HEY! IT’S FALL. Have you heard? If you haven’t, then it’s safe to assume you’ve been living under a rock. It always happens like this. I wake up one day, and summer is gone. Like, totally, completely gone. A distant memory. Almost as if it never existed in the first place.
In case you aren’t already in the know, my fierce farm-to-table friend and fellow Food Network Star Emma Frisch writes a fabulous food blog called Frisch Kitchen. Emma’s blog focuses on what she calls “food with roots,” and recently she started a brilliant campaign called #5days5ways, where she highlights one ingredient over 5 days and shows 5 unique ways to use it. Last […]
This blog is about to get corny. See what I did there? I know, I know. Puns and corny jokes are kind of my thing! I get that from my Momma. She was the Queen. So, my birthday is on Saturday, and, well it’s a big one. The big 3-0. It’s not that I’m sad […]
Or maybe I should say, “lawbstah rolls.” That’s how my grandfather would have said it. My Pop-Pop Genovese, along with several of his brothers, and my uncle Mark all made their living as commercial fisherman. My maternal great grandparents emigrated from Sicily in the early 1900’s to Gloucester, Massachusetts, a fishing village made famous by […]
It’s been a little weird not having a kitchen. But, honestly, not as weird as I had expected. Actually, it’s been kinda fun. Well, we’re not living completely kitchenless. That wasn’t an option. We need to at least be able to make coffee in the morning. So I created a mini-kitchen, of sorts, in the living […]
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 […]