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Eating Lunch “at Desko”

Aug 31st, 2014 | By | Category: LIVE

There are all kinds of reasons why packing your lunch is a good idea: it’s cheaper than eating out, you can control calories and ingredients, and the menu choices are limited only to your imagination and personal pantry stock—not the same old cafeteria or restaurant menus. Before I owned a restaurant (and made a living [...]

Pucker Up!: Lemons Can Brighten Any Dish

May 30th, 2014 | By | Category: LIVE

When life gives you lemons…consider yourself lucky! Thinking about lemons and all of their uses in the kitchen makes me think that they are as vital an ingredient as salt and pepper. Lemons are an irreplaceable ingredient in both sweet and savory cooking, but also can be used as a natural preservative, disinfectant, deodorizer, stain [...]

Strawberry Season: Looking Forward to a Rite of Spring

Feb 28th, 2014 | By | Category: LIVE

Each year after a long chilly winter, we cherish the arrival of spring fruits and vegetables. The first tip of asparagus to break ground, a pea tendril curling around its support, bright white strawberry blossoms ready to turn into juicy red fruits all signal the arrival of spring. One of my favorite rites of spring [...]


Nov 14th, 2013 | By | Category: LIVE

A few years ago I attended a food show with my friend and co-worker Jennifer Porter. The food shows we attended were huge, but there was always one ‘hot’ product—the item of the year. That year, it seemed that every third booth was a salt vendor hawking salt in every color from every region of [...]

Comfort Food Goes Luxe

Sep 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: LIVE

As the weather turns cooler, our minds turn to comfort foods: hot, cheesy, feel-good foods. When we think of comfort foods, it usually includes a smell, doesn’t it? Meat roasting, cheese browning. Interestingly, your idea of what’s comfort food may depend on where you grew up and where your ancestors were from. Some of us [...]

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!: Refreshing ‘No-Cook’ Summer Meals

May 30th, 2013 | By | Category: LIVE

During the hottest summer days, even toasting a slice of bread seems to make the kitchen hotter. During the dog days of summer, I do everything I can to avoid extra heat, especially when it comes to mealtime. Purchasing prepared food is an obvious answer: picking up fried chicken from your favorite roadside shop is [...]

Spring Soup

Feb 28th, 2013 | By | Category: LIVE

Sitting by a cozy fire, curled up with a book and a nice hot bowl of soup? No way! Winter doesn’t get all the credit for this delicious and easy culinary delight. Soups are meant to be enjoyed year-round. If you think of soup as a light, refreshing meal that can be served warm, cold [...]

Biggest Recipe Box Ever: Discerning Delicious Recipes from Cyberspace

Nov 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Culinary Corner

The Internet is a great place; anyone can set up a site or a blog, and write whatever they think—it’s the ultimate example of freedom of speech! There are too many sites about food to count; it seems that a new one pops up every hour. And with reposts on sites like Pinterest, the availability [...]

Flavors of Fall: Sensational Squash

Aug 31st, 2012 | By | Category: LIVE

Beneath its hard, unforgiving exterior, winter squash offers a sweet delicious treat worth the preparatory efforts—on its own or combined with other fall flavors. Harvested in the fall, winter squash varieties include butternut and acorn squash (which are typically available year-round), as well as kabocha, Delicata, hubbard and other types that are a little more out [...]

A Fresh Take on Southern Classics

May 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Culinary Corner

I’ve had a long, slow introduction to Southern cooking—from my first trips to the South on summer vacations as a child, to my current “research” in restaurants and cookbooks about Southern cooking. I can vividly remember my first taste of spoonbread as a Midwestern preteen visiting a restaurant in North Carolina. My sisters and I [...]