What We Eat—And Cook—When We’re Sad

POSTED: August 18, 2017 AT 11:12 am   /   Cooking, Food Finds

It’s been an especially depressing and distracting week, no matter where anyone is on the political or social spectrum. The negative, tragic and disturbing news flowing into our social media feeds just won’t stop. It’s enough to make you sit in the corner and eat an entire pint of ice cream—alone. For some, emotional eating […]

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Is This Idea Innovative Or A Little Coconuts?

POSTED: June 16, 2017 AT 11:41 am   /   Cooking, News

We received a press release on a food product this week. That isn’t unusual. What is unusual is that we had to look it over twice, because the first time it read like a parody fit for a Saturday Night Live skit. This was the subject line of the email, presented unedited and as received: “CASCADIA MANAGING BRANDS LAUNCHES […]

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Weekend Cooking: Building A Better Meatball

POSTED: June 2, 2017 AT 4:16 pm   /   Cooking

For an item that sounds so simple—a rolled ball of ground meat often enhanced with spices, herbs, sauce or cheese—it’s easy to mess up. Mediocre versions abound: dense, dry, tough and flavorless. Ideal meatballs have an ethereal quality to them. These are tender and moist. The meat has texture and holds together without falling apart. […]

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Playtime In The Kitchen With Rienzi

POSTED: March 16, 2017 AT 6:50 pm   /   Cooking, Product Testing

Not all food writers also like to cook, but I eat out so much for my job that when I get the opportunity to make food at home, it’s a joy. A representative for Rienzi Foods, an Italian company that makes pasta, canned plum tomatoes, jarred sauces and more asked if I’d like a few […]

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