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The Best Homemade Condiments

Almost all fridges in North America are stocked with the same set of condiments. Somewhere we all must have agreed that certain foods needed to be served with a side of sauce that comes from a squeeze bottle or heavily branded glass jar. It wasn’t always this way. French cuisine was built on a foundation of delicious sauces made fresh in the kitchen with real ingredients. It’s a proud tradition that you can easily be a part of.… Read more »

Celery Root 101

Celery root (also known as celeriac, but I’ll stick with celery root due to infuriating pronunciation issues) is a variety of celery with an edible root. You may have seen squiggly bulbs of celery root at your local farmer’s market or mentions of celeriac purees or soups on fancy restaurant menus.

So what’s it all about? Why should we care about the root of an otherwise underwhelming vegetable (sorry, celery)? Celery root is kind of like a funky hybrid of a celery stalk and a potato. It carries some of the celery flavor, but performs similarly to a potato because you can roast it, stew it,… Read more »

How to Make the Best Fruit Salad Ever

Fruit salad might seem like a lazy person’s potluck dish of choice, but there’s no doubt it can be a refreshing, delicious and healthy treat. Fruit salad requires minimal effort and skill to prepare, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. With just a few simple tweaks, you can elevate your fruit salad to gourmet level. With so many delicious fruits in season right now, and more on the way, making an impressive fruit salad is a no-brainer.… Read more »

Ode to the Potato

March is synonymous with many wonderful things, including that special holiday where we bust out every green piece of clothing we own and drink (probably too much) green beer in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. It’s also the perfect time of year to pay homage to the almighty potato, in season in March and a central ingredient in traditional Irish cooking. In fact, they love … Read more »

6 Ways to Boost Your Protein

Are you getting enough protein? Most sources suggest it should make up about 20 to 30 percent of your daily calories. If you’re active and athletic, you might want to aim for the higher end, since protein is essential for repairing muscles. So what are the best ways to bump up your intake?… Read more »

How to be a Dinner Party Pro

I love throwing dinner parties! There’s just something really special about setting the table, making it look pretty and preparing a nice dinner for your friends and family. If you’re new to the dinner party scene, it can get a bit stressful, but with a little planning you can make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

Whether you’re hosting or attending at dinner party, having a few tricks up your sleeve to ‘wow’ guests always leaves a pleasant lasting impression. Here are some of the tricks I’ve learned from my experiences cooking and eating with my favorite people.… Read more »

The New Nordic Diet Uncovered

Almost every year there’s a new “it” diet that everyone seems to be doing that, allegedly, sheds all of the weight you gained over the holidays (and then some) and leaves you so vibrant and energized your co-workers will wonder if you’ve replaced all the blood in your body with coffee. Some of these diets are quite aggressive; cue the 5:2 British diet that makes you starve for 2 days (oh hell naw!). Some others are all about eating like a caveman (Paleo, duh).… Read more »