Posted by IssyFriday, April 18, 2014
We are so excited to congratulate Jessica Fisher on her second HCP cookbook, Best 100 Juices for Kids, which published just this week! I fell in love with the plans for this title on my very first day here at the press. As a proud apple-juice-oholic, this book reaches deep into my childhood and reminds me of volleyball club, animal crackers, and Saturday morning cartoons.
If sugar is a mom’s worst enemy, then Jessica is the super hero crashing through the window to save the day. This self-proclaimed “Yes Mom” explores the benefits of fresh squeezed Orange You Glad? juice over artificially flavored name brands. Having to say “no” to your kids (or yourself) over an electric blue sports drink can be tough, but a homemade Colo-Loco Sports Drink is both delicious and rewarding.
It seems like every other week, a new friend of mine begins a juice cleanse. Not that we should be putting our children...
Posted by AlexaWednesday, April 16, 2014
Yesterday, we proudly released Lucy Vaserfirer‘s brand new cookbook, Marinades! With 400 recipes to dress up everyday fare, you will never need to eat a dry or tasteless steak, pork chop, piece of fish–or most any meal for that matter–again.
Marinades covers it all, from savory to sweet, citrusy to spicy, and includes flavor inspiration from all around the world. The book also features dozens of tips on flavors and the best flavor pairings, along with the proper ways to put together (and store!) marinades. It is full of recipes that honor traditional flavors, along with ones that feature unexpected twists [did you know that espresso + ribs are a match made in heaven?!]. Marinades also offers a chapter on dessert dressers, like the Lemon Balm-Mint Syrup and Caramel-Vanilla Syrup, which are perfect for drizzling over bowls of fruit or ice cream.
Marinades draws much of its inspiration from international cuisine, with chapters devoted to...
Posted by IssyFriday, April 11, 2014
As a child, hard-boiled eggs meant one of two things in my household: either Mom was making egg salad, or deviled eggs were about to be served. It always seemed to take forever to boil the eggs, wait for them to cool, and mash up the yolks to make the creamy center of deviled eggs. I could hardly wait for them to be done so I could pop the cayenne-peppered halves into my mouth and savor the strange, delicious treat. Then again, everything that took more than three minutes to make felt like an eternity in my five-year-old mind.
It took me almost twenty years to finally attempt making deviled eggs as an adult… due to my childhood memories, I always felt like the process might be more difficult and time consuming than it’s worth, so I stuck to scrambling and frying my eggs. But flipping thorough Debbie Moose’s Deviled Eggs this...
Posted by AlexaWednesday, April 9, 2014
That’s a question I’ve asked myself a number of times and have never been able to answer. But seriously: what’s up with eggs at Easter time? Why do we dye them and hunt them and roll them and devil them?
Are you curious now, too? Good, because I looked into it for us. Let’s chat.
According to Latin proverb “omne vivum ex ovo,” all life comes from an egg. This seems rather fitting since spring is the season of new life and rebirth, and Easter is the holiday to celebrate resurrection. In fact, myths from ancient cultures all over the world hold that the universe was created from an egg, so no wonder eggs have become emblematic of creation!
Antiquated Christian beliefs also required observers to abstain from eating eggs during Lent, so the consumption of eggs could only resume on Easter. Eggs laid during the 40-day period prior were typically hard-boiled or...