Food Lifestyle Tips Posts

The Cook With Philosophy

Reposting this from 2013 when I started the CookWith project. This still resonates with me deeply as the way I approach cooking as a way to heal and hold people together. I also thought it is a timely reminder for this season of friendship, sharing, offering and receiving. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

COOK WITH: Love. Lemon. Your Mom. Olive Oil. Rutabaga. Your neighbor. Garlic. Kale. Your best friend. Ginger. Your best friend’s boyfriend. Summer tomatoes. Basil. Lemon Verbena. Your hubby. Pumpkin. Chickpea Miso. Coconut Oil. Your sister(s). Hazelnuts. Scallions. Yams. Your co-workers. Kabocha Squash. Your niece. Spring Asparagus. Radish. Hand picked apples. Zeal. Kale. Your nephew. Onions. Quinoa. Wild Fish. Local Meat. Your Dad. Rosemary. Raw Honey. Your whole family. Cardamom. Coconut Milk. Limes. A new friend. Bok Choy. Apple Cider Vinegar. Laughter. Cinnamon. Carrots. An old friend. Chickpeas. Mint. A teacher. Sea Salt. The seasons. Turmeric. Cumin. What you have in your pantry. Gratitude. Your grandma. Beets. Old recipes. Broccoli. Celery Root. New ingredients. Wine. Oregano. A glass of wine in hand. Music. A whole chicken. Parsnips. Homemade Stock. Cinnamon Sticks. Care. Fresh Berries. Your heart. Flowers. Love.

In the meantime, I will be cooking with my family over the next months:

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With Love from my family to yours, Abby

Official News from Abby’s Table

Hello out there! If you are wondering about Abby’s Table and myself disappearing in the last 6 months, and what happened to my newsletters and events, I am here to tell you. Disclaimer: this is a long but important read! First, I have missed you. I intended to write to you months ago. I’ve been happily… Continue Reading

Taking Stock of Your Food Dollar

Taking Stock of Your Food Dollar

Did you start the new year off with plans to eat more fresh veggies and fruits? And also slim down your food budget? These two commitments are not at odds with each other, despite what your current grocery bills may say. These two goals can play on the same team – your team for your… Continue Reading

Soups for Survival

Soups for Survival

As the holiday parties come and go, you may find yourself craving some simple nourishment amidst the celebratory spreads. I know I do. While I plan out my holiday feasts and gifts, I need something to eat to keep me feeling steady, grounded and healthy (sniffles, be gone!). So rather than share my favorite stellar… Continue Reading

Cocoa Nib Hot Chocolate Recipe

Cocoa Nib Hot Chocolate Recipe

Cocoa Nib Hot Chocolate Recipe   Print Find yourself with an urge for hot chocolate but don’t want to buy the sugary mix? You can certainly make this recipe using quality cocoa powder, but in case you are looking to be super healthful with your warm and toasty beverage, here is a great recipe to… Continue Reading

Pleasing and Thanking Everyone at the Table

Pleasing and Thanking Everyone at the Table

Thanksgiving is only two weeks away! It’s the holiday that brings people of every kind to the table in the spirit of sharing food and showing gratitude. As you might infer, this is one of my favorite holidays. One where everyone is welcome to the table, and despite (or in spite of) complex family histories… Continue Reading

How to Get your Garlic In

It’s a myth that all Italian food contains garlic. In fact, most of the delicious food I ate during my recent trip in various parts of the country didn’t have garlic in it at all, and if it did I could not taste the garlic distinctly. But yet, I am a BIG fan of garlic.… Continue Reading

To Italy, With Love of Food Culture

To Italy, With Love of Food Culture

My experiences in Italy thus far can be distilled to this: Italians take their regional food traditions very seriously and there is a rhythm to the food culture. I have seen no greater pride on the face of a person than when they describe the skill and quality of their nonna’s hand rolled, tiny tortellini, or their… Continue Reading

Dice an Onion With Ease

A few weeks ago I had the honor of making a video with Barre3’s founder Sadie Lincoln on how to dice an onion. This video will keep the tears away and reduce the amount of time you spend in the kitchen! Click here to watch the video.        Continue Reading

Time is On Your Side: Kitchen Tips from Abby

Everyone is up against the clock when it comes to managing the day. Between work, exercise, transporting between places and making time for family and friends, where is the time to cook? It can feel like a better use of time to grab ready-to-eat food rather than carve out precious time to cook from scratch.… Continue Reading

How to Enjoy Your Food Before the First Bite

Gratitude. It’s the secret seasoning that’s undetectable in a well prepared dish or in a perfectly ripe peach. Yet, it’s the one thing you can always “sprinkle” on your food just before you eat that makes everything taste better. I promise. This week’s inspiration is clean and simple: take a moment once a day to… Continue Reading

Labor(less) Cooking for Small Gatherings

Labor(less) Cooking for Small Gatherings

Labor Day is around the corner! Time to take a break from the labors of mealtime in addition to your work. What does a labor-less gathering truly look like, and how is it possible to feed people without any effort? Order take out, of course. However! You probably know me well enough by now to… Continue Reading

Move Your Meal to Somewhere Beautiful

Move Your Meal to Somewhere Beautiful

Now is the time to eat outside and cook outside. It’s time to go with the flow, have impromptu picnics in the park with your friends and family, and break the proverbial bread on a grassy, shady hill, at a concert or on a dock, or out camping by a lake. However, going with the… Continue Reading

Free to eat like you and me

Eat the food your body loves, and I’ll do the same.   For this holiday weekend ahead, we get to take lots of liberties. We get time off, we get to soak in the relaxation of vacation and simply being with friends and family, often without time restrictions. This, my friendly readers, is freedom. . My quick note… Continue Reading

Pack a Punch with Flavor (and skip the salt)

SUMMERTIME! Swimming, outdoor picnics, sundresses and sandals, and lazy evenings on the porch with friends. Your summer equation may also include a combo of sunburns, sausages/cured meats and salty condiments, alcohol and sticky, hot weather: all of which can contribute to fluid retention and that swollen look (and feel) of the skin. . The combo of excess sodium… Continue Reading

June’s Artist Palate: Create with Color Now

You eat first with your eyes. There are a few principles I learned way back in cooking school that inform every meal I make and menu I write. Two of these hold strong in my daily cooking: vary color and vary texture. Though basic, mastering these two principles can allow you to successfully “whip up”… Continue Reading

Sharp Knives Save Time: 2 Quick Videos!

Let me get to the point. Sharp knives and solid knife skills are the most important tools in your kitchen. They will save you time and keep you sane and with all ten fingers intact. Dull knives are more dangerous than their sharper counterparts, and lousy knife skills leave you crying over your onions longer… Continue Reading

Q.F.T. and Why We Need it to Thrive!

Q.F.T. – Quality Food Time. Are you getting enough? Life is full of little moments. And each day, you take at least three moments to feed yourself. The importance of how you take food is nearly as important as what’s on your plate. And here’s why. You know your body needs self-care. It’s a priority… Continue Reading

3 Seasonal Stimulating Foods to Eat Now

Time to Wake Up! Have you noticed what’s springing up these days? In my amateur garden out back things are wildly sprouting and greening everywhere I look, including the abundance of dandelions. Eek!Does your body feel ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice, too? If not, no worries. I’ve got your back. Coffee… Continue Reading

It (Could Be) Easy Being Green

Kermit was right – it’s not always easy being green. You want to do your best for the environment, but at times it seems more costly and time-consuming to take eco-friendly measures than simply throwing things away and forgetting about it. Those wilting veggies in your fridge? I know how you can use them.The wasted ends… Continue Reading

Always Prepared for Adventure

This is MacGyver’s original tagline. And what you likely don’t know is that MacGyver is my kitchen spirit animal. I LOVE to take adventures, and I LOVE to make each cooking moment an adventure, from teaching a class to catering a luncheon or making myself the quickest dinner imaginable. I am all about adventure. And… Continue Reading

Enjoy Your Food More.

Enjoy Your Food More.

Want to enjoy your food more? Cook from scratch. 🙂 Ok, want another way? Think back on a food memory you cherish. What do you recall about this moment? Was it just the taste of the food itself? Chances are you remember who you were with. Where you were. What the food looked like. If… Continue Reading

The exciting stimulation of springtime.

The exciting stimulation of springtime.

Have you noticed what’s springing up these days? In my amateur garden outback things are wildly sprouting and greening everywhere I look, including the abundance of dandelions! Eek! Does your body feel ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice, too? If not, no worries. I’ve got your back. Coffee and tea are not… Continue Reading

Food Memories

Want to enjoy your food more? Cook from scratch. Ok, want another way? Think back on a food memory you cherish. What do you recall about this moment? Was it just the taste of the food itself? Or do you recall more about the experience? Chances are you remember where you were and who you… Continue Reading

Do Play with Your Food.

Teaching kids cooking is really exactly the same as teaching adults cooking. With different approaches to sharp knives and fire. Kids just play more with the food and exhibit a deep sense of enthusiasm about every step of the way.  This element of play is essential to having fun in the kitchen over the long… Continue Reading

When You’re in a Pickle with Salad.

Sometimes, you get in a rut with salad. I get it. Especially in winter, when the season calls for warmer, heartier fare, the last thing you want to reach for is lettuce as the mainstay of meals. Yes, you still crave bright, crunchy flavors. You want something ready to go, without chopping chilled vegetables every… Continue Reading

Favorites: Pumpkin

The season of the pumpkin is now. I feel all sparkly thinking about it! I adore the naturally sweet, satisfying vegetable in all it’s glory. Note: a friend and author of a DIY blog reminded me that, quite unusually, I classify all winter squash as pumpkin. The practically perfect, perfectly impractical seeming pumpkin. Practically Perfect Pumpkins are amazing for… Continue Reading

Halloween Hangover Cures

Halloween Hangover Cures

Happy Halloween!!! This is one of my favorite holidays, not because of the candy but because it’s an excuse to dress up in costume! But let’s be honest. Halloween is a day where you get to be someone else, both in costume and in consumption. All those little treats! Candy of all kinds! Temptation and… Continue Reading

The Good Fats

The Good Fats

  Article by Kristy Fammartino, Abby’s Table co-founder, 2009. Cashews have been a staple of my diet for years for the obvious reasons – they are a convenient, satisfyingly crunchy treat with rich, buttery flavor.  Did I mention they come directly from a tree (can I ask for a more perfect, natural and unadulterated snack… Continue Reading

Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Food For Thought…or should we say, Food As Art? Photographer Mark Menjivar has a fantastic project called You Are What You Eat. His photos speak to the issues of  “the foods we consume as individuals and the affects they have on us and communities.” Great stuff to chew on….and even more reason why Abby’s Table believes in Food… Continue Reading

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