The Challenges and Joys of Food Blogging and Podcasting with

Christine is the founder of the popular website Cook the Story, which boasts over 2 million monthly readers, making it one of the top-ranked food blogs in the world. Now, Christine manages CooktheStory in addition to another site, The Cookful, and is also the host of two podcasts — Time Management Insider (TMI) and Recipe of the Day. 

In this episode, Christine shares her journey of building two successful food blogs and now two successful podcasts.

Listen to the full episode here, or keep reading for some of my favorite moments with Christine.

How did you get started in food blogging?

I was working on a Ph.D. in linguistics in Canada when my now ex-husband and I moved to Orlando, Florida. I ended up not finishing my Ph.D. because it started to feel like a chore. One day, I was listening to The Splendid Table, and they had on a

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Apricot Galette | Kitchen Confidante

Apricot Galette – simpler than pie, but just as delicious! Galettes ooze a rustic elegance, and when apricots are in season, it makes for a perfect filling. Serve up slices with a scoop of ice cream for a lovely summer dessert.

Apricot Galette on a wooden board.

Note: This post was originally published on July 2, 2013. The recipe has been updated from the archives with updated content and photographs, as well as improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen.

I was at the stove this morning, having a not-so-awesome moment, silently annoyed with some gyoza I was browning for my children who were waiting at the kitchen table. It’s dumplings for Pete’s sake, I thought to myself. How am I messing this up?

“Ugh!!!!! This is a mess!” I complained out loud.

My son consoled, “It’s okay, it’s not like you’re on Top Chef.” “Yeah,” my daughter

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Redefining Sorbet with SorBabes Founders Nicole Cardone and

On the podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nicole Cardone and Deborah Gorman, the cofounders of SorBabes. Since 2012, Nicole and Deborah have been on a mission to redefine sorbet as an indulgent, decadent treat and give it the respect it deserves. Their bold, unique flavors and creamy sorbet bars are out to revolutionize how we think of sorbet.

Listen to the full episode here, or keep reading for some of my favorite moments with Nicole and Deborah.

How Did SorBabes Get Started?

While growing up, Nicole lacked access to fresh fruits, so she became obsessed with going to farmer’s markets during college. She would wait until closing and buy up the leftover bags of beautiful, tree-ripened fruit, like peaches, that wouldn’t last another day. Then, she’d go home and make delicious fruit smoothies and sorbets with herself and the other students on her floor.

When she didn’t

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Mango Float (Crema de Mangga)

Mango Float, also known as Crema de Mangga or Mango Royale, is a Filipino icebox dessert made with layers of graham crackers or ladyfingers, sweet whipped cream, and ripe, juicy mangoes. All it takes is one spoonful of this simple recipe to be in utter mango bliss!

Mango Float dessert in a baking dish.

“Mom, can we make Mango Float?” My daughter had encountered reels upon reels of what is also known as Filipino Crema de Mangga or Mango Royale, and the temptation was unbearable.

I can’t blame her. Who can resist layers of cookies (graham crackers or ladyfingers — pick your poison) layered with whipped cream laced with drizzles of sinfully sweet condensed milk and slices of ripe, juicy mangoes? Assembling this simple dessert requires the utmost will to resist licking spoons, bowls, fingers — even cans! (If you’ve ever cooked with condensed milk, you know it’s worth the risk.)

But the truth is, I had

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10 Items to Shop from Amazon’s Small Kitchen Organization

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I’m a proud member of the small space kitchen universe, and if you can relate to the annoyances of a lack of drawer space, super tall cabinets, or little to no countertop storage, I’m here with you. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place, because we discovered an under-the-radar Amazon storefront full of products dedicated to small kitchen organization, and there are so many great finds to choose from.

From glass storage jars to house all of your grains, dry goods, and pastas to festive floating shelves and hanging fruit baskets, this storefront is full of great items to shop for your kitchen. Not to mention, a vast majority are wallet-friendly, with prices starting at as little as $13. So whether your tiny

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MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale is here: 10 best deals on fun

Having a minimalistic home is trendy, but that’s really all that it is. A trend isn’t something that sticks around. Why have a home that feels like a hotel room when you can have a home that is uniquely tailored to you?

MacKenzie-Childs can help you achieve the home aesthetic you want, especially if you want items that no one has, items that fit your style, and looks like you’ve just entered a fairy-tale fantasy. MacKenzie-Childs is a brand that goes above and beyond on home items and accessories.

Check out the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale event that has thousands of goodies for up to 70% off.

Looking to spice up your kitchen with cute and unique decoration? Take a look at our favorite kitchen items that can take your kitchen from drab to fab.

1. Courtly Check Enamel Tea Kettle – 2 Quart

Courtly Check Enamel Tea Kettle - 2 Quart | MacKenzie-Childs

Courtly Check Enamel Tea Kettle – 2

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Hell’s Kitchen Pups Set Sail on The Hudson for a Pawsitively


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The Circle Line set sail this morning on its inaugural Pawsitively Perfect Pup Cruise with a deck packed with Hell’s Kitchen hounds and their owners. W42ST readers were on board and shared their pictures with us for this photo gallery.

Jeff Dkysterhouse and Henry getting ready to depart Pier 83 on the Circle Line. Photo: Danny Sayegh

The cruise sets sail an hour tour with West Side views of the Hudson Yards, One World Trade Center and The Statue of Liberty. Along the way, the shipmates got plenty of dog-friendly NYC facts, photo opportunities for pups and their parents.

Many dog owners got into the nautical theme of the trip. Photo: ZZ Pup
The pups didn’t
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California’s First ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Set To Open At Harrah’s

July 20, 2022

Get out the pitchforks and maybe some yelling.

California’s first Hell’s Kitchen restaurant is opening at Harrah’s Resort Southern California in August.

The new venue is accepting reservations for the upcoming opening of the new restaurant, created by multi-Michelin-starred chef and television personality, Gordon Ramsay.

The concept will officially open its doors for service on Friday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m.

This Hell’s Kitchen will be the largest location to date and will accommodate up to 332 guests. The restaurant’s design and menu, emblazoned with the iconic red and blue flames, is a direct reflection of the Fox network’s culinary competition series of the same name.

An elegant bar, full-service restaurant, exhibition kitchen, plush lounge, curated wine wall, two private dining rooms (with the ability to be combined into one larger space) and two chef’s tables will be highlights of the dining experience.

“We are thrilled to

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Ultimate portable camping kitchen set

camping kitchen set

Campers looking for a comprehensive camping kitchen set contained in a portable hard outer protective case, may be interested in the new Warden Outdoors campaign launched via Kickstarter this month for the Ultimate Camping Kitchen Set. Consisting of 36 pieces of essential camping cookware the components are dishwasher safe, rustproof and constructed from foodgrade stainless steel. Early bird pledges are now available for the inventive project from roughly $250 or £208 (depending on current exchange rates).

camping kitchen set contents

“The K.U.B (Kitchen Utensil Box) is a portable camping kitchen set full of 36 functional items for nearly all the cooking and eating needs of a Car Camper, RVer, Overlander, or Picnicker. It’s packed with food-grade stainless steel utensils, plates, cups and bowls, a deep-dish frying pan, kettle, grill grate and even a nylon table cover! We’ve made it all fit inside a custom designed, compact, high-impact ABS box – with wheels –

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Amy’s Kitchen set to close San Jose frozen food plant;

SAN JOSE – Amy’s Kitchen announced that its large frozen food plant in San Jose is closing its doors later this year, a move that stunned employees who showed up for work on Monday.

The company cited ongoing supply chain issues and higher prices for ingredients as the reason for shutting down the plant, which makes frozen organic pizzas, on Las Plumas Avenue.

Apparently, that final decision was made very quickly, because employees said they were blindsided Monday by the bad news.

“Si, todos estamos, in shock,” said worker Alma Martinez came into work today and then was told to go home because she no longer has a job.

Martinez said she came to work on Sunday, and no one said anything about the shutdown. She’s one of about 300 workers who will lose their jobs, which pay about $17.50 an hour.

Amy’s Kitchen frozen food factory in San Jose
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