad.

Nautical Noshes

You don’t need a special occasion to entertain, sunny weather and Friday summer hours are reason enough. Here’s a large selection for your next seaside inspired brunch – all the dishes can be prepared up to one hour ahead and served room temperature.