I am a graphic designer, 25, and I live with my boyfriend, cat, and dog. My mom and her sisters have always been foodies, and it's totally rubbed off. My boyfriend and I love to cook and bake and watch cooking shows together.

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  • Location: Ambler, PA
  • Favorite foods: Apple pie, fried chicken, corn pudding, lobster, raw oysters, stuffing, dark green vegetables, cherries, pastas in creamy sauces, escargot, potato latkes, black-eyed peas, duck

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Giveaway: Win a Sunday Funday Kit from Mrs. T's Pierogies

the smoked salmon & everything pierogies look like a great snack

Cook the Book: 'Spain' by Jeff Koehler

patatas bravas, yum. would love to make them at home!

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

very hot cast iron, butter, salt & pepper and some rosemary, with a big side of reminiscing about the steak florentine we ate on our honeymoon

Cook the Book: 'Lighten Up, America!'

use yeast more until i can read a recipe that calls for a yeast dough and feel excited instead of intimidated.

Philadelphia: 10 Amazing Cheesesteaks You Should Eat

There's another Donkey's outpost in Ocean City NJ for those put off by the idea of going to Camden. It really was one of the best cheesesteaks I've ever had.

Cook the Book: 'The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook'

I kind of always wanted to try pumpkin juice since Harry loves it so much

Baking "projects"

How about food that looks like something else, like candy sushi?

Cook the Book: 'In the Small Kitchen'

My first kitchen was in a studio, and it felt like a coup that I had a full sized refrigerator. No counterspace at all though, the sink was directly next to the stove. I used tv trays as my tables, putting all four together and throwing a tablecloth over them when I had company.

What atmosphere turns you on or off when you are dining out?

I hate it when the tables are too wide, I feel like I'm not stiiting with the people I'm eating with. I also really dislike it when there is a row of fixed benches on one side of a row of tables and chairs on the other side. I know it's a good way to get more tables in small restaurants, but I feel very self conscious about the people dining on either side of me, especially when it comes time to get up from the table. Last annoyance: too large benches in booths. I'm too short for that. My feet are inches away from the floor, and I can't rest on the seat back and still reach the table.

Cherry pitters?

I have the oxo one, it's got a nice grip

Served: Restaurant Biz Induced Exhaustion

I used to answer the phones for the delivery service of an upscale pizzeria. My boss told me when I'm on the phone with that guy whose so upset for one reason or another that I really felt like I was going to lose it, to stop, take a deep breath, and resort to bribery. "Sir, I'm very sorry that we cannot deliver to your location a mile outside of our delivery range. I'd be happy to offer you a coupon for your next pickup order". It was amazing the change in attitude when I would offer them that consolation.

So, did Bon Appetite step in it?

I found the inclusive side if the argument the presented more offensive than the terminology actually. "Lets invite non-jews to make fun of them and make them try weird food." Couldn't they find a quote from someone who was in favor of it for the more noble reason of wanting to teach and share? And besides, I like gefilte fish.

Weekend Giveaway: 'My Father's Daughter'

I'm going to go with Julia Roberts. Love her.

Baking for the Office

I try to save my baked treats exclusively for office birthdays. Otherwise I've always thought it would feel like I was just fishing for compliments.

Places to eat and drink in Philadelphia

I think that the Reading Terminal is really your best bet if you want to find things you can't find in NY. Good Dog is a fun funky spot to sit down with a decent beer selection, good food, and not the ridiculous wait there always seems to be at Monks. Have a fun trip! And please... It's Philly, with a y, not an i.

Cook the Book: 'Serve Yourself'

I get my shellfish fix when the bf goes out of town. Messy food, eating with my hands, with no one around to care about how I look.

Drink the Book: Maple-Bacon Shake

There's not a chance I would make this at home, but I would order it off of a menu in a heartbeat.

One day, I'm gonna get around to trying.....

Chicken Feet
Fiddlehead Ferns

Weekend Giveaway: 'Clean Start'

The warmer it is outside, the colder I want my food to be. I start craving sushi and big salads once the temps go north of 70.

Favorite Dim Sum

Love hargow for savory. Like others, I'm usually too full for sweet but I still get the sesame balls filled with red bean paste and I just take them home with me.