food

What’s Your Take on Ancient Grains?

What's Your Take on Ancient Grains?

I first heard the term “ancient grains” a few months ago, probably on the packing of a product at the grocery store. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but then I started to see it appear elsewhere. My impression was simply that it’s clever marketing; grains are good, and it doesn’t really […]


Strawberry Shortcake vs Strawberry Shortbread

Strawberry Shortcake vs Strawberry Shortbread

One of my fondest and longest-lasting childhood memories involves strawberry shortbread. Once every summer, my mother would declare that we were having strawberry shortbread for dinner. Usually this coincided with us going strawberry picking as a family. It was such a treat because we were essentially eating dessert for dinner in a home where we […]


What Would You Do as a Guest Judge on Top Chef?

What Would You Do as a Guest Judge on Top Chef?

I love the cooking competition show Top Chef. Each season starts with 18-20 professional chefs who compete in a series of challenges to remain in the game. In each episode, a guest judge presents the chefs with a “quickfire” challenge in which they have a short amount of time to make a specific type of […]


Have You Tried a Subscription Service Like Purple Carrot?

Have You Tried a Subscription Service Like Purple Carrot?

Recently some friends mentioned that they were testing out a subscription service called Purple Carrot. The idea is that you receive a box of fresh ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make a few restaurant-quality, super healthy meals. They sent us a referral code to try out the service, which we gladly accepted, especially […]


Have You Tried Craft Bread?

Have You Tried Craft Bread?

When I was growing up, my mom got really into making homemade bread. I think bread machines were kind of a “thing” for a while. After a few years she decided that it would be easier to just buy bread from the grocery store, so most of the sandwiches I ate in high school were […]


How Do You Eat Your Cereal?

How Do You Eat Your Cereal?

The other day Megan found a funny video of a “cereal expert” explaining in great length the correct way to eat cereal. It prompted a discussion about how each of us eat cereal (something we rarely do–I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day), so I thought I’d share how I eat cereal, and I’m interested […]


Have You Been Surprised by a Marinara Pizza?

Have You Been Surprised by a Marinara Pizza?

I learned an invaluable life lesson this weekend. As with most life lessons, it’s about food. There’s a St. Louis restaurant called Union Loafers that makes superbly delicious pizza. We’ve been trying to order delivery and pickup from local restaurants to support them (and get good food), and yesterday I found myself craving that incomparable […]


Do You Drink Oat Milk?

Do You Drink Oat Milk?

For almost my entire life, I’ve had a glass of skim milk at dinner. It was a staple in my family, and I thought that it was an integral part of a healthy daily diet. Turns out that while there are healthy nutrients in milk, there’s also a lot of sugar, and there’s the negative […]


Have You Watched “Game Changers”?

Have You Watched "Game Changers"?

I watched a few movies this weekend, including The Hustle, Brittany Runs a Marathon, and The Aeronauts, but the one I’ll be thinking about–and acting on–for quite some time is a Netflix documentary called Game Changers. When a friend recommended Game Changers to me, presenting it as a film about the benefits of a plant-based […]


Did You Make a New Year’s Resolution This Year?

Did You Make a New Year's Resolution This Year?

I confess that I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions. It isn’t that I don’t want to improve. There are so many ways that I could be a better human being, for both my sake and the sake of others around me. I just don’t use January 1 as a time to do that–if there’s something […]


I Accidentally Bought a $25 Wedge of Cheese

I Accidentally Bought a $25 Wedge of Cheese

A few weeks ago, I was at the grocery store in search of cheese. As one does. I don’t know much about cheese other than my preferred style of cheddar (white and medium-sharp). So while perusing the cheese section, I asked a grocery store employee what she recommended. Without hesitation, she picked up a wedge […]


Do You Make Peanut Butter Protein Balls?

Do You Make Peanut Butter Protein Balls?

One of the things I’ve learned from my relationship with Megan is that there’s a bit of magic in every bite of peanut butter protein balls. Not only does she make them from time to time, but Kaldi’s Coffee also offers their own twist that is both delicious and healthy. I’ve now tried my hand […]


What’s Your Favorite Desk Snack?

What's Your Favorite Desk Snack?

I was recently watching a vlog featuring author Brandon Sanderson, and one of the fun topics he discussed was his preferred desk snack (a treat he keeps at his writing desk). I think he said his current desk snack is either pumpkin or sunflower seeds, though he previously preferred pistachios in the shell. At the […]


The Best Food We Ate in New Zealand

The Best Food We Ate in New Zealand

A huge part of the travel experience for me is trying new food, especially local- and region-specific food. So as Megan and I prepared for New Zealand–and throughout the trip–we tried to gather as many recommendations as possible to try along our journey (both from locals, Google Maps, and TripAdvisor). We were also lucky to […]


Have You Ever Loved a Local Product So Much You Want to Invest in It?

Have You Ever Loved a Local Product So Much You Want to Invest in It?

I love Billy Goat potato chips. Unless you’ve eaten a Billy Goat chip, you won’t know what I’m talking about. But nearly everyone I’ve ever introduced them to has been unable to stop eating them. I haven’t been interested in any other potato chip since discovering Billy Goat years ago. The reason they’re so good, […]


Would You Choose Cookie Dough Over Ice Cream?

Would You Choose Cookie Dough Over Ice Cream?

Whenever my mom made cookies when I was a kid, my favorite part was cleaning the raw dough out of the bowl with my mouth. To this day, I continue to love¬†cookie dough. In fact, back in the days when my metabolism was a beast, I would occasionally buy rolls of cookie dough without any […]


Which of These Culinary Delights Do You Want the Most?

Which of These Culinary Delights Do You Want the Most?

I’ve had pretty good luck with delicious food lately, food that spans a pretty broad spectrum. For fun, today I thought I’d share some of these dishes–let me know which one you want to eat the most right now! Our journey begins with boozy slushies from Narwhal. I’ve gone the entire summer without a Slurpee […]


Do You Take Photos of Your Food?

Do You Take Photos of Your Food?

I’m way late to this news, but I recently learned that a few studies have shown that taking photos of your food before you eat it may actually improve its taste. I wouldn’t say I’m a big food photographer. Definitely not every meal. But when I eat something special–whether it’s something I cook or at […]


Do You Remember Your First Chocolate Bar?

Do You Remember Your First Chocolate Bar?

Despite my intense love of chocolate as an adult, I had very little access to it when I was a child. We had access to candy at Halloween, at Christmas, and at Easter, but beyond that, it was a rare treat. So recently when I was gifted an amazing chocolate bar that I’ll share in […]


I’ve Made and Eaten “The Best Burger for a Single Person”

I've Made and Eaten "The Best Burger for a Single Person"

Today a video popped up into my YouTube feed with the title, “J. Kenji Lopez-Alt Debunks Burger Myths.” As a burger lover myself, I was intrigued. In the 10-minute segment, Chef Kenji talks about what he calls “The Best Burger for a Single Person.” Not because single people like me necessarily eat differently than the […]


The Cassoulet Story

The Cassoulet Story

True story: In late 2002, I traveled with my parents and brother to visit my sister in France, where she was studying abroad for the year. I was greatly looking forward to the land of bread and butter, crepes, and fashionable French women. But as soon as I arrived in Paris, I came down with […]


How Many Layers of Dip Did You Eat During the Super Bowl?

How Many Layers of Dip Did You Eat During the Super Bowl?

This was a deja vu Super Bowl for me. 17 years ago I was studying abroad in Japan when the St. Louis Rams–a team I started rooting for when I entered my freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999, the same year that Kurt Warner led the Rams to a Super Bowl […]


My Top 10 Favorite Sandwiches of 2018

My Top 10 Favorite Sandwiches of 2018

I discovered in the last year that I really love weird, unique sandwiches and burgers. Fortunately, St. Louis is a hotspot for them, ranging from the daily creations at Hi-Point Drive-In to the monthly specials at Layla to the weekly head-to-head matchups at Bailey’s Range. So today I thought I’d showcase my favorite sandwiches of […]


Would You Eat a Cricket Cookie?

Would You Eat a Cricket Cookie?

I’ve eaten grasshopper tacos, cricket protein bars, and cricket chips…now it’s time for cricket cookies. Why am I doing this to myself? I’m interested in more sustainable forms of protein. Insects aren’t commonly used for that in the US, but I think they might become more prevalent. I’ve backed several insect-related Kickstarter projects, and the […]