I left San Francisco to head to wine country. A close friend and I hit some wineries on our way up north, and found ourselves at a beautifully, quaint inn, called Inn at St. Helena http://innsthelena.com/index.html The leaves were starting to turn and fall and the mornings were crisp and chilly. I had a 1/2 mileContinue reading Model Bakery – St. Helena, CA – Oprah Recommended!
I had the pleasure of traveling to NAPA Valley and spent the week at The Culinary Institute of America at a bootcamp to learn everything I need to know about farm to table cooking in northern California. I traveled to wineries, through unfamiliar cities, saw the sites, toured farms and learned their practices…went through theirContinue reading The Culinary Institute of America – Farm to Table Bootcamp/Northern California
Blogging in the Boroughs: Brooklyn Pizza Tour I decided to take the plunge and start a process of blogging my way through the five boroughs of New York. The fun part about this process is that NYC is constantly changing….the vibe is completely different from neighborhood to neighborhood…even in the same borough. IContinue reading Blogging in the Boroughs – Brooklyn Pizza Tour
Why all the garlic you ask? Oh there’s a story behind that. I’ve made an effort to be mostly meatless throughout my meals…but I still eat all meat once in awhile. Tonight….I just felt like a snack instead of dinner. I love spicy peppers, but I had large sweet peppers in the house…so I thought I’dContinue reading Midweek Meatless Snack – Blistered Sweet Peppers w/Rosemary Garlic
I was asked to participate in one of the most rewarding programs. In Dallas, PA, The Lands at Hillside Farms is a farm that takes animals that have been abused or neglected and rehabilitates them. They have horses, sheep, cows, etc. Many families go there to visit them and the children learn a little somethingContinue reading Cooking with Children: Teaching Kids in a Grief Camp How to Cook
So, I was at one of my favorite cooking classes at Sur La Table (I drive 2 hours south to go here) and the staff loves when I arrive. They make a big deal and call me a legend for driving so far to cook with them. Every time they have a new product…they knowContinue reading Demeyere Cookware for the Serious Chef!
One of the major food trends is that people are pursuing more options for plant based meals whether they are vegetarians/vegans or not..but looking for that kick of protein at the same time. Well, now they make some pastas with built in protein….and you can always add beans. Beans are super packed with fiber for aContinue reading Mexican Spaghetti Veggie Bowl
Sometimes you just want some Chinese takeout, but you think about how it may not “be good for you”. Let’s kick it up a notch and add some protein to keep you fuller longer without the guilt tagging along in the back of your mind. Today was …. let’s make what’s in Laura’s pantry day.Continue reading Protein Stir Fry Bowl
What livens up your Chinese takeout? I just got that question last week. The answer is…are you ready? Lime! What else can you add to give it that extra bit of freshness? Cilantro! I find that lemon works so well with Italian cuisine and lime works beautifully with Asian cuisine. Since the sauces are soContinue reading Lime Teriyaki Salmon w/Cauliflower Fried Rice
I walked into this cooking class at Sur La Table in King of Prussia, PA and I was surrounded by people who either owned restaurants or were home cooks just like me. We wanted to learn the basics of how to make this dish and how to make it taste light, not weighed down. WhatContinue reading CCC – Colorful Cooking Class – Homemade Gnocchi & Gnudi/Sur La Table