Share your kitchen improv story for a chance to win a copy of The Improvisational Cook!

Award-winning cookbook author Sally Schneider is holding a contest for all you improvisational cooks out there. To enter, share your story about a kitchen improvisation you’ve attempted; success or failure–it doesn’t matter! The winner will receive a copy of her book The Improvisational Cook. For complete details and to enter, click here. The deadline for … Continue reading

A Conversation with… Sally Schneider

We’re thrilled to welcome Sally Schneider back to the The Secret Ingredient! Sally’s wonderful book, The Improvisational Cook, is in stores now and, lucky for us, she was kind enough to take a break from writing, blogging (, cooking, and recipe developing to answer a few of our questions. Enjoy! Passion: Helping people find their … Continue reading

Are You an Improvisational Cook?

I thought I was, until I realized that by “improvisational cook” Sally Schneider doesn’t quite mean the person who leans into the fridge and whips up a stir fry with the crudités that are left from the Super Bowl dip tray. (I will neither confirm nor deny if I have assembled such a meal.) What … Continue reading

Ingredient of the Month: Pears

Throughout fall and winter one of my favorite secret ingredients is pears—that is, Roasted Pears. These are pears that are roasted with a bit of sugar, lemon juice, butter, and a split vanilla bean or even herbs, until they become tender and caramelized with a concentrated pear flavor. The recipe for Roasted Pears is easy … Continue reading