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Stocking Stuffers for Food-Lovers

The old adage “good things come in small packages” is especially true when it comes to stocking stuffers. To maximize this year’s small pleasures, here are some stocking-sized gift ideas for the food lover in your family, perfect for the… Baking Mother: Sometimes a few secret ingredients can make a huge difference in baked goods. […]

25 Ways to Use Tahini

Tahini is the glue that holds hummus together — at least that’s what I’ve always thought of it as. But tahini paste, ground-up hulled sesame seeds, isn’t just an ingredient in a dip. This rich and slightly bitter paste stands on its own as a salad dressing, marinade and even as a cooking sauce for […]

25 Ways to Use Chorizo

Just as the hot dog is an American classic, chorizo is a traditional favorite in Spain, Portugal and Mexico. And just as hot dog styles (red hots versus NYC-style versus all-beef versus pork-beef combo versus skinless — you see my point) vary throughout the country, the ingredients in chorizo vary depending on the part of […]

Princess Bride Wine? As You Wish!

It has been 25 years since The Princess Bride graced the silver screen, but the characters (and quotes!) are truly timeless. In honor of this cult classic, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is releasing a line of wine called “The Bottle of Wits” with two varietals. (You know the scene, Wesley rescues Princess Buttercup from Vizzini by […]

The Best 3-Ingredient Tomato Sauce

I’m what you’d call a tomato purist. Yep, you know the type: picking tomatoes off salads three quarters of the year, throwing expletives when restaurants dare use mealy, tomatoes in the summer, then eating my weight in caprese salads and tomato tarts and roasted tomatoes and BLTs (heavy on the Ts) all August long. And […]

Hakurei Turnips

It’s not often you hear people waxing rhapsodic over turnips, but these snow white little globes are so crisp and sweet you too will be singing their praises.  I was introduced to the Japanese Hakurei by chef Dan Barber who serves these beauties with just a sprinkling of salt when you sit down to dinner […]

Crab Feast Food Fight: Maryland vs. Louisiana

I grew up in Maryland. My husband-to-be hails from Louisiana. Though our hometowns were quite different, one thing unites both states: seafood. We both grew up digging into hard-shell crabs on tables spread with butcher paper, learning as young tykes how to extract as much meat as possible from each one. But that’s where the […]

Adventures in State Fair Eating, or The Making of On a Stick!

I should have listened a bit more closely to the stern warnings of almost every person I know who has written a book. “It’s more work than you think it can be.” “You’ll gain 10 pounds.” “You’ll miss your regular life.” OK, alright, I admit that these are mostly from one end of the author spectrum […]

Celebrate Birthdays with Cake Pops

We were thrilled when Cooking Channel asked us to bake up a batch of cake pops in celebration of their birthday. At our bakery, Stick&Pop, we specialize in the bite-size treats.  We focus on flavor — playing around with different cakes, binders, and toppings to create memorable treats.  We wanted to share our top tips […]

Easter Egg Decorating 101

Other than the Easter feast, decorating eggs with my sister each year is one of my favorite things about this springtime holiday. Sure, some might say we’re “too old,” but I say we’re just perfecting our craft.  If you’re new to it, here are the basics, plus some ways to get creative.

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