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12 December, 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
5 May, 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
30 January, 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
31 December, 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
12 December, 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
7 November, 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
27 September, 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
27 September, 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
28 August, 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
6 August, 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
16 July, 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
28 June, 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
3 June, 2013
By Allana Mortell
This year, my family and I half-cheated Mother's Day. There was no bloody-mary-fueled brunch at our local diner, no heart-shaped pancakes or freshly-squeezed OJ in bed, but wait - we did have flowers!...Read more
28 December, 2012
By Allana Mortell
Those who cook regularly with herbs and spices know the difference when you use fresh herbs instead of dried herbs. Those of us who don't use them regularly, know we want to use fresh more often, but ...Read more
28 December, 2012
By Allana Mortell
This past December we launched our first promotion of our newly created Insider's Guide to Cooking with Herbs and Spices,a cookbook with 40 recipes. It debuted in Raley's, Nobhill and Bel-Air markets ...Read more