A Selected Sampling of My Work

Essays & Profiles

Loving Scrapple: A Cherished Memory of Mid-Atlantic Mystery Meat

The Hard-Won Pleasures of a Maryland Blue Crab Feast Are Fleeting, Yet Eternal

All Hail Fudgie the Whale, the Best Ice Cream Cake There Is

An Ode to Caramelizing Onions (& How to Do It Right)

The Vibrant Life of Anthony Bourdain: The Journey Changes You

A Visit with the Queen of Vegan Cheese, Miyoko Schinner

Food History

Who Really Invented Sloppy Joes?

The Origins of Odd Food Names, from Funeral Potatoes to Welsh Rarebit

What Are Corn Nuts, and Where Did They Come From?

How Moon Pies Became a Mardi Gras Tradition

How Did Fudge Become a Staple of Tourist Towns?

What’s in Salt Water Taffy? The True Story Behind the Boardwalk Treat

The Fascinating History of Figgy Pudding

How Tos

How to Cook on Vacation without Wishing You’d Just Stayed Home

How to Make Cocktails While Camping

A Hot Tip on How to Clean Silicone Baking Mats

How to Use Your Wok on the Grill For the Best Stir-Fry Ever

How to Pull Off a Perfect Picnic Indoors

How to Turn Melted Ice Cream from Summer Disaster Into Dessert

How to Make Fruit Salad That Doesn’t Suck

How to Make Effortless Chicken Stock in Your Slow Cooker

How to Make Oat Milk & Save Tons of Money

Recipes & Cooking

Try These Secret Ingredients for Award-Winning Chili

This Persian Butter Bean Stew May Be the Best Thing You’ve Never Eaten

11 Ingredients to Stock for Your Best Baking Ever

7 Easy Instant Pot Meal Prep Tips to Streamline the Week Ahead

21 Cheap & Easy Meals That Taste Amazing

Squeeze Every Last Ounce of Flavor from Summer Produce with These Unique Drinks

15-Minute Dinner Ideas for When You Need to Eat Now

If You Like Brisket, Give This Smoked Pastrami Beef Tongue a Try

Explore Savory Caramel and Discover the Delicious Dark Side of Sugar

This West African Grain Bowl Is the Original Power Lunch

How Your Instant Pot Will Help You Crush the Whole30 Challenge

Pickle Juice Beyond Shots: Creative Ways to Use Your Leftover Pickle Brine

The Easiest Biscuits You’ll Ever Make Rely on a Surprising Ingredient

Explainers

Dutch Ovens vs. Slow Cookers: Which One Is Better?

Parchment vs Silicone Mats: Which One Is Better for Baking?

Eat the Rainbow: The Science Behind Brightly Colored Summer Fruit and Why It’s So Good for You

Should You Buy Your Steak From Costco?

Why Do We Eat Crabs While Spiders Gross Us Out?

Pumpkin Pie Lies: It’s Actually Canned Squash

Is Getting an Air Fryer Worth the Investment?

Entertaining & DIY

These Outdoor Entertaining Hacks Will Help You Keep Your Cool This Summer

How to Host a Creepy Yet Classy Halloween Party

These Themed Horror Movie Food Pairings Are So Good It’s Scary

Love a Project? Make Easy DIY Conversation Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Make Your Own Peeps and Put the Easter Bunny Out of Business

Commerce

Best Gifts For Fans of ‘The Great British Baking Show’

The Most Popular Appliances During Quarantine

Tropical Decor to Turn Your Place into Paradise

The Best Mother’s Day Gift Baskets for a Virtual Breakfast in Bed

Gifts for the Goth Gourmet

World Water Day Products That Give Back

News

Ready, Set, Watch: ‘The Great British Baking Show’ Is Back This Week

You Could Be Eating Insects at IKEA Someday

Would You Drink Beer Made From Sewage Water?

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