congrats to Gluten-Free Girl

Chili-lime stir-fry

It’s not often I brag on my blog about stuff like this, but I prefer to think of it as a congratulations. The James Beard Awards are coming up in May, and one of the books I published last year is a finalist — Gluten-Free Girl Every Day. What makes it extra special for me is that publishing the book felt like Continue reading

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behind the scenes with Ellie Krieger and a giveaway

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Note: This drawing is now closed. A lot of the work I do is solo. I sit at my desk typing emails, editing manuscripts, reviewing layouts, and more. It suits well my introverted side. The photo shoots I art direct are entirely different. On set things are sometimes loud, occasionally stressful, always very creative, and most of all, it’s a team effort. The photo shoot for Ellie Krieger’s amazing new book, Weeknight Wonders, was no exception. Continue reading

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bourbon-bacon macaroons


There are few things I’ve made in my life which have generated quite as much interest in such a short time as these. It started out simple. My friend Catherine, co-founder of Luca & Bosco (omg, try their ice cream immediately), was having a bacon-themed holiday party. I was going to make a pork adobo with bacon, but then Continue reading

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cheese ball time

cheese balls

Talking about the photo shoot for Great Balls of Cheese wasn’t enough. I had to try my hand at making some at home. Of course my decorating skills aren’t very impressive, so I went with one of the more “traditional” balls. But what it may lack in prettiness, it more than made up for in flavor. Continue reading

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cheese balls forever — and a giveaway

Great Balls of Cheese

Note: This drawing is now closed. I’m so excited about all of the new Fall cookbooks! Here is one that I’m really loving, because I clearly remember the day when I met author Michelle Buffardi, and she was telling me about her passion for cheese balls. Fast forward about two years later, and Great Balls of Cheese is a real book, in stores everywhere! Continue reading

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