kitchen tips

favor-“ette”: a taco (shell) tip

use a fork to keep a taco shell upright

November 11th, 2014

As the holiday madness (a.k.a., baking every single day) descends, I find myself turning more than ever to certain dinners. Dinners that can be made ahead (like stuffed shells). Dinners that use ingredients that I have on-hand, when I “forget” to prepare in advance (like a quick ragu sauce). And dinners that ask nothing more […]


favor-“ette”: the easiest way to peel a mango

easiest way to peel a mango

August 12th, 2014

You’re doing it wrong. Peeling mangoes, that is. Is it me, or are mangoes one of the more annoying fruits to prep? First, you’ve got that awkwardly shaped, gigantic pit to contend with. And then there’s the peel – I can never seem to find just the right tool to use to get as much […]


favor-“ette”: garbage disposal “pods”

garbage disposal pods

July 22nd, 2014

Does your garbage disposal ever get that “not so fresh feeling”? You know what I mean – and if you’ve ever tossed some lemon or lime peels down there you are going to love this little DIY. Using materials that you probably have right now in your kitchen you can make these eco-friendly “pods” to […]


favor-“ette”: shake it up

favor-"ette": shake it up

May 19th, 2014

Two quick kitchen tips today (and a bonus upper arm workout too)! In my kitchen garlic is a staple, especially in the summer months (pesto, bruschetta……). And while I don’t mind crushing a clove or two with my chef’s knife, peeling a whole head is a messy, annoying task. I’d been intrigued by a certain tip […]


favor-“ette”: tap-tap

favor-"ette": tap-tap

March 25th, 2014

I’ve been baking like crazy lately – and going through many bags of flour in the process. And – like me – if you hate that “spray” of flour that happens every time you open a new bag, try this trick: “Tapping” the top of the bag a few times will cause the flour to […]


favor-“ette” a mixer tip

towel over mixer

December 10th, 2013

You know that moment right after you add flour to the mixer? Just before you turn it on, when you say a little prayer that the flour (and other dry ingredients) won’t go flying all over you – and your kitchen? No matter how slowly and gently I turn on the mixer, I more often […]


favor-“ette”: a pot tip

wax paper over a pot

November 26th, 2013

If you’re like me, fall and winter mean pulling out the pots – the large ones, that is – for soups, stews, pulled this and braised that. I LOVE one-pot winter meals for many reasons – not the least of which is that most can be made in advance. And actually taste better after sitting […]


favor-“ette”: foil-covered cupcake pans

foil covered cupcake pan

November 19th, 2013

Are you a clean cook or a messy cook? I’m firmly trenched in the latter. Organized? Check. Precise? Double check. Clean up as I go? Absolutely. Neat? Uhh……. This is especially irksome when making muffins and cupcakes. No matter what tricks I’ve learned – no matter how careful I think I’m being – drips and […]


favor-“ette”: a little tip

dampened hands

August 27th, 2013

This is one of my favorite kitchen tips: Slightly dampened hands make a big difference when working with all manner of sticky foods. Here’s just a few examples: Making meatballs. Rolling out a “log” of slice and bake cookies. Forming ganache truffles. Shaping a meatloaf. Working with coconut macaroons. I learned this tip years ago […]


couple of things


April 26th, 2013

Hi all! Before I share this month’s links I wanted to catch you up on what’s been happening around here lately! First – a short recap of my “wheat-free” month. If you recall, I decided to go wheat-free, not gluten-free (yes, there IS a difference). And I was not nearly as rigid as I was […]