For this holiday season, I’m excited to curate Love With Food’s holiday snack box! Love With Food is a great way to discover new snacks that are not only tasty but also healthier for you. There are options for all kinds of diet-conscious snackers from gluten-free to vegan. My carefully curated snack box is available for a limited time only, so don’t miss out and sign up today. For each box sold, at least one meal is donated to fight child hunger. Plus for my box only, a portion of

It’s that time of year when everyone’s busy busy busy! I find myself constantly on my feet in the kitchen, running eraands with the hubs, planning menus, designing recipes, putting together the tablescape, and getting stuff tidied and done around the house to prepare for holiday gatherings. This is not even counting all the parties and get-togethers inundating our calendars. All of this frenetic running around means one thing: lots of calories are burning, but most of the stuff around me isn’t providing efficient physiological fuel. Sure, there’s a bag

There’s no doubt Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday of the year. I say it time and time again: the beauty of Thanksgiving is the fall weather, the gathering of friends and family, the feasting of food, the football, and the lack of gift-giving pressure (though my guide to great gifts for the home cook helps). I’ve already blogged about classic Thanksgiving recipes and how following a Thanksgiving checklist helps make your holiday run smoother, so when I tried to come up with ideas as to what I should write

I have tons of recipes archived, so that whenever I do a cooking event, curate a menu, or (like now) write a new cookbook, I have an arsenal from which I can pull just about any dish to fit any diet, cuisine, course, and so forth. The problem with my recipes are they’re often written using standard measurements since I’m American, and we are weird in that we have yet to adopt the more globally used metric system. And the problem with standard measurements is they’re impossible to scale! For

A motorbike food tour of Ho Chi Minh City with Back of the Bike Tours was one of the most memorable things I did while in Vietnam. Since traffic in Saigon is so crazy, it’s most convenient to travel by motorbike, and this tour offers English-speaking guides that will immerse you in Vietnamese culture, both by taking you through the streets via scooter and showing you what and where to eat to get a true taste of hidden gastronomic gems. Each place we visited, the hubs and I had never

Last week, I published a barbacoa tacos recipe for Día de los Muertos. But for those of you purely Halloween celebrants, I’m posting this more traditional autumn recipe. While it’s not your typical ghoulish party food, I find it’s one of the few Halloween themed dishes I’ll actually make in my kitchen. I like that it’s simple, delicious, and appreciated by both adults and children. I actually just served this dish over the weekend at a get-together at our house for the World Series watch party (go ‘Stros!). It’s not

Where does the time go? 2017 is flying by. It’s already Halloween next week. I love the fall holiday season, and this year, I was thinking of how I could cook a Halloween-themed dinner for adults. This means no abundance of candies, no ghoulish eyeball soup, no pumpkin everything. After days of mulling over how I could create a cohesive holiday meal, I decided to take the easier (and, in my opinion, more sensible) route and cook a Día de los Muertos dinner. Quick cultural lesson: El Día de los

My next travel adventures brings me back to Vietnam for a month. Since the hubs combined several days worth of footage into just a few YouTube vlogs, I’ll run through the highlights of our extended holiday. First meal out after landing in Saigon Com Tam Bui Saigon (Quan 1) The hubs has an obsession with in-flight amenities kits. I think it’s because he’s been spoiled with flying business class. I find it cute, though, when he gets excited to open up a kit. The stuffing of three of them into

California has some of the best seafood, from the oysters at Hog Island in San Francisco to the clams at San Diego’s Ironside Fish and Oyster. As a follow-up to my recent travels to San Diego, here’s a recipe for cioppino. Despite it’s Italian-sounding name, cioppino is thought to originate in San Francisco when fishermen needed sustenance after a hard day’s work at sea. The fresh catches of the day would be cooked in a simple, hearty stew, and the leftover broth would get mopped up with crusty bread (specifically

I was invited to be a guest chef on Bong Appetit, a show on edgy media channel VICELAND. Since I’ve been promoting my episode, which will air tonight at 10:30 PM EDT, there’s been a lot of controversy. I’ve lost a few fans on Facebook, but I was surprised I earned even more new followers. I don’t like to stir up controversy, but I truly feel I am not doing anything morally wrong. I cooked the food on the show but did not consume it. Cannabis is legal in California

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