Lisa loves writing unexpected stories on everything from style to music, but her first love is food. When she isn't at her writing desk, you'll find her in the kitchen, whipping up a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies.

7 Times Julia Child Was A Total BAMF

There are badasses of the roundhouse-kicking, bomb-dismantling, world-saving type — and then, there’s Julia Child. Most of us know her best as the sometimes clumsy, always charming host of the cooking show our mothers used to watch, but let’s be real…
By Lisa Siva

15 Delicious Ways to Use Up Thanksgiving Turkey

Gird your loins, my friends. Thanksgiving came and went — and just when you thought this holiday business was done, it’s time to face your biggest challenge yet: Finishing the leftovers. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good turkey sandwich every now an…
By Lisa Siva

9 Genius Pie Toppings for Thanksgiving

Pie, we’ve done you wrong. Ever year, despite all the glorious, mind-blowing pie toppings the world has to offer, we inevitably slap you with vanilla ice cream. And not even the homemade kind, either — just a scoop of store-bought stuff, left to melt…
By Lisa Siva

11 Ridiculously Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Turkey is the diva of your Thanksgiving table. It may not look like much, but this little bird is more demanding than Beyoncé on a world tour. It needs to be thawed, brined, and basted — and if you pull it out of the oven five degrees too late? May t…
By Lisa Siva

9 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Guy Fawkes Day

I know what you’re thinking. Bonfire Night is about a man who tried to blow up Parliament. We remember his execution. We burn his effigy. Is this really a time to be eating? Look at it this way: Across the Atlantic, people will be lighting giant bonf…
By Lisa Siva

How to Eat Dessert for Breakfast

I admire people who eat egg whites in the morning. They’re the same people who choose turkey bacon over pork belly, who have the incredible willpower to resist chocolate at all hours of the day. But let’s be honest: For all the sprouted this and omeg…
By Lisa Siva

How to Bake Every Kind of Cake

When it comes to cake, the answer is always yes. Should you bake one today? Of course. Is it responsible to have the leftovers for breakfast tomorrow? Obviously. Should you make it in a mug because it’s midnight and everyone else is asleep? Get it, g…
By Lisa Siva

How to Make the Most of Leftover Halloween Candy

Tell me I’m not the only one who’s sick of Halloween candy. I know, I know — the nerve! The heresy! Who am I to speak of our beloved candy corn like that? But let’s face it: There are really only so many ways you can shovel Reese’s pieces into your m…
By Lisa Siva

How to Cook Everything in a Cast Iron Skillet

There is only one thing you need to know about home cooks: Never mess with our cast iron skillets. Seriously. Don’t touch them. Don’t look at them. And please, don’t even think about washing them. If we seem a little protective, it’s with good reas…
By Lisa Siva

How to Master the Meringue

If you ask me, meringues defy all logic. They’re finicky and airy — but however much they look like dollops of whipped cream, let us not forget that they are fluffy egg whites at heart. That’s just plain weird. Here’s the thing, though: Meringues are…
By Lisa Siva

11 Unbelievably Easy Recipes Starring Puff Pastry

Are you sitting down? Good. Because I say never mind the farmers' market — you should be shopping the freezer section more often. Sure, it’s the place where you usually find soggy waffles. And OK, it’s mostly reserved for those of us who have given u…
By Lisa Siva

How to DIY Your Halloween Candy

Remember the best part about trick or treating? If you ask me, it wasn’t the costumes or pumpkins or even the copious amounts of Halloween candy you scavenged from your neighbors. Instead, it was the moment after, when you dumped your candy on the fl…
By Lisa Siva

9 Genius Hot Chocolate Toppings

When I dream of parties, they usually involve hot chocolate. I imagine the most adorable set of mugs, cocoa by the keg, and decorative gourds for days. Taylor Swift may or may not be the guest of honor. But most importantly, in this dream hot chocola…
By Lisa Siva

Meet Chai, the New Pumpkin Spice

I’ve just about had it with fall. The past few months have been one long apple-picking, cider-brewing, pumpkin-eating love fest — but enough is enough. If you’re like me and are one decorative gourd away from losing it, allow me to introduce your new…
By Lisa Siva

How to Cook Everything with Bacon

On these cold autumn mornings, there’s only one thing that gets me out of bed: Bacon. And none of that turkey business, either — I’m talking about a perfectly porky, crispy bacon strip or five, still sizzling and filling the kitchen with smoky goodne…
By Lisa Siva

9 Essential Breads You Should Know How to Bake

Think of the most glorious thing you’ve ever eaten. Was it your first bite of pork belly? Maybe the Cronut you waited hours in line for? Whatever your answer, it’s not as good as homemade bread. Period. End of story. I don’t care if you’ve eaten at E…
By Lisa Siva

Celebrate Pear Season with These 11 Juicy Recipes

Between all this talk of apple pies, apple picking, and apple cider, you’d think there was only one fruit in season these days. What about the figs? The grapes? And most importantly: Where are our beautiful, juicy pears? If apples are the it fruit of…
By Lisa Siva

9 Glorious Ways to Celebrate Fluffernutter Day

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who still eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — and those who have seen the way of the fluffernutter. Don’t laugh. Fluffernutters are half peanut butter, half marshmallow, and entirely serious bus…
By Lisa Siva

Is Caramel the New Pumpkin Spice?

Like most great romances, a love affair with caramel is never easy. On the best of days, your caramel recipe will bubble and froth like Mount Vesuvius. It will splatter you with hot sugar; it will bring you to your knees and make you weep on the kitc…
By Lisa Siva

9 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Mad Hatter Day

It's Mad Hatter Day, which means this is not your ordinary tea party. Maybe you imagined a dainty little thing: You'd put on your best dress, you'd curtsy, and you'd dine on crumpets and cakes small enough to fit in the palm of your gloved hand. It w…
By Lisa Siva