I'm a book editor with a secret ambition to become a food writer.

  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Favorite foods: Pan-sauteed brussels sprouts. Eggs benedict. Tempura king crab with truffled bernaise. Fresh coconut. Smitten Kitchen's brown butter brown sugar shorties. Macaroni and cheese.
  • Last bite on earth: King crab doused with clarified butter.

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Drink the Book: 'Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes'

When I was a little girl, I LOVED coconut malted milkshakes. Great, now I'm craving one. *drooool*

Valentine's Day Giveaway: Win a Chocolate Truffles Box from Gail Ambrosius

Jeni's Queen City Cayenne Ice Cream (out of Columbus, OH). Super-rich and velvety dark chocolate ice cream with a spicy POW! at the end. Gaaah.

Market Scene: Dane County Farmers' Market in Madison, Wisconsin

Proud to be a Madisonian! Our farmer's market gives me something extra to be excited about on a Saturday. But I've learned to eat a hearty brunch before -- otherwise, I buy every carrot, head of cabbage, scone, and jar of homemade jam I lay my eyes on!

Cook the Book: 'Ready for Dessert'

Smitten Kitchen's Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies with hot, lightly sweetened tea and milk. YUM!

Mail-Order Ice Cream from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio

I'm surprised you didn't try any of the sorbets or yogurts Jeni's has to offer! This winter Jeni brought out a black current fro-yo that knocked my fuzzy-warm socks off. That's right, Jeni's is so good I eat it straight through the winter months. Another gotta-try is the Pear Reisling sorbet, which balances the subtle floral sweetness of reisling with the mellow flavor and gritty texture of the best pear you've ever eaten.

Columbus isn't my favorite place in the world to live...but the ice cream...oh my goodness gracious, the ICE CREAM!! I think the hope for a visit to Jeni's may be one of the few reasons I can convince my friends to visit me here. :)

Serious Eats Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificates from Threadless

Meat Is Murder! Tasty, Tasty Murder :) I also L-O-O-O-VE the Macoroni and Cheese coming together shirt.

Threadless 4ever!

Dinner theme: Childhood Classics for Grown Ups!?

I'm going to throw a little wrench in this thing: I have been asked to make a VEGETARIAN entree in addition to my dessert for this Gourmet Childhood Classics dinner party. This makes it a bit more tricky, no?

Dinner theme: Childhood Classics for Grown Ups!?

Wowza! So many comments! Thank you, all, for your suggestions! And keep 'em coming!

I'll let you know when I decide the final menu (with recipes!)!

What's The Worst Restaurant Name You've Ever Heard?

In Monrovia, Liberia, I found a restaurant named "Sweet Finger," which sounded pretty disgusting to me...

Barcelona food/restaurant recommendations

@MadelynRodriguez: Actually, Paco Meralgo isn't located in the Born neighborhood - it is on Calle Muntaner in the Eixample district south of Diagonal. Just wanted to clarify in case anyone here is planning on going to the restaurant.

Barcelona food/restaurant recommendations

I'm with SqueezeBottle: Paco Meralgo was my favorite place to eat when I lived in Barcelona. Delicious tapas (try the Pa amb tomaquet and the shrimp fried with garlic), great wine, and a fantastic staff. I was there so often, the staff wanted to take a picture with me when I they found out I was moving away. This is a MUST try!

Cook the Book: Ad Hoc at Home

In my hometown -- Madison, Wisconsin -- Sophia's Bakery & Cafe is my favorite place to have breakfast when I'm visiting my family. It's only open on weekend mornings, there are only four tables, and there is almost always packed, but it's totally worth the wait. Best cream cheese coffee cake and cherry crepes I've ever tasted!

Weekend Giveaway: California Wine Club Membership

Red: a nice, jammy Zinfandel
White: sweet, sparkly, floral Moscato d'Asti

Cereal with Water and Other Cereal Compulsions

I hated eating breakfast when I was little, so my mom concocted a yummy breakfast in a bowl that I'm still loving 25 years later:

Grape nuts + plump raisins (none of those chewy old raisins that you find in a cereal box) + milk + (secret ingredient:) a little chocolate syrup.

Not the healthiest breakfast once you've added the chocolate syrup, I know. But it's better than going to school without eating the most important meal of the day. I've now turned my boyfriend and my best friend onto this weird combo. Try it! I guarantee you'll love it!

Cook the Book: 'Canal House Cooking, Vol. 1'

I take wonton wrapper squares, brush them with butter and sprinkle them with brown sugar and cinnamon, and then bake them in a muffin tin to form little cups. Once they're cool, I fill them with a whipped mixture of mascarpone cheese, honey, and grand marnier. Then, just top them with your choice of berries or tropical fruits and add a few snips of fresh mint.

The last time I made these, I gave my guests the option to build their own fruit cups! They LOVED them!


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