Hali Bey Ramdene

Hali Bey Ramdene is the founder of StudioHalibey, a creative consultancy that tells stories around food, good living, and well-being.
The Beginner's Guide to Meal Planning
Let's take the mystery out of meal prep.
Jun 18, 2024
30-Minute Dinners You Can Make on the Stovetop
Quick meals to the rescue.
Nov 30, 2023
Easy Sauces Every Vegetarian Cook Should Know
Sauces are the magic touch that makes vegetables more satisfying, and grains even more exciting. Here are 16 easy sauces to learn, memorize, and enjoy.
Nov 28, 2023
How Many Apples Are in a Pound?
Whether you’re shopping on a budget or with a particular dish in mind, it’s helpful to know how many apples are in a pound. After all, most grocers price apples by weight, and recipes call for a certain number of pounds of apples (in that case, four).One pound of apples is about three medium-sized apples. To qualify as medium, each apple must be about the size of a tennis ball or something you can hold comfortably in the palm of your hand.
Oct 4, 2023
How to Tell How Many Potatoes Are in a Pound
An easy formula that doesn't require a scale!
Oct 4, 2023
This One Extra Step Makes Rice Krispies Treats 1000x Better
The minimalist dessert gets a maximalist upgrade.
Sep 13, 2023
A Very French Ham and Cheese Baguette
Baguette layered with thinly sliced ham, Gruyère cheese, and cornichons — très délicieux!
Aug 26, 2023
Jamie Oliver’s Pork and Chile-Pepper Goulash
I’m in the habit of picking up a can of tomatoes every time I head to the grocery store, but I hardly amass more than two or three cans. Inevitably, I’ll come across a recipe that calls for canned tomatoes and, lucky for me, all I have to do is stroll to the pantry and pull them out.
Aug 18, 2023
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Biryani
Chicken biryani is a dish for celebration. If you need to feed a crowd or host a dinner party, choose this biryani which will excite your guests with the aromas of the dish made in a slow cooker. The biryani is made with par-cooked rice and marinated chicken before they go into the slow cooker. The traditional method for cooking biryanis includes covering a large brazier with dough to trap the heat. In this recipe, the slow cooker is sealed with foil to produce a similar steamed effect.
Aug 10, 2023
How to Make Deviled Eggs Ahead of Time
Prep deviled eggs ahead and save on time!
Feb 7, 2023
What to Do When Your Chili Is Too Spicy, Too Thin, or Too Boring
All the tools you need to ensure you chili tastes just right.
Dec 1, 2022
Salted vs. Unsalted Butter: Which One Should I Use?
They're not always interchangeable.
Oct 26, 2022
What’s the Correct Order for Breading Chicken?
Q: When dredging chicken cutlets, do you the use flour, buttermilk, and eggs before coating in breadcrumbs? Sent by Phyllis Editor: Each element in the breading process has a purpose. When you know what each does, it’s easy to remember what order to use when breading chicken (or whatever protein you’re using). This will also help you out with substitutions when you need them. Here’s the basic method to remember: wet → dry → wet → dry.
Sep 16, 2022
What’s the Difference Between European and American Butter?
Have you noticed the butter options in your dairy aisle expanding? A few short years ago you’d be hard-pressed to find anything but unsalted and salted butter. Perhaps it’s a result of our changing relationship with fat (we’re back to liking it, it seems), or maybe the demand for more flavor found its way to the ears of the dairy industry — either way, the contents of the butter section have expanded.
Sep 7, 2022
Cooking Eggs in Cast Iron: My Mom’s 4-Step Foolproof Process
A four-step process that won't let you down!
Aug 24, 2022
The Easiest Low-Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes
Tangy, buttery perfection.
Aug 21, 2022
Recipe: Pizza Croutons
How often do you order a salad or soup solely based on the promise of delicious croutons? I’ll be the first to admit I do. But as such, I have high expectation for these golden morsels. I want crunch, flavor, and intrigue. Yep, intrigue. Which is exactly how these 10-minute pizza-flavored croutons came to be. Stovetop croutons are, in my opinion, the very best way to make croutons.
May 4, 2022
10 Classic Side Dishes to Serve with Steak
Scene-stealing sides are part of the tradition of the great steak dinner. So when you're making steak for dinner at home, take note and follow suit.
Feb 12, 2021
What It’s Like Being a Pastry Chef at an Independent Living Facility for Seniors Right Now
The Way We Eat
We talked with Tie Lewis to talk about the sweet messages she writes on frosted sugar cookies for the seniors at her job, and how she's taking care of herself in the middle of a pandemic.
Dec 6, 2020
Essential Tex-Mex Recipes to Make in the Slow Cooker
From tequila-doused fajitas to elote rice, author and blogger Vianney Rodriguez shows you how to make all your Tex-Mex favorites in the slow cooker.
Oct 6, 2020
What Recipes Can a New Mom Make While Nursing?
Q: New mom here. I am looking for recipes that I can stop and start throughout in case the baby wakes. For example, making anything that requires more than five minutes or so of continuous hands-on time will not work. My oven has a timer that will shut the oven off after a specified amount of time, so that is helpful in case I get stuck in a feeding. Sent by Andrea Editor: Hands down your best option is going to be the slow cooker.
Sep 30, 2020
Recipe: Tofu and Broccoli Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing
Sometimes I shy away from ordering salads at restaurants because I fear they won’t be flavorful enough — I just can’t handle the possibility of that kind of disappointment — but when something sounds colorful and crunchy, and includes peanut butter, I’m far more inclined to leap. If that sounds like you, or if you’re a lover of a good peanut butter dressing draped over a bowl of broccoli slaw and crispy baked tofu, then this salad is for you.
Aug 19, 2020
The Very First Thing You Should Do with a Lemon Half Before You Juice It
It's a good habit to get into.
Apr 10, 2020
What Are Some Fun Gluten-Free Dessert Options for a Wedding?
Q: I love the new wedding section of Apartment Therapy; it has great articles I have come to trust and send to those involved in my own wedding this fall. One question still lingers: What are some fun gluten-free dessert options for a wedding? Sent by Liz I have several family members with severe autoimmune diseases that make any consumption of gluten a disaster. I want a traditional wedding cake for myself (playing the bride card), but what are ideas for others?
Mar 4, 2020
Why I Don’t Need to Have My Grandmother’s Biscuits Again
Personal Essay
Hali Bey Ramdene hasn't had her grandmother's biscuits since she was 7 years old, but the memory is just as delicious.
Feb 26, 2020
Recipe: Greek Panzanella
High up on the list of dishes that impress in both presentation and flavor yet require very little effort is panzanella. This bread salad — fashioned from day-old bread, along with a slew of ingredients including tomatoes, herbs, and dressing — is a summer meal that can be stretched to feed many. All of these reasons make it food for a gathering — especially a casual one on the porch, where friends drop by for a bite to eat and a glass or two of wine.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Skillet Cod with Lemon and Capers
I often forget how easy it can be to make fish a weeknight option. For some reason it carries an air of fuss, but when you’re in the kitchen with it, the ease of preparing it almost smacks you in the face. This recipe delivers on ease and flavor, serving up golden-brown fillets of cod with a buttery, briney pan sauce. For the crispiest, golden-brown fish, make sure the fillets (whether you begin with fresh or frozen-then-thawed) are extremely dry.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Jamaican Sorrel Punch
When it comes to holiday drinking, eggnog is only the beginning. Many cultures and cuisines proudly claim a Christmas punch and this week we’re bringing you The Global Punch Bowl with five festive punches, each with a story of their own. It takes time to realize the importance of some traditions and flavors in your life. That’s how I feel about sorrel punch, the drink my dad always insisted we make at Christmas, even though we very rarely got around to it.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Guava and Cream Cheese Pastelitos
My favorite way to eat fruit and cheese with a bit of buttery, flaky pastry on the side.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Sheet Pan Honey-Sesame Tofu and Green Beans
Perhaps the most time-intensive element of this recipe is waiting for the tofu to dry out. That’s when you do the rest of the prep — making the sauce and cutting the veggies — so by the time you pop everything into the oven to cook, the 10 minutes or so it takes goes by in a flash. Would you expect anything less from a recipe from Damn Delicious?
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Black Beans and Plantains Breakfast Bowl
I feel like there are people who like all the food on their plate to touch and people who like the different dishes to maintain their own space into carefully managed sections of the plate. I am firmly in the first camp and unsurprisingly a great fan of food in bowls for this very reason.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Roasted Fall Vegetable Soup
Imagine a recipe that combines the two things we love about cold-weather cooking: the toasty, caramelized notes of roasted vegetables and a steaming vegetable broth.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Wine-Poached Salmon Steaks
Almost any cooking technique you apply to salmon shows off its impressive versatility. After all, this rich and fatty fish is called “the king of fish” for a reason. Poaching takes advantage of salmon’s high fat content, slow transforming the flesh into a seasoned, buttery-tasting dish you can actually make on a weeknight in under an hour with 10 ingredients or less — and that’s including the salt and pepper!
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: The Fast, Easy, and Tech-Free Way to Sous-Vide Salmon
Perhaps after the egg, the best food to exhibit the true triumph of sous-vide cooking is salmon. The already-tender fish is rendered nearly translucent when cooked in the low, steady heat of a water bath. But how many of us actually have the equipment on hand to make this for a weeknight dinner? Thanks to this technique from Diane Morgan, it’s probably more of us than you think. Do you have an oven, a thermometer, and a Dutch oven or roasting rack? Then you can make sous-vide salmon.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Salmon Hash with Yukon Gold Potatoes and Herbs
Salmon’s second life can take many shapes — croquettes, patties, a salad Niçoise, you name it — but any extra that shows up in my house is now going the way of this herby potato and salmon hash. While this dish lends itself to good eating any time of the day, I’m going to have to agree with Diane on it being an excellent choice for breakfast.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Blueberry Skillet Cobbler with Whole-Wheat Biscuits
Just short of eating a fruit by hand, a summer cobbler is on the short list of stunningly simple desserts. In this rendition, blueberries are cooked with both lemon and orange zest, and lightly spiced with nutmeg before being topped with fluffy whole-wheat biscuits. While this cobbler (or any cobbler, really) is a delicious after-dinner treat, something about the combination of whole-wheat biscuits and blueberries makes this feel distinctly appropriate for breakfast.
Jan 31, 2020