Dairy-free cookies for a cause
December 2nd, 2011
07:45 PM ET
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What a sweet start to the season! Our colleagues at CNN.com HQ in Atlanta went spatula to spatula in an all-out brawl for holiday cookie supremacy.

Husband and wife team Etan Horowitz (@etanowitz) and Daphne Sashin (@dsashin) won the CNN.com charity bake-off with their dairy-free adaptation of Maida Heatter’s “Grandma’s Gingersnaps.”

Staffers cast votes using dollar bills to indicate their favorites, and all cash went toward the Adopt-a-Family drive, buying gifts for two families of five this year - a mother and her four children, as well as a refugee family from Bhutan.
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Spouse vs Spouse: Chili cook-off
November 25th, 2011
02:45 PM ET
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Welcome to round four of Spouse vs. Spouse, a series in which a couple of married food freaks, CNN’s Brandon and Kristy Griggs, square off in their Atlanta kitchen for culinary bragging rights – and invite you to weigh in too.

In each installment, Kristy and Brandon will each cook a creative variation on the same ingredient or dish – everything from pasta to seafood to cocktails to desserts. We’ll serve both versions anonymously to our friends, who will then judge which one they like better and why. We’ll walk you through our kitchen process, bring the husband-and-wife smack talk and, of course, keep score. We’ll also share our recipes here so that you can try them for yourself.

Our theme: Chili
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Spouse vs Spouse: a chicken kerfuffle
August 19th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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This is the debut of Spouse vs Spouse, a series in which a couple of married food freaks, CNN’s Brandon and Kristy Griggs, square off in their Atlanta kitchen for culinary bragging rights - and invite you to weigh in too. Spouse vs Spouse is a combination of three things: cooking, competitiveness and long-term cohabitation (we’d say life-term, but that sounds more like a prison sentence, discuss).

Here’s how it works: In each installment, Kristy and Brandon will each cook a creative variation on the same ingredient or dish – everything from pasta to seafood to cocktails to desserts. We’ll serve both versions anonymously to our friends, who will then judge which one they like better and why. We’ll walk you through our kitchen process, bring the husband-and-wife smack talk and, of course, keep score. We’ll also share our recipes here so that you can try them for yourself.

Most of all, we hope to have fun improving our culinary skills, serving fine meals to (or at least not poisoning) our rotating panel of Padmas, Gails and Toms, and bringing the results to you.

OK, enough polite chit-chat. Let’s do this.
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Attack of the 4'2" chef
January 26th, 2011
07:00 AM ET
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Cara Reedy is an Executive Assistant at CNN. We pretty much couldn't do anything without her.

Living in New York City has its challenges, not the least of which is apartment size. With these tiny apartments come teeny tiny kitchens - which are manageable if all the “cooking” you are going to do is make a bowl of cereal or an occasional pasta dish.

Every New York home cook has their own way of dealing with the space issue. Most kitchens are built using all the available vertical space. Mine is no exception. What seems high to most people is actually towering for me. I'm only 4'2".

To put it into perspective, the counters in my current apartment come to my shoulders. I have always had to use a stool, but this kitchen is sort of ridiculous. The bottoms of my top cabinets are at least five feet off the ground. My average height friends have difficulty in my kitchen.
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