Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away! As grocery stores start making room for all your favorite holiday ingredients, it's time for me to share some tips on how you can make your tastiest turkey yet!
November is here and you know what that means. It's officially holiday season! We have a little over 3 weeks to get ready for Thanksgiving. Turkeys are traditionally the star at the Thanksgiving table. However, if you want to replace it with a new dish this year, you've got to try my recipe for pomegranate-glazed cornish games hens with wild rice and chestnut stuffing.
This week, I'm featuring Abbey's Brown Butter Scallops served with a Strawberry Balsamic Sauce and topped with a Strawberry Mint Salsa. The combination of strawberry and scallops in one dish is super impressive. Way to go, Abbey!
As temperatures drop, there's no better way to spend a Friday night than breaking bread with your friends and family. Delicious food and great company are the back bone of a great dinner party. However, I know throwing one can be intimidating if you've never done it before. I'm here to give you tips on how to throw a dinner party with amazing food!
At 15 years old, I was unsure about many things. I was trying to figure out my sense of fashion, navigate high school and work on my self confidence. The only thing I was sure of was that I wanted to become a chef and open a restaurant.
In case you missed it, National Taco Day was last friday on Oct 4th. What better way to celebrate than to get in the kitchen and cook up some tasty tacos! Like many of you, I'm obsessed with tacos. I could eat them every single day and live a very happy life. Soft tortilla, crunchy tortilla, fish taco, chicken taco...I love them all!
How beautiful does this dish look! While I wish I could claim this as my own creation, this Duck Confit Tortellini was conceived by Marco Bonilla, a current student at The Culinary Institute of America. He's pursuing his associate degree in culinary arts at CIA's New York campus.
It's the special time of year when Jewish families all over the world are gathering to celebrate the New Year. If you've ever hosted Rosh Hashanah, then you know how exciting it is to have your loved ones with you to celebrate. However, you also know that no Rosh Hashanah is complete without Challah Bread.
I've been cooking ever since I was a little girl. Sharing the kitchen with my parents and grandparents are some of my earliest memories. However, going to The Culinary Institute of America truly refined my knowledge of food, cooking and what it means to be a chef.
I love a good kitchen gadget. They're convenient and fun to use. It's so tempting to go out and buy kitchen tools that you've seen on instagram or on a late night infomercial. I'll let you in on a secret, you don't need all those gadgets.
Even though I work in restaurants all day, I pay close attention to what kinds of food I bring into my home. As a chef, I see food as art. A canvas to explore flavors and textures. However, many people don't know that I have a degree in exercise physiology with a minor in biology and nutrition. I know that food is fuel for our bodies. What we eat has a major impact on our energy levels and overall health. That's why I do my best to keep my fridge stocked with organic and natural foods.
Happy Labor Day! I teamed up with WW a few months ago to share tips and recipes on how to make healthy and delicious meals. It's important to remember that you don't have to sacrifice flavor for a healthy lifestyle. The recipes I'm sharing below are super tasty and packed with nutritious foods!
Between checking on my restaurants, doing nationwide promo for Family Food Fight and going on family vacations, I've racked up my fair share of frequent flier miles this summer. There's a certain rhythm to traveling and I want to share a few tips to help you find your groove!
Over the past two months, I’ve had the privilege to judge some of the greatest culinary families in the country on ABC’s Family Food Fight. Week after week, we’ve watched them make delicious recipes they have perfected over generations. From the Lee Family’s Sweet and Sour Prawns to the Livanos Family’s Pasta Con Le Sarde, getting to taste homemade cuisines from different cultures was one of my favorite parts of judging.
I love watching movies. On rainy days when I don’t feel like making the trek to the theatre, we pop a movie on our TV and recreate the theatre experience in our own home. Popcorn, a popcorn maker and a few cozy blankets will do wonders to transform your night in to an official movie night. If you have a popcorn bucket, like the striped one below, it’ll be just like you’re at an AMC.
Summer is not over yet! Which means there’s still time to invite some friends over, splash in the pool and fire up the grill! I grew up using a grill, but I know it can be intimidating if you’ve never used it before. I’m going to share one of my go-to grilling recipes and a few tips to make you feel like a pro!
The sun, the sand, the waves. Nothing beats the beauty of the beach. It will trick you into thinking you just need to show up and lay out. However, if you want to maximize your beach day there are some essentials we should go over.
I’m a chef. I can talk to you for hours about how to reduce a sauce to maximize its flavor or how to grill the perfect steak. Making delicious and nutritious food is my passion. However, there’s another great way to use food. Instead of putting it in your body, you should put it on your body.
I am ecstatic that our first of its kind Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages three through teens has launched. The Little Kitchen Academy has a concept and vision that holds true to my goals for our kids’ future with food and healthy living.
Early Summer is one of my favorite times to shop at the Farmers Market. Stone fruits and strawberries are in season and nothing screams summer more to me than those fruits. This week, I am sharing some of my #ProTips on what to look for at the Farmers Market and how to best enjoy these seasonable favorites at home…just like the Chefs do!
June is here and I am excited to celebrate my love, my life, everyone in the LGBTQ community and the milestones of change we celebrate during Pride Month. Over the years, I have seen the people in my life and across the globe become more inclusive and tolerant. No matter who you love, how you look or what you believe - we should all be able to live in a world full of love and without judgement or shame.
Spring is here all across the country and that means Farmers Markets will be popping up in everyone’s city and town. I am fortunate to live in California where farmers markets are accessible year-round but I never take for granted our access to fresh, a variety of in-season and local produce. Not only does it taste better when cooking and eating, it also has the fullest nutritional value. Did you also know you’re contributing to your local economy when you purchase from your local farmers markets? Farmers Markets return more than three times as much of their sales to the local economy compared to chain stores.
April is Earth Month, I am highlighting some simple things our family has incorporated into our daily routine. There are many ways we can each do our part to protect the environment. Recycling, reducing plastic consumption and planting trees are all low in effort and high in impact. Below are eco-friendly products that have helped my family reduce our plastic consumption.
April is one of our favorite months because we get to celebrate - A LOT! We have three Birthdays and one Wedding Anniversary to celebrate all in one month. As a mom, there is nothing more exciting (and rewarding) than seeing your kids grow up and celebrate their accomplishments made in the past year. I am lucky enough to share my birthday month with two of my sons; Thatcher and Caje. We celebrate each of them on their Birthday and then have a big celebration with family and friends for the 3 of us.
I am counting down the days to my 52nd Birthday with a Wellness Challenge. Every day, I am exercising, staying active and sharing it all with you. Everything from quick runs near the house, to answering emails on the elliptical and even treating myself to a SoulCycle class. I LOVE hearing what all of you are doing on social media as well! It really helps me stay motivated and focused.
I am so excited to “Get Moving” again! In February, I went in for my yearly mammogram and this time around things got a little lumpy. After surgery and a successful recovery, I got the green like to exercise. Being active is so important for your physical and mental health – I feel like myself again! I am also counting down to my birthday and getting back in to my daily exercise routines, I’m coming for you April!
We are getting so excited for Spring Break! We look forward to the tropical destination as much as we do unwinding and spending quality time with our boys - making memories we will cherish forever. As I start to pack our bags for our upcoming vacation, I wanted to share my vacation must-haves with you!
I am a strong believer in setting healthy intentions for myself and my family. Whether it’s a quick breakfast on the way to school or a sit-down meal as a family, our goal is to get good-for-you foods into every meal and get the kids involved all while keeping things manageable and, of course, fun for everyone. This month is National Nutrition Month and I am excited to be partnering with Aramark to share more on my favorite health hacks for keeping your family’s eating habits on track.
When we are on the go as much as we are, there’s nothing we love more than a relaxing night in with family and friends. We love having game night with our boys or hosting a casual night at home with friends. We all know the games are so much fun but the food and drinks will always be the main event! Today, I am sharing my family’s game night essentials with you.
It’s Grammy month and I'm inspired to celebrate my wife. She has garnered a Grammy, multiple MTV Moon Men, International Awards and an Emmy as a creative producer for her work. Here are some of the women she has worked with and supported on their journey.
Being a mother of six and constantly on-the-go, incorporating fruits and veggies into my boy’s diet has become an everyday norm. I am excited to share some tips in getting your kids to LOVE fruits and veggies.
Living a healthy life has been at my core for as long as I can remember. I am thrilled to have created a platform for healthy cuisine and have the ability to bring that to fans through my cookbooks, restaurants, and shows, as well as into my own life with my family!