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Win a Copy of 'Downtown Italian'

gnocchi with a simple marinara sauce

Win a Copy of 'Baked Occasions'

I always bake a cake for special occasions - depending on the birthday request it can be anything from a classic white cake with white icing to a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and reese's cups.

Win a Copy of 'Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food'

I always go with a quick salad if I'm in a rush - just chop up a few things, and it's ever-evolving. If I've got ten minutes, I'll pop some salmon under the broiler with some veggies and have a super quick meal.

Win a Copy of 'A Boat, a Whale, & a Walrus'

I love to cook a good steak for company usually with a roasted vegetable and a different dessert every time

The Best of the Big Easy: 14 Great Bites in New Orleans

As a sweets lover, I have to say the beignets at Cafe du Monde were sub par. Maybe I had a bad batch, but they were really dense, not light and airy the way a beignet should be.

Check out SoBou. Delicious food and a fun environment. Domenica was also really great. Commander's palace brunch was very expensive, but excellent quality and service.

Win a Copy of 'The Big-Flavor Grill'

i really like a simple rub of salt and pepper - sometimes basting in butter for extra flavor

Win a Copy of 'Salad Samurai'

Mixed green salad with walnut maple dressing and toasted breadcrumbs

Win a Copy of 'Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food'

I've always wanted to recreate duck confit with potatoes

Win a Copy of 'Paris Pastry Club'

banana pudding - good for a crowd, can be made ahead, super easy, and delicious!

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

I'd make a whole roasted chicken and a ribeye. All the colors are cool with me, but since I have my choice, I'll take black.

Taste Test: Should I Use Filtered or Bottled Water for Tea?

@illone this entire site is about first world problems - it's about food. if you have a problem with it, you should probably look elsewhere.

Penne With Melted Vegetable Sauce

Ever tried this with sweet potatoes? I have everything on hand except the russets and have a bunch of sweet potatoes. Not sure they'll be starchy enough.

Bake the Book: A Lighter Way to Bake

Creme brulee or flan... most custardy desserts taste better when 'lightened'

Cook the Book: 'My Paris Kitchen' by David Lebovitz

Love his instagram posts... they make me miss Paris so much.

Cook the Book: 'Joy of Kosher' by Jamie Geller

my family makes kosher meals for every high holiday, though we don't keep kosher's mostly for the family that we invite over for our celebrations.


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