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The Monkey Diaries: Update
Well, The Monkey has been open for about eight weeks so far and the response has been very good. We’ve gotten write-ups in a couple of the major papers here in Philly as well as positive reviews and...


New Ideas For Bountiful Herbs
What is green and grows all over? The answer, as even the most black-thumbed gardener knows, is herbs. This time of year, the height of the summer harvest, even if your lettuce wilted in a heat wave...


Quick and Easy Challenge
One of the most common issues I hear when talking about cooking with other parents is how to get a healthy dinner on the table quickly and easily. It doesn’t matter what your day might involve. Whether...


The Strawberry Alarm Clock is About to Buzz
Now is the one time of year when everyone in America can get decent berries. Yes, I know, we can get fresh berries all year round now from places south of the Equator. And that's not a bad thing. And...


Artichokes: Not Guilty, But Delicious
Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables, and their long cooking time lends them especially well to slow cooking. They are a member of the thistle family, and native to the Mediterranean, which makes...


It's Tomato Time!
There are few times I advocate eating food from a can; one of those few foods are tomatoes. That’s because the majority of the year, save for the time we are in right now, those hot house grown tomatoes...


Eating For Your Amusement
My family and I are fresh off a day trip to a local amusement park and I’m still feeling like a big kid. Our action-packed day included braving some long lines, repeating some of the really fun rides...


Five Food Myths
Chilean sea bass, baby carrots, peanuts, white chocolate, and wild mushrooms. What do they all have in common? They are not what they say they are. That's right. Read on... Myth 1: Chilean Sea...


Minding the Hen House
This weekend, my husband and I are watching two neighbors’ homes while they are out of town—one family is on vacation in Disney World and the other is in northern Indiana at the wedding of their oldest...


Frozen Food, Fresh
One time a couple of years ago, I was channel flipping and paused to watch a very over-rated cooking show. In it, the “chef” was presumably teaching viewers how to “cook” dinner. One of the recipes...


A Beer-Inspired Salad Dressing?
When recently dining at the New Holland Brewing Company, thanks to a recent press trip, it was a whole new meal experience to have a different beer paired with each and every course of the meal. Count...


Get Sugar-Smart
Did you know that one regular soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar? Plus (and this probably isn’t news to you), slurping sodas regularly will up your kids’ chances of obesity by 60 percent. Yikes. But...


Summer Soup, Bachelor Style
This is the hottest summer I've ever lived anywhere. We solar-beleaguered Austinians are moving into toward our fiftieth day of triple digits, and the annual August exhaustion has only just begun! It's...


Iced High Tea Time
There is something about that four o’clock hour. Hunger starts to kick in and a little pick-me-up seems to be in order. The English were on to something when they formalized the ritual of high tea....


Monday Night Raw In The Kitchen
It’s hot out there. Checking in with friends and colleagues around the country this week, the weather forecast seemed like I was having déjà vu no matter where I was calling. Helena, Montana: 90°...


Chinese Food For American New Year
I had an opportunity to visit Washington D.C. recently. It was my first visit ever, so I was overwhelmed by everything: the monuments, the museums, and the traffic. I only had one day in the city, so my...