We interrupt this stream of tomato chatter to bring you an ingenious solution to a problem that seems unavoidable this time of year. Well, only if you keep boatloads of sweet summer produce on your counters. You may currently be suffering from fruit flies. Symptoms include: seeing tiny specks in front of your eyes, feelings of severe irritation […]
It’s official: I no longer have a kitchen. I know, man. It’s a lot to wrap my head around. Last week, I woke up dreaming about this beautiful French tomato tart that I had made a few years ago. You guys dream about food, too, don’t you? It had a crispy, buttery crust, tangy Dijon mustard, perfectly ripe tomatoes, […]
A little over one year ago, I started this blog as an outlet to write about my ridiculous fascination with food. Then, I took a brief hiatus to film a little show called Food Network Star, and spent the last 11 weeks writing recaps about each episode. That was cool and all, but I’m really […]
Well, it’s all over. And, I didn’t win. Womp, womp. But, hey, it’s ok! When Bob Tuschman opened the red envelope and announced that I had come in third, Emma immediately ran over and threw her arms around me. If you watch my lips closely, you can see me whisper to her, “It’s all good!” […]
HOLY MACKEREL! (coastal pun completely intended.) I MADE IT TO THE TOP 3!!!!!! All I can say is, WOW! What a crazy, crazy ride this has been. Getting up in front of iconic celebrity chefs plus 2.5 million viewers to essentially make a fool out of yourself in pursuit of a life long dream takes, well.. […]
We started in LA, then conquered Vegas, and now it’s on to the Big Apple. This competition has taken me to a lot of places, but it’s great to finally be back on the east coast. When we arrived in New York, I stepped off the plane and took a deep breath of the brisk, humid air. I immediately […]
Another episode of Food Network Star is under my belt, and I can’t believe I made it through. This was easily the most difficult episode of the season, on so many different levels. Welllllllll, except for that one part where I got to eat a bowl of ice cream that cost about as much as […]
Woah. A whole lotta stuff went down in this episode. We arrive in Vegas, then Luca returns, I use a bunch of big confusing words, and the cowboy does a belly flop. As much as I’d like to talk about all of these things individually, there is only so much I can fit into one […]
This was a pretty rough episode for me. No way around it. So let me break it down with the best Western cliche I can think of: John Wayne Style… Err, I mean Clint Eastwood.
So, let’s just dive right into this: Resting Bitch Face. Yeah, I said it. And I still can’t believe that it actually made it into the episode. But I think it gave a little more insight into who I actually am.
What can I say, this past Sunday’s episode was siiiiiiick. We took a gander at the world of social media marketing, each of us making both a solo selfie video, and a group viral video. And in the viral video challenge, MY TEAM WON!
Cutthroat Kitchen is a gnarly game. Need I say more? Well, yeah… I guess I have a bit of explaining to do.
Hey guys! Episode 2 is now under our belts, and I’ve got just a few things to say about it. The best part about episode #2, by far, was that I got to watch it at a bar in Brooklyn with a few other Season 10 cast members, a couple FNS alum, and even some old friends from home (we go […]
Wow! What a whirlwind these past few days have been. Trying to process this whole ‘being on national television’ thing is a lot harder than I thought. But it’s cool. I mean, this is something that I’ve always wanted to do.
I’m just gonna come out and say it. These are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had: Brown butter chocolate chip cookies (with sea salt on top!) to be exact. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!
Now that winter seems to FINALLY be behind us, I got around to planting my spring garden this week. I planted all sorts of goodies: English peas, sugar snap peas, green beans, RAMPS, chard, kale, butter lettuce, arugula, mesclun mix, Romanesco cauliflower, broccoli rabe, strawberries, and a whole mess of herbs. Yay! I’m super stoked […]
Once upon a time in a little kitchen in New Jersey, a girl opened up a box to find the most beautiful, tiny, purple and white striped eggplants. Well, that girl was me. But you probably already guessed that part.
Can I let you all in on a little secret? I hate Halloween. Hate is a strong word, and I don’t use it very often. But I spent the majority of my childhood being absolutely terrified of Halloween. So much so that I would miss school for days on end, staying up all night physically […]
Can you believe its October already? I can’t. I’m just not ready to let go of summer yet. I’m not ready to accept the days getting shorter, the weather getting cooler, or the holidays that are just around the corner.
Hey ya’ll. I said ya’ll because this post is inspired by the great city of New Orleans, and “you guys” just doesn’t fly there. This past weekend was a doozie for us folks here in Atlantic City. We had all kinds of stuff goin’ down in town, like the return of the Miss America pageant […]
I’ve been doing a lot of overindulging lately. It seems that every other day there is a new reason to celebrate: Anniversaries! Birthdays! End of summer! Engagements! Weddings! Babies! Girls night! Double date night! Family visiting! Friends in Town! …Tomatoes! I see nothing wrong with enjoying the finer things in life, but sometimes when I’ve […]
The Tuesday after Labor Day is sort of a big deal around here. Living in a coastal town that draws in lots of tourists for the summer, everyone lets out a big sigh of relief when this day comes around each year. It’s not that we have anything against the tourists, or “shoobies” as they […]
3 Years ago today I ran off and got hitched. Man, time goes by fast. Our wedding day was the longest, most exciting, nerve wracking, emotionally draining, completely overwhelming, yet FUN day ever. It’s probably the only time in your life when all of your closest friends and family will gather together to celebrate YOU. […]
Spain. Beautiful architecture. Charming countryside. Scenic coastline. Tapas. Sherry. Paella. It’s a pretty magnificent place. But… I’ve never been. Coming up in a few weeks in the little town of Brunol (near Valencia) is the annual city-wide tomato fight, La Tomatina. Every year during the last week in August, a huge festival is thrown celebrating […]
Ok, I know. I said there were going to be a lot more posts about tomatoes. Don’t worry, they are coming. This post just couldn’t wait. Its a post about my happy place. Its a post about where I live, and how we spend our weekends this time of year. Its a post, if you […]