Cook yourself a fantastic Chinese New Year Dinner

Happy Year of the Dragon- 2012!

I love to cook Chinese New Year Dinner… where an even number of courses are good luck. This past weekend, Bartender Steve and his Heidi were the lucky winners of this year’s 6 course Chinese New Year dinner. Take a look at the video to learn how to make […]

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Make Healthy Holidays Happen!

(Great things are often a surprise. So it is with my friend Faith– we met, clicked, and wanted to collaborate right away! Here is a blog post we wrote together introducing this great collaboration…)

The holidays evoke memories of family gatherings, traditions, warm hues of orange and brown and the deep reds of the changing […]

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Viili and Yogurt Making Follow Up…

You read about my adventures getting a Viili starter earlier this month… so how did that turn out, anyway?

Well, as I am prone to do, I thought I would outsmart the way everyone has always made Viili and instead follow the method I’ve been using to make regular yogurt. (Meaning, I’d boil the […]

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Canning Tomatoes: Step by Step

Today, I canned a few of the summer harvest tomatoes.

If you find a farm where the sun has been hot, the rain just enough to keep the tomato plants happy, and the farmer rocks (like at Deardorff Vineyards for example!) then you have some great tomatoes on your hands… the perfect time to explore […]

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Catalyst Cooks : On the Road!

Does this sound good to you?

Crash Course: Cooking Party for Four!

Cooks of all levels: Come together in my kitchen – or yours – to whip up a meal based on a theme: Bastille Day!

I’ll provide food, two bottles of wine and instruction; you’ll come and learn how to assemble and cook […]

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Pasta Week: Kid Cooks Part III- Finale

In yesterday’s post, we covered the kneading of the pasta dough (and how kids will tackle anything without fear!)

Today’s final installment is about taking it home… from a tube of pasta dough to a bowl of yummy pasta, ready to eat.

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Pasta Week: Kid Cooks Part II- Pasta Dough

In yesterday’s post, I prepped for my Catalyst Cooks: Kid Cooks Pasta Class. Tomorrow we’ll finish up with Part III.

Today, we’re continuing the journey- hands are washed and we’re ready to go!

It’s all about Fun.

Yes folks- and to this crew, fun is wearing matching bandanas!

"Pick your favorite bandana color" Jen […]

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Pasta Week: Kid Cooks Part I- Prep

Last weekend, I hosted a class of cuties who wanted to learn how to make homemade pasta. I am so looking forward to sharing that fun with you!

This post is all about the prep. For those of you who are parents, and have many birthday parties and holidays under your belt- you know that […]

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A Cook’s Baby Gifts

Spring has sprung- here come the babies!

New children introduce the opportunity to use your cooking skills in new ways, or to acquire new skills. What fun a new little person can inspire in your kitchen!

To my pregnant buddies out there- sorry to ruin your surprise. I am going to share my favorite […]

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Un, Dos, Tres

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! I hosted my first Crash Course Cooking Class!

The party was on! Check out our cool decor >>>

The Prep Table was ready to go- only needed some aspiring chefs Mexicanos.

 

We made margaritas from only the basic ingredients: Fresh-squeezed lime juice, Grand Marnier, and Tequila.

Chef James was […]

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