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Jammin’ with Lettuce

You know something’s up when you return home from a few days out of town happy to see a crisper full of … wilted lettuce. But that’s just what happened this week when I opened the fridge to inspect the state of affairs inside. Great, I thought, I can make more Lettuce Jam! That’s a humble, […]

Immunity-Boosting Borscht

Quick, name a Russian dish. Bet borscht is the first thing that comes to mind. It’s practically a national dish in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. Traditionally, this simple soup, also called borsch, starring beets (with a whole lotta other vegetables as supporting players) is made with beef or chicken stock and garnished with a dollop […]

Plan Ahead for Fast Meals

  You know that advice you always hear to cook a big batch of whole grains early in the week for healthy, fast meals later on? Well, it pays off. This salad — borne out of desperation, preparedness and luck — is proof. I needed to throw together a quick lunch to take out the […]

Dark Chocolate-Ancho Chile Cake

This recipe started with a tub of leftover sour cream in the fridge and a yen for something with dark chocolate. Come fall, I crave the flavors of Mexican chocolate, with its notes of ancho chile and almond. The sour cream was a just a nice bonus that adds richness to the cake. The recipe […]

Vegan Cheese, Part Two

I’ve said it before: I’m not vegan,  I’m not into raw food and the Paleo Diet isn’t for me. But I am into flavor, and I’ve been a big vegan cheese kick ever since I discovered how easy it is to make. As with anything you make a lot, the process evolves over time. This […]

A Hatch Chile Makes Great Content Strategy

Recently, while trolling the cheese counter at Whole Foods, I spied a display of Cheddar cheese flecked with Hatch chiles. “Must have ….” I thought. Kinda like Homer Simpson murmuring, “Donut …” Of course, I bought some. Then I realized my Pavlovian response was the result of ace content marketing. If you don’t happen to […]

Wedding China Philosophy

Around the new year, after weeks of toying with the idea of getting some new dishware to replace the mismatched hodge-podge we’d ended up with over the years years, I thought, Heck, let’s pull our wedding china into everyday rotation. And so I did. Now, every time I pull a dish out of the cupboard […]

Murder Scene? Nah, Just Plum Compote

I glanced down at the cutting board and it looked like a crime scene out of Dexter. My hands were covered with red, the knife was stained. It looked … incriminating. But it was all very innocent — really! I was just doing what cooks everywhere do this time of year, sitting on a boatload […]

Like Using the Internet? Sign This Petition!

  “Net Neutrality” is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014 I don’t know about you, Sen. Cruz, but access to the Internet is pretty crucial to my everyday life. Sure, I use it for fun stuff, like downloading books, […]

5 Best Instagram Feeds for Foodies

When I’m standing in line, sitting in a waiting room or otherwise have a few minutes to spare, like most of us, I turn to my smartphone to check in with my social media feeds. And I often end up scrolling through Instagram, enjoying the seemingly casual, behind-the-scenes connection that comes with it (vs. the […]

Remodeling a Kitchen for More Cooking Fun

Our old refrigerator died a couple of weeks before Christmas. I was out of town at the time, so my husband had to manage the crisis, which he did with aplomb. “You know we’ll end up redoing the whole kitchen because of this,” I warned him. He wasn’t surprised. I’d been complaining about our kitchen […]

How to Remodel a Kitchen in 9 Days

We recently had our kitchen remodeled and it took a mere nine days. How? I’ve had two kitchens remodeled. The first one took a couple of months, but it was a very different project to this one. Here’s what I’ve learned about how to remodel a kitchen in a hurry. Live with the old kitchen […]

A Cocktail Alternative for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo celebrations certainly bring out the tequila cocktails, and among them, the margarita reigns supreme. Well, come this Cinco de Mayo, meet the margarita’s humbler, lesser known sister: the Paloma. It’s a simpler, more streamlined cocktail that’s just tequila and grapefruit juice with a touch of lime juice and agave nectar. But it’s […]

A Better Banana Bread

I picked up some bananas for a staff snack during a photo shoot the other week. And as I grabbed a bunch at the store, I thought, “Well, if these aren’t eaten, I know where they’ll go.” In fact, I counted on them being ignored so they could ripen over the next few days and […]

Adventures with Vegan Cheese

A few years ago, I wrote a story about the benefits of a vegan diet. I interviewed Neil Barnard, M.D., founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and considered by many to be the “peaceful warrior” of the vegan movement. “So what’s keeping you from going vegan?” he asked. “I love cheese,” I admitted. […]

Vegan Baking Grows Up

I’m not vegan, but I’ve been on a bit of vegan kick lately. There are plenty of health, animal welfare and environmental reasons to adopt a plant-based diet. But my current interest is really more culinary than ethical. I’m seeing a whole lot of great vegan fare on restaurant menus — and often served alongside […]

Mango Salsa

Mango isn’t my all-time favorite fruit, but I do enjoy it in savory dishes, like this spicy-sweet salsa. Prepare this mango salsa at least a few hours ahead and refrigerate so the flavors have a chance to develop. The heat intensifies over time, which I think just makes it better. It’s great with grilled fish […]

Playing with Stop-Motion Video on Vine

So, Content Kitchen got an unusual request: Produce Vine video concepts for a client. Now, with Vine, you’ve got a mere six seconds to tell your story. That’s a challenge, but so is the social platform — Vine is best known for jackass stunts performed by teen-age boys. Fun stuff, though not exactly a perfect […]

Content Kitchen is Out of the Oven

Content Kitchen is now live and serving up tasty content strategy.With heartfelt special thanks to: Goldfinger Consulting (website design) Fuze Branding (logo and brand package)

The CK Content Philosophy

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Great Content Starts with Your Audience I love this quote, because Edward Tufte is a Yale statistician whose work is all about numbers — he pioneered the science of visualizing data — yet he never forgets that each number represents a person. Great content is created for people, not eyeballs. Effective content marketing hits the […]

3 cookbooks, 3 ways to cook

Between the holidays that just passed and everyone’s renewed enthusiasm to cook and eat right in the new year, people probably do more cooking now than any other time of year. So, for inspiration, here are three, now-classic cookbooks, each with a distinct point of view. Are all three for everyone? That depends on how […]

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