Hestan Cue, Apple Cobbler, Kitchen Tools

Ultimate Holiday Cooking Tool: The Hestan Cue

About once a week, I become overly ambitious in the kitchen. I pick a ridiculously difficult recipe from some Michelin-Star chef’s cookbook, purchase all the ingredients, and then proceed to slaughter the dish, usually burning it into crispy oblivion. And I cook for a living! Why can’t I produce even a semi-edible version of these difficult recipes?! What am I doing wrong?! Well, Hestan Cue has the answer. Hestan Cue is the future of home cooking. It is a three-part system that walks you through and even regulates each step of the recipe process. I know! At this point you’re …

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Welcoming Autumn with JaM Cellars

Thank you JaM Cellars for sponsoring this post. Looking for Butter Chardonnay or JaM Cabernet near you? Check out our Store Locator! Just pop in your zip code. Confession time: I am an Autumn-file. The second that the summer heat drops just one degree, I am busting out chunky knit sweaters and pumpkin spice. The moment it is socially acceptable (or even questionable) for me to start celebrating Fall, then it is happening. And like Mary Poppins hitching a ride on a northernly gust, it is time for me to jump on the seasonal train. So join me as I …

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Mommy Time-Out with Southern Living

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, Real Simple®, and Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine. Everyday life can certainly drain my creative reserves: work emails, laundry, chasing after a toddler at Gymboree, planning photo shoots, baby swim classes, more work emails. By mid-day, my brain is easily a ball of mush. So whenever I get the chance I try to take, what I like to call, a “mommy time-out.” It’s a few moments to recoup, sit quietly with a cup of coffee, and get inspired. But unlike a tantrum-induced break, this …

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Kitchen Tools: The Best of Summer

A chef is only as good as her knife. A baker is only as good as his oven. A mixologist is only as good as her cocktail shaker. Okay, those three statements are total lies. There’s a lot more than the tools of a trade that go into making an exceptional food professional. Passion, dedication, education, experience, unadulterated talent. Yes, it is a complex recipe of luck, talent, and experience that makes you the world’s best. But even the world’s best are mere mortals and they still have to use tools. And guess what? We can use those same tools! …

Illuminated Barrel Bar, DIY

Illuminated Barrel Bar

I cannot believe I am about to say this, but not everything is about food and drinks. Yes, I know. That is literally the craziest thing I have ever said to you. Calm down and stop hyperventilating. Sometimes it’s about what you serve your food and drinks on. Whew! That was a close one, right?! You thought I was going to go all “mightier-than-thou” on your hangry faces. Don’t fret, I never stray too far from the edibles. As a fun diversion, I teamed up with Jasco to show you how I create fun and impromptu outdoor bars for my …

All Black KitchenAid Mixer - Spring Appliance Trends

Spring Appliance Trends

It happens every year. The Spring appliance you can’t avoid. It’s everywhere! In the window of every Williams-Sonoma. Popping up on your favorite Pinterest boards. It’s even already on the countertop of your trendy friend’s kitchen. How does she get those things so fast?! Well, if you want to be the one that is in the know before everyone else, then I have a few trends for you to look out for. Here are my four appliance and kitchen accessory picks that will be everywhere this Spring… Smeg Espresso Coffee Machine: This piece of retro magic isn’t even available yet, …

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Tailgating with Seven Daughters Wines

A little less than a year ago, I moved from New York City to Houston. I did this without ever having visited the city and my experience thus far has been one filled with many perks. BBQ, tropical weather, gorgeous homes, BBQ, rodeos, cowboy boots, BBQ. Did I mention BBQ? And one perk I get to experience only a few months in, is the Super Bowl. Oh yes, my new hometown is hosting the big game this year and the air is electric. Downtown is a hub of football, music, food, and fun. Although I have not been looked down …

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Ninja Coffee Bar: Recipe + Giveaway!

This post was created in partnership with Ninja Coffee Bar® System. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own. There are things in life that are a given. The sun will rise with the new day. The wind will rustle the fallen leaves. You will be in dire need of caffeine on Christmas morning. The things that no one questions. So relish in this eternal knowledge by making that cup of caffeine the best, most lavish cup you’ve ever had. How will you accomplish this, you ask? With the new Ninja Coffee Bar® …