ALLANA MORTELL

Thu, 08/04/2016
By Allana Mortell
An easy, refreshing and flavor-packed pasta salad perfect for summer picnics!
If I could eat pasta every day, I would. It's hands down my favorite food group. However, there's a big difference between enjoying a bowl of warm and comforting pasta in the winter versus a bowl...Read more
Tue, 07/05/2016
By Allana Mortell
This salad is packed with so much flavor - you'll have it on repeat all summer along!
Have you guys ever cooked with Sorghum? It's a gluten-free ancient grain that is reminiscent of couscous and it is de-licious! I'm almost kicking myself for not trying this sooner. In the hot summer m...Read more
Fri, 06/03/2016
By Allana Mortell
Herb-marinated shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and grilled to perfection is the ultimate summer meal!
Once the warm weather hits, I'm all about that grill life. In my opinion, just about everything tastes better on the grill: chicken, burgers, fruit, corn, vegetables, bread...the list goes on and on. ...Read more
Fri, 05/06/2016
By Allana Mortell
Does it get any better than a spiced carrot cake with a dreamy, ginger-infused cream cheese frosting?
I learned how to cook from my amazing mother. She taught me everything I know, from making fresh pasta dough to the importance of seasoning and of course, how to eat very well. Whenever...Read more
Thu, 03/31/2016
By Allana Mortell
Simple, fresh & healthy, these Cilantro Shrimp Tacos definitely fit the bill.
When you're searching for an easy recipe that's healthy yet full of flavor, you really can't go wrong with shrimp. Pan-fried, roasted, broiled or grilled, shrimp are a great vehicle for a number of cu...Read more
Thu, 03/03/2016
By Allana Mortell
If you haven't tried baking with lemongrass, this Lemongrass Biscotti recipe will make you a believer!
I have a confession: I've never used lemongrass in the kitchen before this recipe. And yes, I am kicking myself. You find lemongrass in all sorts of recipes, especially Asian cuisine. Its&nb...Read more
Fri, 02/05/2016
By Allana Mortell
The easiest weeknight dinner just got an upgrade with our Italian Herb Stir-In Paste!
Spaghetti Carbonara is an Italian classic. Everyone loves it and everyone has their own interpretation. In researching this recipe, I found some very passionate foodies discussing the proper...Read more
Mon, 01/11/2016
By Allana Mortell
Lemony, bright & full of flavor, this satisfying risotto is perfect for warming up this winter!
I truly can't get enough risotto. I've made it so many times, I'm scared to do the math. In the winter, it's the perfect comfort food. Come spring and summer, it's the foundation for highlighting...Read more
Fri, 12/04/2015
By Allana Mortell
My favorite fall veggies roasted with warm spices topped with crunchy pomegranate seeds.
Brussels Sprouts are a controversial veggie and have been for quite some time. While I never ate them boiled or steamed as a kid, these days I can't get enough of them roasted until they're crispy and...Read more
Tue, 11/03/2015
By Allana Mortell
Full of Pumpkin flavor and loaded with Lightly Dried Ginger, this fall Cheesecake recipe can't be beat.
It's November, so naturally I've been dreaming in pumpkin. From lattes to chili, muffins, butters, ice cream and more, pumpkin is something I can't shake come fall. I buy it in bulk at the grocery sto...Read more
Tue, 10/06/2015
By Allana Mortell
Thai Seasoning adds a unique punch of flavor to these simple tacos.
Do you ever taste something so spectacular, so full of flavor and so much better than you ever expected that all you want to do is shout from the rooftops?! This Thai Steak Pita Taco is one of those t...Read more
Tue, 09/01/2015
By Allana Mortell
Cilantro in a cocktail? This one's a keeper!
Cilantro is an extremely controversial herb. Some people love it, swear by it and never make tacos without it. Others can't stand it and they'll be the ones at the table picking it out of their f...Read more
Tue, 07/21/2015
By Allana Mortell
Grilled Salmon gets an upgrade with the most delectable Lemon & Dill Sauce.
I've spent the majority of my summer evenings grilling on our patio. I love everything about it - the smells, the sounds and the flavors. I find grilling to be strangely relaxing. After a long day at ...Read more
Thu, 06/25/2015
By Allana Mortell
An easy & flavorful potato salad recipe you'll be making all summer long!
Potato salads are tricky. Not necessarily because of the ingredient list but because they're such a summer staple it's almost difficult to impress people with a new spud recipe. You see pota...Read more
Wed, 05/27/2015
By Allana Mortell
Fire up the grill for a unique and flavorful summertime crostini.
There’s nothing I love more than grill season. Mostly because I enjoy grilling everything in sight, from veggies to fruit to protein and seafood. I love the flavor that food develops after a few minut...Read more
Thu, 04/30/2015
By Allana Mortell
Simple to make and bursting with flavor, these Zoodles are perfect for Mom's special day!
As kids, we spent Mothers Day treating Mom to breakfast in bed. French toast, a fruit bowl, crispy bacon and a steaming cup of coffee was all she needed to kick start her day. Mothers Day, however you...Read more
Thu, 04/02/2015
By Allana Mortell
Comfort food at its finest!
Each week when Friday (finally) rolls around, I find myself anxious and excited to prepare a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of my own kitchen. There’s nothing quite like winding down with a gl...Read more
Thu, 03/05/2015
By Allana Mortell
Hearty and nutritious, this sweet potato hash isn't just limited to breakfast!
When I was growing up, eggs were not my thing. Didn’t like them fried, scrambled, over-easy or poached: you name it, I wasn’t a fan. I was quite the picky child and my breakfast usually consisted of C...Read more
Thu, 03/05/2015
By Allana Mortell
Our resident blogger Allana shares her experience of our recent photo shoot and learning the ins and outs of food styling.
As a food writer and blogger, I tend to think of myself as having a way with words. Photography? That’s a whole new set of skills in a new arena I know next to nothing about. Sure, I’m skilled in VSCO...Read more
Fri, 12/12/2014
By Allana Mortell
Best-ever spiced holiday dessert!
I remember the first whoopie pie I ever made. After reading up on what exactly a whoopie pie consists of (it’s the best kind of cross between a slice of cake in cookie form), I knew I wanted to try co...Read more
Mon, 05/05/2014
By Allana Mortell
I love a good, juicy steak. If I were speaking to my eleven year-old self, I’d remind her how important it is to finish her plate of meat (because it is, after all, a good source of protein). Now, as ...Read more
Thu, 01/30/2014
By Allana Mortell
For work, one of my daily tasks entails browsing through hundreds of photos of ….. tacos. Yes, tacos. Cheesy, meaty, juicy goodness spilling out the sides of crunchy taco shells. So, it’s safe to say ...Read more
Tue, 12/31/2013
By Allana Mortell
There aren’t many things I love more than pasta. I believe in the power of buttered noodles, I know San Marzano tomatoes reign supreme and that spaghetti was made for basil pesto and of course, I beli...Read more
Thu, 12/12/2013
By Allana Mortell
You know it’s fall when you begin to see your Pinterest boards, Facebook walls and grocery stores explode with butternut squash. The pre-cut orange cubes and whole squash are practically everywhere an...Read more
Thu, 11/07/2013
By Allana Mortell
As a child, I was a very picky eater. I’m talking plain noodles and McDonalds hamburgers kind of picky. I was never fond of fruits or veggies, but lets be honest, how many kids really are? Brussels sp...Read more
Fri, 09/27/2013
By Allana Mortell
Confession : I’m 25 years old, I love food and up until three weeks ago, I had never heard of garlic scapes. I was reading a Bon Appetit magazine I had lying around and stumbled upon a recipe for garl...Read more
Fri, 09/27/2013
By Allana Mortell
I don’t know about your house, but at mine nothing goes faster than baked marinara. This appetizer (or entree, if you’re really hungry) has been a staple and a favorite for as long as I can remember a...Read more
Wed, 08/28/2013
By Allana Mortell
For the past three years, late August has been particularly nostalgic. As college kiddo’s everywhere head back to their various alma maters, my heart aches for the familiar experience : decorating dor...Read more
Tue, 08/06/2013
By Allana Mortell
I've been looking forward to Friday all week. I had a small taste of it on Wednesday when I indulged in some happy hour activities, but then suddenly it was Thursday, my head was pounding at my desk a...Read more
Tue, 07/16/2013
By Allana Mortell
My father is a 6'3 monster of a man who, if given the choice, would love off the double-stack cheeseburgers, greasy fries and large chocolate malts for the rest of his life. The man love food thankful...Read more
Fri, 06/28/2013
By Allana Mortell
When I was in high school, my family, friends and I started a tradition of celebrating the "3rd of July," rather than the 4th. I'm not sure what prompted our rebellious holiday, but I do know that it'...Read more