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“Moving” Molasses Cookies

5 Comments | Written on September 24, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

I have some exciting news to share with all of you!  

After 12 years of living in Los Angeles, I am packing up my house (along with “The Daily Dish” kitchen!) and moving to New York City!!

I am so excited, I can hardly contain myself!  (My shipping boxes can hardly contain themselves either – but that’s another story…)

Needless to say, going from a house in Los Angeles to a studio apartment in The Big Apple, I am going to need to downsize.  Over the years of cooking and blogging I have accumulated quite a bit of equipment and food styling props.  I decided to have a little fun and give away these items to some fellow foodies!

Keep reading for the rest of the story…

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Favorite S’Mores Recipes

2 Comments | Written on August 17, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Last night, I had way too much fun with fondant.  If you love watching any of the cake decorating shows like “Ace of Cakes” then this is a television dream come true!  Imagine all the tools at your fingertips and free reign to express your cake creativity.

Right here in LA is “Duff’s Cake Mix” a bakery and DIY studio space where kids and adults can gather to decorate cakes like the pros.  This was my creation for the evening – it’s a giant toasted marshmallow on-a-stick!   It makes sense when you know the cake inside is s’mores flavored.

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Blogger Conferences, Workshops, Retreats and Events 2013-2014

3 Comments | Written on July 30, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Here at Better Recipes, we are trying to assemble a comprehensive list of blogger conferences, workshops, retreats and events for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014.  Please help us by leaving a comment below!

-What should we add to this list?

-What is your “don’t miss” conference of the year?  

-Are you hosting a conference?  Email us – We’d love to chat about it!  Kristina {dot} Vanni {at} Meredith {dot} com

This list will be updated and revised as new conferences, workshop, retreats and events are announced throughout the year.  Check back often, and we hope to see you all at some of these amazing events!

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How to Make Guacamole

3 Comments | Written on February 23, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

This recipe for fresh guacamole is so good, it could win an Oscar!  Literally…

On Sunday when the Academy hand out their annual awards, I am most excited to see who wins the “Animated Short” category.  Sure, I’ll be excited to see Hugh Jackman looking dapper, and thrilled to find out who takes home Best Picture, but this little category is of particular interest to foodies this year!   

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Best Wines For Summer

1 Comment | Written on August 16, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

If you are searching for the best wines to sip this summer, look no further!  I have four light and refreshing suggestions that are sure to fit any palate and pair with perfectly with your favorite summer fare.

Keep reading to see some of the best wines for summer!

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How to Make Sushi

1 Comment | Written on August 1, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Do you love to go out to a Japanese restaurant for sushi and wonder if it is possible to recreate that experience in your own kitchen? You are in luck!  Today I am going to show you,  step-by-step,  how to make sushi at home.

Keep reading to learn how to make this “Rock and Roll” Sushi Roll from Qsine Restaurant!

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Excite the Senses on Celebrity Cruise Lines

4 Comments | Written on July 13, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Last week I had the extraordinary pleasure of boarding the Celebrity Cruise Line for a 7-day “Excite The Senses” culinary themed adventure to Alaska!  This was my first cruise and it was amazing to share the experience with my mom.  There were so many stories, recipes and photos to share from our time onboard as well as on land, I don’t even know where to start!  So, I decided to put together a “top 10” list of yummy excerpts from the trip.  If this serene and spectacular snapshot from our balcony isn’t enough to convince you to book your cruise right now, this mouth-watering list will have you ready to hop on board as soon as possible!

Keep reading if you have ever dreamed of going on a food lover’s cruise!

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Market to Table in Seattle

6 Comments | Written on July 12, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

If you consider yourself a foodie, it’s hard not to fall in love with Seattle.  The seafood, the produce, and the wines of the Northwest are all top notch.  The hub of fresh Seattle fare is, of course, the legendary Pike Place Market.

Keep reading to see what was on the menu.

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A Girl’s Weekend at Disney

6 Comments | Written on June 29, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

You know what I love about Walt Disney World?  It is a destination, unlike any other, where you can make a vacation anything you want it to be.  Disney World can take you behind the scenes of a movie studio or transport you to an African Safari.  It can whisk you away to a magical land where princesses and fairies come to life before your eyes.  A vacation to Orlando can mean hours of relaxing by the pool or fine dining and nightlife out on the town.

What I recently discovered, is that Disney World is not only the ultimate family vacation destination, it can also be the perfect location for a girl’s getaway weekend!  My sister and I live on opposite coasts, so we have to find the time and a place to meet up every once in a while to catch up and spend some quality time together.

Take a look at this video we shot documenting our weekend excursion to EPCOT in Orlando.   Time and budgets may not allow for a trip around the world, but we sure had fun with our whirlwind tour of the World Showcase.  Check it out!

One of the highlights was meeting Hilda Castillo, the Tequila Ambassador for La Cava del Tequila, the restaurant and bar inside the Mexico pavilion featured in the video.

She shared her expertise on how to properly taste and enjoy the three different kinds of tequila and well as a few tips on making the perfect margarita!   Follow our “flight” to Mexico featuring Partida Blanco, Don Julio Reposado, and Gran Centenario Añejo.

Tequila Blanco

Tequila Blanco is crystal clear, light and fresh.  These types of Tequilas are a finished product after a second distillation.  Many connoisseurs prefer it because of its pure flavor.  It is bottled or stored immediately after distillation, or aged less than two months in oak barrels.

Tequila Reposado

To be classified as Reposado, a Tequila must be aged for a minimum of 2 months but less than a year.  Tequila Reposado is a perfect balance of wood, fruity notes, vanilla, and spices that transport you to a magical place of timeless beauty.

Tequila Añejo

Añejo is a delicate blend of uniquely aged Tequilas.  Añejos are aged in small, white oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months.  This Tequila has several aromas, like chocolate, almonds, and wood; it is soft and sweet.  As in many premium red wines, blends must be adjusted to each vintage; a lot of care and attention is paid when blending Añejo, making it smooth, distinctive, and extraordinary.

The outstanding margaritas featured in the video were created by Mexican Mixologist, Junior Merino.  They were hands down the most flavorful, intriguing and creative margaritas I had ever tasted.  He is a liquid chef…literally!  Check out this website:  Here are the descriptions of a few of my favorites:

Wild Passion Fruit
100% Agave Tequila Reposado, ginger liqueur, passion fruit, mango nectar and fresh lime juice, topped with mango foam, served on the rocks

El Mayor premium silver Tequila, melon liqueur, fresh avocado, agave nectar and fresh lime juice, served frozen with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim

Blood Orange
El Mayor premium silver Tequila, orange liqueur, sweet-tart mix of blood orange juice and hibiscus syrup, topped with wild berry foam served on the rocks

El Mayor premium silver Tequila, muddled jalapeños, fresh lime juice, cucumber and agave nectar, served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim

In the end, vacation travel is about making memories that last a lifetime.  My sister and I have such vivid memories of Disney magic as children, and now we have rekindled that magic as adults.  No matter the age, you can’t help but laugh, smile and be filled with joy during your time in the resort!

Grilled Tropical Summer Salad

22 Comments | Written on June 22, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Now that it’s officially summer, I think it is time to fire up the grill!

Not only does that mean it’s time for burgers and dogs, but why not get creative with the grill as well?  Pineapple holds up well over the coals, and a grilled pineapple makes for a sensational salad.

Speaking of fruit on the grill, I am so excited for the Dole California Cook-Off this weekend!  Three talented home cooks will go head to head right here in Hollywood, competing for a whopping $10,000 prize.

Chef Ben Ford and I will be judging the competition, looking for the most DOLE-icious recipe based on creativity, flavor and taste.  The three outstanding finalists are featured on the DOLE Facebook page.   My mouth waters in anticipation of trying each fantastic dish!   (Click here to see the finalists.)

It is a thrill to be a part of this event because DOLE is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the leading producer of organic bananas. DOLE markets a growing line of packaged and frozen fruit and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research.

This fresh and colorful salad celebrates the grill and  Dole pineapple.  Grilled tropical fruit is tossed with greens, cherry tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette.  I even threw in a few macadamia nuts for a bit of extra crunch.  Stay tuned for updates from the contest this weekend and find out who will be $10,000 richer next week!

Grilled Tropical Summer Salad  (click here to view and print recipe)

1/2 medium pineapple, cored cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 medium mango, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

4 cups torn salad greens

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing

1/3 cup macadamia nuts (optional)

Spray grill with nonstick cooking spray.  Preheat to medium-high heat.  Grill pineapple and mango 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.  Cut grilled fruit into bite sized pieces.  In a large salad bowl, mix fruit, greens, and tomatoes; toss lightly.  Drizzle with dressing just before serving.  Top with macadamia nuts, if desired.