Stephanie Barlow

Stephanie is a home cook in NYC where she enjoys exploring the city's best food and re-creating meals in her tiny kitchen. Visit her vlog at City Cookin'
Roasted Sweet Potato Wraps with Caramelized Onions and Pesto
I don't think I've ever been this excited about lunch. Ever.
Jul 18, 2023
The End of Tater Tots? A Proposal to Ban Potatoes in Schools
The potato has had it rough the past few years. First that whole low carb craze, and now an effort to eliminate potatoes in school lunches? Really, what’s so bad about the potato? Do you think it should be banned?When you stack it up against more colorful and nutrient packed vegetables (carrots, spinach and the like), it’s true that the humble potato doesn’t seem like much.
Sep 20, 2022
6 Quick, Easy Ways to Turn Chicken Broth into Dinner
Six more reasons to add a box of chicken broth to your grocery list.
Sep 13, 2022
The Best Way to Keep Lemons Fresh for a Whole Month
Lemons are an ideal way to perk up early spring cuisine; from salads to fish and desserts, they are an easy flavor booster to keep on hand. However, I always end up planning a meal around my last lemon, only to find out it has become hard and yields as much juice as a potato. Then I discovered this simple tip for making sure you get every last drop out of your lemons. Lemons sealed in a plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator tend to keep fresh longer.
Aug 31, 2022
5 Ways to Shake Up Boring Ice Cubes
You’ve taken care to create a perfect cocktail, so why dull it down with a boring icecube? Read on for 5 cures to the common ice cube.• Striped Ice Cubes: More than just eye candy, these pretty cubes can even be made with alcohol. It adds another dimension to any cocktail!• Spherical Ice Cubes: These ice spheres are a bit more challenging to make (don’t even get us started on how to make the ice perfectly clear), but impressive nonetheless.
May 13, 2022
15 Cooking Projects for Your Holiday Vacation
While our focus is usually centered around the fastest way to get dinner on the table, we think it’s luxurious to have a few hours to just cook. Lucky enough to have more than a few days off? Why not try several projects? We’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite projects for an afternoon or snowy weekend. Let’s get cooking! 1. Bake bread: Once a common task, few of us make bread daily (or even monthly!) these days.
May 12, 2022
No Utensils: Tips on Appetizer-Ready Portions Without Toothpicks
Want to serve your favorite salad as an appetizer but don’t want people walking around balancing a fork and knife? Or scanning the room for a place to stash a used toothpick? Almost any food can be transformed to appetizer-ready individual portions with a few tricks.Here are a few edible vehicles for serving appetizers. Your food will look more sophisticated and you’ll reduce the waste generated by paper cups and toothpicks (hold off on eliminating napkins, however!).
May 12, 2022
Pickling Primer: How To Get Started!
Pickling involves little more than marinating vegetables over time. How much time depends on the method. And for new picklers, the best way to try it out is through refrigerator pickling. You don’t need a garden’s worth of vegetables or canning equipment – just pick a vegetable (or several), add spices and brine, and into the fridge it goes. Best eaten within a week or two, this method is your answer for quick and fresh pickled fare. 1.
May 12, 2022
Gluten-Free Recipe: Braised White Beans
Now, more than six years later, is considered one of the top blogs on celiac disease, and on food in general. Her second book, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, continues her culinary path with pages of recipes, gluten-free tips, and many manifestations of her love for food. Reading Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef as just a cookbook is like watching a football game to check out the uniforms – you’d miss the whole point!
May 12, 2022
Dinner Parties for Beginners: Potluck Tips
1. Set a theme. Hosting a Harry Potter dinner may not inspire your not-so-foodie friend to step up the hummus she’s picking up from the store, but others may surprise you with homemade Butter Beer2. Have guests commit to a course. The cardinal sin of potluck parties is a dinner table loaded only with three kinds of hummus, four salsas, and chips.
May 12, 2022
Stocking Up for Nice Weather: Five Dishes to Cook and Freeze Now
I’ve been in a cooking frenzy lately, spending full weekend afternoons making pot pies and cheesecake. However, at the first sign of warm weather this week I couldn’t get out of the house fast enough. So I’m taking advantage of the rain forecasted this weekend to fill my freezer with easy to reheat dishes for when I’d rather read a book outside than stand at the stove.1.
May 11, 2022
Buttery Scrambled Eggs with a Crunch: Ruth Reichl’s Matzo Brei
Any fan of the former Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl knows of her kitchen staple: matzo brei. She included the recipe in Gourmet‘s cookbooks as well as in her own books. But have you tried it? The ultimate in simple comfort food, the dish was also one of the only foods her young son would eat growing up.Although the name sounds less-than-simple, matzo brei couldn’t be easier to make.
Sep 30, 2020
Vegan Party (or Anytime!) Snack: Za’atar Popcorn
Za’atar is a spice I only discovered after I had been eating it for years. My favorite pita shop in Syracuse, NY sold this amazing pita bread with spices and olive oil on top. The day I realized those spices were za’atar was the day I started making the pita at home (sorry El Saha!). Then I couldn’t help but add za’atar to everything!Za’atar can refer to both an herb and a blend of spices.
Feb 5, 2020
Recipe: Cheesy Vegan Kale Chips
I tried to make kale chips a few years ago when a friend told me how much she swears by this simple, healthy snack. A bad oven and an impatient cook (guilty!) burned them just a little bit. And you know what? They were terrible! But after tasting some incredibly flavored dehydrated kale chips, I made it my mission to try again to make them successfully at home — but without a dehydrator. And this time, it worked! Here’s your ticket to healthy-style Doritos. Seriously.
Feb 5, 2020
This Veggie-Packed Italian Soup Is So Satisfying
Ribollita is the Tuscan soup that will cure your winter blues.
Feb 3, 2020
Weeknight Meal Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken Stew with Cinnamon Couscous
This recipe is my go-to meal for nights when I want to cook but I don’t want it to take all night. Filled with flavor, you’d never think that cooking time is only 20 minutes. And it has another key time-saving secret! That’s right: rotisserie chicken! Picking up a freshly roasted chicken and pulling the meat off the bones results in chicken that tastes like it’s been stewing all day. And you usually can even do this without a knife.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Quick Salmon & Couscous with Cilantro Vinaigrette
This dish will officially cure you of boring weeknight chicken blues. Not only does the recipe come together incredibly quickly (like, 15 minutes!), but it’s something I’d order in a restaurant, and at a fraction of the price. The vinaigrette adds a fresh, bright flavor to otherwise bland couscous and scallions provide a satisfying green crunch to buttery smooth salmon. This recipe is the result of a mostly lazy attempt on my part to incorporate more fish into my diet.
Jan 29, 2020
How to Make (and Freeze!) Individual Chicken Pot Pies
Having an individual pot pie in the freezer makes for a perfect week night dinner this time of year. Use a rainy Sunday to put together a few of these, and you’ll be set until spring!
Jan 29, 2020
Summer Entertaining Recipe: Turkey Pesto Meatballs with Homemade Tomato Sauce
Here’s why you need to serve meatballs in the summer: they come together quickly, reheat in a flash, and make the perfect potluck dish. These meatballs are lighter than the traditional beef variety and burst with a kick of pesto flavor and Parmesan. Served with an incredibly easy homemade tomato sauce and individual toothpicks, they’ll be your entertaining staple year round.When hosting a big crowd, I tend to bulk up on the number of dishes to serve for appetizers.
Jan 29, 2020
Witches’ Brew: Halloween Punch for Everyone
Growing up, we had a close family friend who would turn out the creepiest witches’ brew, and it’s something I looked forward to every year. She served hers in a big black cauldron surrounded by mouse traps, severed heads, and creepy crawly bugs. Kids would squirm while she asked if they wanted witches eyes, teeth, veins, and earthworms in their drink. This version includes a spiced syrup, which brings a fall ginger and clove flavor to the drink.
Jan 29, 2020
Fresh Fall Snack Recipe: Za’atar Pita Chips with Yogurt Dip
Are your snacks and hors d’oeuvres starting to feel a little stale? This fast take on homemade pita chips will blow bagged varieties out of the kitchen. Just a few minutes in the oven and you’ll be cured of snack boredom. The most difficult part of this recipe involves splitting open pita pockets, and even that doesn’t have to be perfect.
Jan 28, 2020
Recipe: Graham Cracker Crusted and Pistachio Flecked Cheese Torte
This old fashioned version of a cheesecake has been a staple in my family for as long as I’ve been alive. The filling is less sweet than most cheesecakes, but the sugared graham cracker crust makes up for it. However, when I finally looked my old family recipe up in a cookbook, I was surprised at what I found.The first time I attempted my grandmother’s infamous cheese torte, I was astonished her recipe card actually yielded an edible product.
Jan 21, 2020
Operation Cupcake: How A Recipe Fought Terrorism
When British intelligence agents hacked into the website of an Al-Qaeda magazine, they did more than just delete pro-terrorism articles. The MI6 team (the UK’s version of the CIA) replaced bomb making instructions with instructions of a sweeter nature: recipes for mojito and rocky road cupcakes.The recipe, which was once featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show, originated from an Ohio bakery. When the staff first heard the news they were shocked.
Jan 21, 2020
5-Ingredient Soup Recipe: Turkey Avgolemono Soup
Do you have leftover turkey stock in the freezer? Maybe from Thanksgiving? This version of the classic Greek avgolemono soup made with turkey is the ultimate comfort food — creamy, full of tender rice and shredded turkey, and with the perfect lemony bite. And it only takes five ingredients. I imagine you have most of them in your fridge or pantry right now.
Nov 20, 2019
Look! Magic Mushroom Caprese Salad
We saw this cute preparation of the Italian classic caprese salad and couldn’t help but share it. As you may be able to guess, these so-called magic mushrooms have a secret!These look just like mushrooms but they are formed using the classic elements of a caprese salad: mozzarella bases, basil greenery, and cherry tomato caps. We can’t wait to try them out at our next summer party!
Sep 12, 2019
5 Ways to Use Spent Vanilla Beans
Cooking with real vanilla beans is a beautiful thing; I love the flecks of vanilla flavor and scraping the concentrated vanilla seeds out of the fragrant beans. But after paying up for the real things, the last thing I want to do is throw away the scraped-out pod. Good news — there are plenty of uses for these spent beans, which still contain tons of great vanilla flavor. Vanilla sugar – Stash spent vanilla beans in a canister of sugar to give it a subtle vanilla flavor.
Sep 12, 2019
Beyond Lemon: 3 More Fruit Curds to Try
Summer has finally arrived and now, instead of wondering when all the fresh fruit will show up at the market, you may find yourself wondering just what to do with it all. Sure, jams and pies are great this time of year, but what about making fruit curd? Yes, you can make it with more than just lemon! Read on for some fresh fruit curd ideas. To create a fruit curd, you need little more than an acidic fruit, egg yolks, sugar, and butter.
Sep 11, 2019
Freezer Friendly: Caramelized Onions
The whole point of freezing things is to have ingredients on hand right when need them. If you haven’t heard it before, caramelized onions freeze wonderfully well and are great flavor boosters for almost any food. Read on for freezing tips and quick fix uses!Caramelizing onions sounds like more of a process than it really is. Onions practically do it on their own if left alone in a pan.
Sep 11, 2019
How To Make Halloween Pumpkin Cookies
While there’s no shortage of Halloween recipes floating around these days, in order to make the cut in my household, I aim for delicious first and cute second. These pumpkin sandwich cookies hit all the delicious marks — they’re made with both real pumpkin and pumpkin spice, they’re perfectly soft, and they sandwich quite nicely with chocolate frosting. And could they be any cuter? Cutting out jack-o’-lantern faces makes these bake-sale-adorable, for sure.
Jun 8, 2019
How to Pop Popcorn on the Stove
Making fresh popcorn is one of those easy but magical acts in the eyes of those who have never tried it. Try this method and you’ll never buy microwave popcorn again. Use a heavy-bottomed pot deep enough to accommodate the popped corn (or it will blow the lid off!).Ingredients3 tablespoons peanut oil1/2 cup popcorn kernels EquipmentHeavy-bottomed pot with lid 1. Add the oil to a heavy-bottomed pot over medium high heat.2. Add three kernels.3.
Jun 5, 2019
How Long to Cook Vegetables: A Beginner’s Guide to Preparation Times
When it comes to vegetables, I tend to stick to a routine. Roasted Brussels sprouts tonight, sautéed broccoli tomorrow. Do you ever gaze across the produce in the grocery store or the farmer’s market and wonder how you’d prepare something new? Look no further. Here’s a beginner’s guide to proper preparation times.If you’re new to the kitchen or trying to shake things up a little, it’s helpful to know which vegetables cook in a similar manner.
Jun 5, 2019
Seize the Season! 5 Tips for Preserving Fresh Vegetables in the Freezer
Love to buy loads of fresh veggies at the farmers’ market but can’t always use them up in time? Look to your freezer for help! However, it’s not as simple as throwing a few tomatoes in the freezer; there are techniques that vastly improve the thawed product. Read on for tips!In general, just plopping fresh veggies in the freezer results in rather sad, limp results once thawed. Why?
Jun 5, 2019
Heart Attack Free Diet: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Advice
Did you catch CNN’s special on the heart attack proof diet Sunday night? Dr. Sanjay Gupta profiled several Americans who were at risk or had already experienced a heart attack, including President Bill Clinton, and came to a singular conclusion: heart disease is essentially a foodborne illness. And some doctors believe one specific diet is the cure. You’ve probably heard that President Bill Clinton has drastically changed his diet as of late.
May 30, 2019
3 Great iPhone Apps for Menu Planning
As much as I’d like to believe otherwise, I’m practically glued to my iPhone. I use it to schedule workouts, book restaurant reservations, and to check into my flights, so why not utilize it for meal planning as well? I don’t use a central method for organizing my recipes, so I had been skeptical of meal planning apps and thought I would need an organizational overhaul before signing up. However, I took the plunge on three apps I found to be easy to jump right into.
May 30, 2019
Zipzicles Help You Make Popsicles in a Pinch (Even In a Tiny Kitchen)
Item: Zipzicles Price: $2.99 for 12 on Amazon Overall Impression: Great alternative to popsicle molds; perfect for parties, kids, and one-off freezing herbs and leftover smoothies. I’ve owned popsicle molds on at least two separate occasions. I used them once or twice and they gradually made their way to the back of my cupboard, only to be rediscovered again on my next apartment move.
May 30, 2019
After Dinner Treat: Espresso Chocolates From Italy
Do you like espresso? And dark chocolate? Together? These are the questions a friend asked before placing a retro-looking wrapped candy in my palm. I unwrapped it, ready to take a bite, when she just about knocked the piece of chocolate out of my hand. You can’t just bite into half of Pocket Coffee, for one crucial reason.Pocket Coffee, made by Italian chocolatier Ferrero (yes, of Ferrero Rocher), is unlike any other coffee-flavored chocolate I’ve tried.
May 24, 2019