Sunday, June 26, 2022

Food Savvy


Sarah Kurysz has been in the kitchen since she was a child, where she gained a love of the culinary arts from her mother. Her career as a chef has taken her from mom and pop bakeries in Boston to being the culinary events coordinator for Whole Foods Markets Midwest region. Family brought her and her husband to the Richmond area in 2016. Whether it's a meal for friends and family around a fire pit or a five-course dinner for hundreds, Sarah brings the same passion and attention to every dish she creates.

Stop and taste the roses: Rose butter is butter, but better

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  Let’s talk about butter. If you are a butter lover such as myself and you have never had homemade butter, your culinary horizons are about to broaden. Making butter...

Sweet, tart and upside-down: Citrusy-caramel flavor is top billing in this fruity cake

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Most of you have heard of pineapple upside-down cake, but upside-down cakes are a fantastic way to showcase nearly any fruit. The combination of butter, sugar and fruits in the...

Just roll with it: Lamb lumpia rolls pack all the flavor of gyro in a dippable snack

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Food trends are some of the most fun trends to watch. In the ’50s and ’60s, the trend was to make everything possible in gelatin, and usually with hotdogs. About...

Spring chicken: Discover the light, lemony pleasure of avgolemono

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Spring is a fantastic time to be in the kitchen. The promise of seasonal produce brings a renewed sense of creativity to my cooking. The changing weather (especially here in...

From Japan, with flavor: Exploring the robust, salty magic of miso toast

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Recipes are created in a variety of ways. There are generational favorites, passed down from kitchen to kitchen with well-worn hands teaching eager young ones the tricks of the trade....

Bringing back the bacon: A good old-fashioned candied bacon cocktail

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Some recipes stick around and resurface because they are just that good. Candied bacon is one such recipe, and it is here for round two as the finishing touch on...

Smoked salmon flatbread brings your favorite brunch flavors to the dinner table

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We all have foods we’ve avoided since childhood. Whether it’s a texture, a flavor or a dreaded weeknight dinner that was overserved to you growing up, these are ingredients that...

No-risk bisque: On cold days, this creamy vegetable soup hits the spot every time

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With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, it’s time to settle in for the quieter part of the year. It’s cold outside, some of us are hoping...

Forget sugar plums: Poached pears make this panna cotta tart the stuff of holiday dreams

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The holiday season inspires us to add some sparkle to our dinner table: superfluous flair only added for enhanced merriment. If you’re anything like me, your holiday baking goals far...

Sage advice: Enjoy the humble comfort of pumpkin gnocchi with sage and Parmesan

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Pasta will always have a special place in my collection of nostalgic comfort foods. Robust tomato sauce, decadent creamy cheese, lemon zest and spice or fragrant herbs, whatever your flavor...

Fennel for fall: Bring some flair to your Thanksgiving spread with this fennel and fig gratin

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After the last two years I am overwhelmingly excited to gather with friends and family this Thanksgiving. Even small get-togethers promising the faintest twinkle of holiday festivity are bringing joy...

Pork, peanuts and plantains – oh my

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If there’s one cut of meat that inspires maximum creativity in the kitchen, it just might be pork tenderloin. Tender and flavorful, with a form that lends itself to beautiful...

Aubergine dreams: Embrace the eggplant with hearty white bean caponata

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If you’re ever aiming to throw a delicious curve ball into your meal planning repertoire, I suggest looking to local favorites from across the globe for inspiration. Sometimes a little...

Celebrate fall good things with dark chocolate butterscotch pie

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The hint of autumn in the air always stimulates the senses and calls to mind the many flavors of fall. And what’s more autumnal than pie, with its buttery brown...

Make steak salad sing with honey chipotle vinaigrette

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The craze of copycat recipes is not a new one. I would hazard to guess that as soon as the first half-decent restaurant was established, some dazzled patron ran home...

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