• Location: Philadelphia
  • Favorite foods: chili, lasagna, tacos, cheesesteaks

Cook the Book: Lonely Planet's 'The World's Best Spicy Food'

My own chili when I go overboard on my spices and peppers!

Cook the Book: 'Family Table'

Every Thanksgiving, especially now that I appreciate family more now that I'm older.

Win 2 Tickets to Sweetlife: A Music + Food Festival!

Bake the Book: Old School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned To Cook

My grandmom's vegetable soup, appropriately called "Grandmom Soup"

Food Ignorance Frustration

@loco_food_guy, you made my day, I couldn't agree more!

Do you knead bread in a mixer for the same length as by hand?

After you knead it with the dough hook don't you still have to knead it by hand? It seems like that's what a lot of recipes tell you to do(or I'm reading them wrong)

Cookbooks - What version is best?

Thank you all! I only asked since people seem to staunchly stand behind their favorite editions and I didn't want to pick the wrong one. I want to buy Joy of Cooking but want to get the most usable version. ( does this make sense?)

Baking up a 'storm' New Yorkers?

well, I'm in Philly, but so far I've made chocolate chips cookies, snickerdoodles, and a really good lemon cake I found on pinterest, and I still feel like baking more while I still have power, any suggestions?

What are you drinking in the storm?

Just had my first sip of blackberry brandy! Will probably have more!

Philadelphia is the food capital of the world !

Yes! A Philly column would be an excellent and timely addition!

Kid's Desserts

Wow, I love all these ideas!
@Erin_in_AR - there is no particular theme per say but it's at one of those "fun spots" with all the things to play on(you know what I mean?) I was thinking of the cake pops and the apple slices are a great change of pace!

Crispy Cookies

Thanks everyone, I tried some of these tips and they were first. Then after I stored them they softened up. I guess I better buy a glass container. I wonder why that would work? Thanks for the help!

Crispy Cookies

Thanks for the tip, I'll try that tonight. Do you know the best way to store them or doesn't that matter? I read somewhere that you should store cookies in a glass container as opposed to tupperware type container. Does this make sense?

Knead the Book: Fast Breads

Butter, or jelly or peanut butter or peanut butter and jelly......

Baking Challenge

Wow, thank you for all your great suggestions! You all made me feel a lot more confident. I guess my first thought was that I had to do some extravagant, fancy cookie display (which I am not even close to being able to do) but doing ahead and baking favorites is really the way to go! Let me know if there are any more tips you'd like to share, I need all the help I can get. Thanks!

Cook the Book: 'How to Cook Everything The Basics'

Guacamole yay or nay?

I don't get what all the fuss is about - I don't think it has much taste at all!

Bake the Book: 'CakeLove in the Morning'

My sour cream coffee cake. Yum!

Bake the Book: 'Joy the Baker Cookbook'

Smitten Kitchen is one I've always liked, but I think I'll check out all the others mentioned here too!

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

can you use bottled lemon juice for this recipe?

Bake the Book: 'One Girl Cookies'

From my kitchen baked with love (and flour everywhere) by me and my granddaughter.

Easter Basket 2012: Why Do So Many Jelly Beans Suck?

@cookieparty, I completely agree! I love jellybeans and have tried them all! Just Born are the best hands down! Just hard to find.

I failed again!!!

Thanks for your comments! I didn't have access to my computer till today....I didn't chill the dough because the recipe specifically said not to, and I used a stand mixer. I didn't want to put any more flour down because I thought I had already put down too much and that was what was making it crumbly. I did eventually get the cookies I didn't ruin up with a spatula. I don't think I'll give up because I only recently discovered baking and I love it!!! It can be frustrating though. Does anyone have a cutout cookie recipe that they think is good? I got the last one off the internet, but not sure where. Thanks for your help!

Share Your Sweets: St. Patrick's Day Sweets

Yum, can I have the recipe? Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Help - Finger food for a young crowd - for Saturday!

How about soft pretzel nuggets, with an assortment dipping mustards and cheese? Always a hit with the kids at big parties!

Cookbooks - What version is best?

So I've decided to 'gift' myself with one or two "after Christmas" cookbooks. I don't have many and usually get them from the library because of the expense...that being said...any reviews I read always seem to specify certain 'editions' e.g Joy of Coking, Silver Palate, etc. So if I want to buy a classic cookbook, what version of what book do I buy?

Kid's Desserts

Hi - I'm collaborating on a birthda party for my granddaughter and I'm doing a dessert table. I wanted to do some kid-friendly, fun, snacks. Any ideas? It's a seven year old girl and there will be about 75 people there, boys and girls. Thanks:-)

Crispy Cookies

Does any one know a way to keep cookies crisp? The recipe I used for oatmeal cookies (which I followed to the letter) said they would tun out crisp and they didn't.
Is there a way to store them that keeps them crisp? Thanks!

Baking Challenge

I started baking maybe only 2 years ago and I love it! So I've been more or less elected the family cookie maker, That being said, my sister has asked me if I would make a big cookie tray for the huge graduation party she's having for my niece. They'll be about 200 or so in attendance. Now I'm intimidated, scared and nauseous....I mean my cookies are good but they're pretty basic, i.e cutout cookies(that I've just mastered) butter, choc chip, snickerdoodle, etc. I'm willing to work hard and I'll try anything......I really need some advice on what to do here... What cookies would make this cookie tray look and taste great? Thanks guys! (I have about 3 weeks to experiment with recipes)

Topic order...

I was just wondering why if you comment on a topic that was asked maybe a day or a week ago, your comment doesn't bring that topic back to the first page. Wouldn't that make sense? Just curious....

I failed again!!!

I once again tried to make cut-out cookies...and failed...again. What am I doing wrong? I am so frustrated! I wanted to make shamrocks with green sprinkles for St. Patrick's Day to bring to work and send to my daughter's school. I followed a simple recipe just for cut-out cookies and I couldn't roll it, it was too crumbly - then when I finally rolled a little of the dough,(over a floured surface like it told me to do) and cut them out with the cookie cutter, I couldn't pick them up! I feel like I'm the only person who can't do this. How do you do it??? (sorry for rambling I'm very frustrated!) Thank you

Christmas Cookie Baking

I am somewhat new to baking but since I've started I love it! Last year (my first baking in earnest) I made five different kinds of cookies about 3 dozen each. I want to make even more, and a greater variety this year. I'm not sure how well they keep or what the best timetable is to make them or whether to freeze them or not. I was set on starting this weekend. Does this sound like a good timeline to all you experienced bakers out there? Any tips for my first big foray into the cookie baking arena? Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

I Got My Present Early!

My children gave me my dream Christmas present early - An Artisan Kitchen Aid Mixer!!! I finally got one! I'm sure I'm late in the game compared with everyone else, but I'm thrilled! What was the first thing everyone made when they got theirs? Is it a dream to use? It's green, my favorite color!

Am I the only one who doesn't think this is great?

So the other day at work we all went to a new sandwich place every one was raving about and I ordered a Grilled chicken with roasted peppers, mozzarella and pesto on brioche. The sandwich looked divine and everything tasted good except........the big hunk of mozzarella, it wasn't bad I just don't really think mozzarella by itself has much taste. So biting into a huge chunk of it was, well, ugh.....And I'm not crazy about pesto either. I feel so out of it not liking something that's so hip.....Anyone else?

Easter cookies?

This past Christmas I made batches of all kinds of cookies for the first time and I really loved it. I thought I would do the same for Easter. Does anyone have any cookie recipes they make especially for Easter?

Recipes for beans

I've been reading that beans are good for you and filling if you're dieting. I have just never used them except in chili. Does anyone have some tasty recipes incorporating beans? And what kind of beans, again, I've only used kidney beans. Thanks.

Turkey Salad?

I hope everyone can stand another turkey question....My sister and her husband made a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner for our big crowd (25). She also cooked an extra turkey and gave it to me and asked me if I could make her wonderful hubby some turkey salad(she only does Thanksgiving, which is more than enough!), So, I need a great recipe for this wonderful man to thank him for all he's done. Might sound simple but I need something really great. Any ideas???? p.s. he doesn't like onions! Thanks everyone!

Which ones are the best?

I went to the store to buy new pans to use for my holiday baking. There are so many choices!!! Is there any one brand that is better? What size? What finish? I'm new at baking and I don't want to buy the wrong kind. Please advise! Thank you.
p.s. does everyone use parchment? I've never tried it.

The Pizza Lab: Foolproof Pan Pizza

I've got a confession to make: I love pan pizza. I'm not talking deep-dish Chicago-style with its crisp crust and rivers of cheese and sauce, I'm talking thick-crusted, fried-on-the-bottom, puffy, cheesy, focaccia-esque pan pizza, dripping with strings of mozzarella and robust sauce. If only pizza that good were also easy to make at home. Well here's the good news: It is. This is the easiest pizza you will ever make. Seriously. All it takes is a few basic kitchen essentials, some simple ingredients, and a bit of patience. More

Cookbooks - What version is best?

So I've decided to 'gift' myself with one or two "after Christmas" cookbooks. I don't have many and usually get them from the library because of the expense...that being said...any reviews I read always seem to specify certain 'editions' e.g... More