Fresh Start in the New Year!

Fresh Start in the New Year!
Beginnings are so exciting.  At the start anything is possible, new love, new babies, and of course, a new year could be the best year of your life.  I’m definitely planning on 2014 as the best year of mine.  I’m a lucky enough person to have had several best years ever… which means I suppose that things ...

5 Thanksgiving Cooking Tips for a Stress Free Holiday

5 Thanksgiving Cooking Tips for a Stress Free Holiday
Holidays can make people stressed out. Oh I’m sure not you, or me, but besides us the cool calm and collected people there must be some that get overwhelmed with the big meal.   Lots of family, not enough oven space, no time to clean the house and a ton of stuff to cook.  So ...

Quick Lessons from Julia Child

Quick Lessons from Julia Child
Today October 24th is National Food Day.  This day every year tons of events go on across the United States to celebrate food and cooking.  In my city free apples are being handed out all over town.  This celebration got me thinking about America’s cooking champions, specifically, the mother of all cooking show hosts…. Julia ...

Butternut Squash, Sage & Bacon Skillet Pasta and a Trip to Mayo 1

Butternut Squash, Sage & Bacon Skillet Pasta and a Trip to Mayo
Last week was my very first overnight trip away from the baby (How long can I call him “the baby” anyway?) I have to admit I was pretty nervous about it!  Would he be super upset? Would I? Of course 3 nights of uninterrupted sleep didn’t sound too terrible either! I spent four days away ...

Where are the elves?

Where are the elves?
It has been 10 years since I met my husband and started traveling regularly to his home country of Romania. On the (long) plane ride home, I couldn’t help but think about all the changes that have happened in that decade. Changes for us sure, we started out as college students just starting to figure ...

Travel Light Travel Well

Travel Light Travel Well
Apparently this is the weekend to hit the road, or the skies, or whatever.  The last blast of the summer before we all get down to business in the fall.  So I thought what a great opportunity to share a few of my favorite tricks to travelling without packing on the pounds or coming down ...

Get the Most from the Farmers Market!

Get the Most from the Farmers Market!
 I’m a farmers market junkie.  Maybe because I love fresh food, maybe I’m such a terrible gardener I’m in awe of those who can grow food consistently, maybe I just like the chaos and the haggling.  Maybe all the above.  I love markets so much I teach several classes every year that take field trips ...

Will Travel 4 Food 2

Will Travel 4 Food
At the end of this month we’re going to visit my husband’s family in Romania.  This is a big trip for everyone, first trip across the ocean with baby boy and the first trip home in over 3 years for Mr. This One Bite! We are so ready.  We have traveled abroad, both to his ...

How many nuggets does it take to make a chicken? 3

How many nuggets does it take to make a chicken?
One of these things is not like the other, One of these things just does not belong, Can you tell me which thing is not like the others, by the time I finish my song? Anybody else watch Sesame Street as a child? Actually I think it’s two things. We’re remodeling our kitchen, and lucky ...

First Bite 7

First Bite
I (Rachel Ciordas) have loved all things food from birth. (Seriously who’s first word is cookie?) I have always loved being in the kitchen, creating new flavors, and gathering around the table with friends and family. Food has however at times been my frenemy (ha! gotta love that word!) I, like many people I know ...