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Summer Fest: Savory Watermelon Recipes

This market selection is going to require some heavy lifting. Watermelons are 92% water and that’s where most of their weight comes from. Before flexing your muscles, look for a firm, symmetrical fruit that has as few cuts, dents or bruises as possible. And while simply slicing up your melon and eating it straight from [...]

The Food-Focused Bride: Honeymoon Eats Preview

While I’ve had fun planning my wedding and am so looking forward to the big day, I might actually be even more excited to go on my honeymoon. I check out photos of the resorts daily and am constantly day dreaming about the whole experience. In true food-focused fashion, I’ve been researching all of the [...]

Summer Fest: Five Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipes

With summer in full swing, what better way to spend an evening than with a few cocktails  and chips and dip? Skip the store-bought brand of salsa and use in-season tomatoes to make these fresh versions and you’ll never go back to jarred. 1. Salsa Alton’s salsa is as easy to put together as it [...]

The Food-Focused Bride: Locally Sourced Wedding Gift Bags

Since we’re having a destination wedding (we live in New York City but are getting married 2 hours away in East Hampton, N.Y.), I wanted to create welcome bags filled with local products. These items can really start to add up, especially when almost every guest is booking a hotel room.  I picked my four [...]

Summer Fest: Four Grilled Corn Favorites

Markets are overflowing right now with bins of fresh summer corn. Pick your corn wisely by checking inside the husks to make sure the cob fills it out properly and make sure the silks aren’t dried out. You can feature corn in all sorts of delicious summer recipes, but when it’s nice and fresh, why [...]

The Food-Focused Bride: Wine and Cheese Bridal Shower

When my aunt offered to throw me a bridal shower in New York City, I didn’t hesitate with my venue selection. I’ve taken classes at the Artisinal Cheese Center before and always thought it would be a great place to have a party. Having been to my fair share of showers over the years, I [...]

Summer Fest: Quick Salads with Peas

Skip the frozen aisle and pick up shell peas or sugarsnap peas at the market right now. Shell peas need to be removed from their pod before eating. Sugarsnap peas have both edible pods and peas inside. Blanching or poaching peas lets their full flavor shine in these crunchy, summer-ready salads. You can also freeze [...]

The Food-Focused Bride: Getting in Wedding Shape and Eating Right

While I’m usually a healthy and active person, the thought of walking down a long aisle in front of more than a hundred people has prompted me to kick up my workout routine and focus more on eating healthy. Since I got engaged eight months ago, I’ve been going to the gym a few times [...]

Summer Fest: Four Healthy Berry Recipes

June is prime season for cooking and eating berries. Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are all in their prime at markets right now. Blackberries are just starting to be seen, as well, though they’ll peak later in the summer. Some of the best ways to feature these berries are in simple summer desserts like cobblers, crisps [...]

The Food-Focused Bride: Cocktails, Wine and Beer

I am getting married in 81 days. Yes, the countdown is on. And while I’ve been slowly trying (albeit unsuccessfully) to phase alcohol out of my wedding diet, I’m certainly looking forward to all of the options on the big day. First, the signature cocktail. As I’m not a fan of naming my drink after [...]

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