Everything You Need to Know About Thanksgiving Dinner, No Matter Your Role (Cook, Host, Guest)

There’s a reason Rick Rodgers is called America’s Thanksgiving Expert – he has more advice about how to host a flawless Thanksgiving dinner than a 25-pound turkey has cornbread stuffing. His cookbook Thanksgiving 101, full of recipes, timelines, and invaluable tips and tricks, has been the go-to guide for first-timers and old-timers for more than … Continue reading

A Time for Books and Baking, Indeed

A thing that makes me happy: seeing someone on the subway or bus reading a library book. Another thing that makes me happy: men who cook for their families. So I was tickled to learn that Paul LeClerc, the president of the New York Public Library, is not only (by definition) a library book lover … Continue reading

Soup Week: Chicken, Potato, and Leek Soup

While New Yorkers are still cursing the effects of yet another snowstorm (Really, Mother Nature? Again??), here at The Secret Ingredient we’re busy making lemons into lemonade…er, water into soup…oh, you get the idea! To kick off Soup Week, I turned to Rick Rodgers’s timely cookbook, Winter Gatherings, for some inspiration and he certainly did … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Good Bites

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my fellow cookbook lovers! Let’s see all the love our cookbooks have been getting lately in this week’s Good Bites. Good Morning America’s recipe page has posted a fabulous recipe for a flourless chocolate cake by Emeril Lagasse that would make a perfect Valentine’s Day treat for a loved one … Continue reading

Cookie Week: Chewy Ginger Cookies

My family makes gingerbread men for Christmas every year, and I take great pleasure in rolling them out to just the right thickness and baking them the exact length of time that results in impossibly soft, tender, delicious cookies. The buttery icing doesn’t hurt, either. So for my Cookie Week baking, I said I’d make … Continue reading