Alice K. Thompson

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November 16, 2014 @ Whole Story
Here’s a good guide for getting all the important things done on time, in style, with minimal stress. We can all give thanks for that!
November 11, 2014 @ Whole Story
If your group is like mine this Thanksgiving, it’s probably going to have a number of friends and family with special diets. As of right now I’m counting two vegetarians, someone who needs to watch their sodium, someone who prefers gluten-free dishes and someone (that would be me!) who hopes to keep their health goals in check. So here’s the challenge: Getting a meal on the table that has something for everyone but still hits the holiday flavor and comfort notes we know and love.
July 8, 2014 @ Whole Story
You don’t have to turn your kitchen into a steaming canning factory to preserve great summer fruits and veggies. Anyone can tackle easy preserving projects like freezing, drying and pickling on a relaxingly small scale.
June 24, 2014 @ Whole Story
Parboiling can actually add flavor, plus speed your grilling time, reduce flare-ups and increase moisture and tenderness. Best of all, it can take a lot of guesswork out of that eternal question “Is it done yet?”
June 10, 2014 @ Whole Story
Love cooking a whole chicken, but wondering how to do it quickly and easily on the grill? Wonder no more! The answer is spatchcocking, a simple technique that requires just a pair of poultry shears or heavy kitchen scissors and less than 5 minutes of your time.
June 3, 2014 @ Whole Story
Starters, sides and even desserts can all be grilled over the same fire you light for your main course. It’s fun and delicious, with the added bonus that you can step outside and stay outside for a whole glorious summer evening.
May 27, 2014 @ Whole Story
We’re finally heading into grilling season, so it’s a good time to step away from the fire and take a good look at marinades before proceeding. What do they do best? What don’t they do so well? And how long should foods marinate? Here’s a quick rundown.
January 15, 2014 @ Whole Story
Even if you say no to dairy, you’ll say yes these rich, creamy and good-for-you alternatives to cream. Take a look at how to make cashew cream and more!
January 10, 2014 @ Whole Story
Collards, kale and other dark, leafy greens are a surprisingly delicious alternative to wheat wraps. They’re healthy, gluten-free, fat-free and add a lot of character to wrap recipes.
October 18, 2013 @ Whole Story
Whether rich and luxurious or simple and sustaining, soup is one of the most popular meals on the planet. It’s my go-to lunch three seasons of the year, often consisting of no more than a variety of leftovers from the fridge anchored by a flavorful broth and spiked with a shot of hot sauce. Delicious! What ingredients make for an excellent soup? A selection of seasonal vegetables are always a hit, as are hearty whole grains and a variety of fresh (or leftover!) proteins. Beyond that, here are my top suggestions for outfitting your pantry.
October 15, 2013 @ Whole Story
“Convenient” may be the word most often associated with slow cookers (a.k.a. crock pots), but “creative” should be right up there, too. Sure, it simmers and bubbles while we work, play or sleep, but I no longer look at it as a one-trick pony. Here’s my advice on the basics, plus some suggestions for working it deliciously (and inventively!) into your everyday cooking.
July 18, 2013 @ Whole Story
Whether sweet and chocolaty, delicate and creamy or bursting with ripe fruit, summer’s best desserts should come together with minimal heat and sweat. Keep a few versatile ingredients on hand and it’s easy to transform great fruits or simple ice creams or sorbets into celebrations. Here are my six top picks for indulging:
June 26, 2013 @ Whole Story
Having a pantry of flavorful ingredients on hand to throw together for homemade rubs and marinades is a summer necessity. Here are our top picks for filling out your shelves.
July 10, 2012 @ Whole Story
Get it while it’s here! Nova Scotia’s harpoon fleet was the first swordfish fishery to be certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. Harpooners bring us fresh swordfish for just a few weeks each summer, so now is the time to get cooking with this legendary fish. Want to learn more?
June 7, 2011 @ Whole Story
Exploring lesser-known cuts of beef can be a rewarding culinary adventure — one that saves you a few bucks, too. Try these recipe ideas for uncommon cuts with uncommonly good results.

Alice has been cooking, baking and paging through cookbooks since as early as she can remember. A former travel editor, she swooned when she found out that “food writer” and “recipe developer” were actual job titles and quickly enrolled in culinary school. She lives and works in Brooklyn.