What are your “Keys to the Kitchen”?

I’m lucky. I got to ask Aida this question up close and personal. If you don’t know her name, you should. Aida Mollenkamp is California-based food expert, TV host, writer, and culinary curator. She studied at the Cornell Hotel School (like me!) and Le Cordon Bleu Paris before joining CHOW.com where she worked behind the scenes as Food Editor. Eventually, she moved ...

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McGnaw the Gluten-free Beaver on Colbert

My husband has been watching The Colbert Report ever since its inception. Stephen Colbert plays a ‘right-wing journalist’ with his own flair for reporting the weekly news. Imagine my surprise when The Colbert Report came up in a Google search because of a Thought for Food bit they did on Wheat Addiction. Wheat is parodied as ‘a substance we are all ...

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Rachel Lu Muffins: Truly Homemade

Heading back to school means one thing when you are on a restricted diet: stock up on all your favorites which you can’t find at school. This break I didn’t do much shopping or searching for new products, instead I ate less process foods and stayed away from sandwiches. This resulted in me feeling much better.

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Kale and Beef in Chestnut Sauce

Wanna hear something funny? When I first started my blog, I intended it to be an even mix of meals, breads, soups, desserts, etc. that mirrored how we eat. When I re-did my recipe index, I realized that notion bit the dust a few years back, and surprise, surprise, it seems like my blog is brought to you by the letter C ...

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Homemade Mexican Chorizo

Cha cha cha chorizo! Sorry, that sounded like a good idea at the time. Like a chorizo party. I can’t say that I’ve had Mexican Chorizo often, I just know that when I do have it, it’s quite a tasty treat. Also, it’s a fun word to say (noted, above). It just sounds so zesty and authentic. Truth be told, ...

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Creamy Tarragon Chicken Recipe

When you are looking for an elegant dish that you can serve to both adults and kids, try this one. The recipe is courtesy of Aida Mollenkamp from her book “Keys to the Kitchen” (see the interview and blog post here).  I made it for Christmas Dinner this past holiday and everyone raved. Now, if you notice, the recipe is far ...

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Sex and the Celiac: Dating Tips for the Gluten-Free


When you have celiac disease or another gluten-related disorder, dating can be fairly tricky. With so much focus on restaurant outings, movie theater snacks and the post-date kiss, people with a gluten-related disorder have a lot more to think about than just finding the perfect outfit. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) shares these 5 tips for navigating the ...

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