Salt makes everything taste like a better version of itself—whether it’s a filet, pizza, steamed broccoli, or even a salad. A sprinkling of salt will transform your food. But there are so many types of salt so it’s important to know the difference, and when to use each.
Kirstin Jackson taught me a quick way to not only make my own fromage blanc (a fresh, white cheese from France), but also two fun ways to dress it up—one savory (with herbs and olive oil), one sweet (with cardamom, honey, and cookies!).
Today, Kirstin is answering your most burning cheese questions. Next week, we’re going to teach you how to make an easy cheese at home, and finally, we’re going to…..well, actually, we’re going to keep that part a surprise. But trust me—it’s going to be gouda.
As we reflect on 2018 and list our ideas to better ourselves in 2019, I offer this: A New Year is a perfect time to make these big plans—I’ve always loved annual goal setting and the satisfaction of reviewing last year’s achievements—but our daily choices (even if we make them in July) have so much more power than a long list or vision board we peek at once a month.
I’ve always wanted to be Oprah (for many, obvious, more important reasons). But how fun would it be to gift your tribe with ALL your favorite things?! As much as I love you, it’s just not in the budget this year (stick with me though, people). So in lieu, I’ll share my secret sources and favorite products—for gifts and stocking stuffers—that light me up on a daily basis.
Don’t try to make your own clay cup, or smash your favorite mug today. But make some homemade chai and try, even if for five minutes, to ease your mind into the present moment. Sipping hot, homemade chai tea. Doesn’t that feel good?
Earlier this year I as playing with maca and found this great recipe for Coconut Cream Maca Energy Bars (right on the back of the Trader Joe’s bag!). I already know what your first question is—What the %^&* is maca?! Was she trying to spell matcha?!
Christina told me so many of her clients say “I suck at cooking.”, “I’m a horrible cook.”, “I don’t even know where to start.” I was so excited to sit down with her because there are so many easy remedies for this, and I got to gush about them for almost a whole HOUR.
I LOVE watermelon. And when it’s so hot outside, it’s the most refreshing treat. Whole watermelons are typically crispier than their pre-cut counterparts, but I’m not often able to eat the whole thing before it goes bad. Cue: frozen watermelon.
Several months ago, I hosted a Facebook Live segment highlighting five of my must-have kitchen tools. What I love most about this list? I laugh thinking about myself navigating my little kitchen without these things. Like, what was I thinking!?
Use high quality, organic corn (the juiciest stuff always comes from your local farmer’s market!) and have fun jazzing it up with some of my garnish ideas below. The soup can be served hot or cold, and with pieces of a rotisserie chicken on top, makes a perfect little dinner.
During one of our favorite dinners, we were served a side of coconut jicama slaw. Light and crunchy, it was dressed with just lime juice and fish sauce. I had about four sizeable servings before I realized it wouldn’t be that hard to make at home. So, here you have it!
When I was little, frozen lemonade was the house slumber party cocktail. Kind of like a frozen margarita, but instead of lime and tequila it’s lemon and strawberry. Even when you’re 8, sipping a mocktail out of a fancy glass just feels grown up.
One of the most common cooking questions I receive? How do I properly chop an onion, garlic, a tomato, or a bell pepper? How you slice and dice actually affects how your food tastes. So here's a little bell pepper chopping 101 (a trick I learned from my days at Le Cordon Bleu Paris)
I won’t describe this little dessert as “GF, DF, and no refined sugar” (even though it’s true) because this creamy mint coffee popsicle certainly doesn't taste like it. And with just two whirls of a blender, the recipe couldn’t be simpler.
They’re just on their way out of the season, so head to the grocery store and grab as many as you can (I had to have my local Whole Foods dig around in the back). Toss together a jar of pickled kumquats then slice for salads, grain bowls, seafood, or even a festive cheese platter.
With the Superbowl looming, I’m already thinking about party food. But not baby carrots and store bought hummus with a thousand ingredients. Something that feels homemade. That oozes love because it’s so tasty, so satisfying, and so full of real good stuff.
Drumroll please….announcing YOUR top five most beloved Food La La recipes of 2017! (If you haven't made any of these recipes yet, resolve to get a little uncomfortable in the kitchen and try something new.
Most of us open Champagne just a few celebratory times a year, but my macaron classes feature bottomless bubbles so I get in some solid bottle-poppin’ practice. Here’s the trick to gently easing the cork out so it doesn’t hit a dear friend . . .
I recently found these at the grocery store and was intrigued. I tried one when I got in my car, another once my seatbelt was on, another at the first red light, another once I made it up my stairs, and about five more after they had chilled in the freezer. Verdict?
Wrap this toffee up in cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon and a piece of holly (or snip a branch off your Christmas tree!). I love the festivity and crunch of the crushed candy cane, but you can substitute crushed pistachios, almonds or even toasted coconut if you prefer.