About Rachel

Welcome to Coconut & Lime! I'm Rachel Rappaport, 7th generation Baltimorean, food lover turned recipe developer and dog owner.

A little bit about me: 

I wasn't always a food writer and recipe developer. I actually have a BA in Urban History and MA in Education. I started Coconut & Lime in 2004 as a way to keep track of recipes I made and to share them with friends. I am now a full time recipe blogger, professional recipe developer, food columnist,  cookbook author and amateur food photographer.

All of the recipes that appear on this site are my own original recipes created right here in my small kitchen in Baltimore City. No recipes from magazines, newspapers, books or blogs ever appear on Coconut & Lime.

And, yes, we actually eat the food I made, normally about 2 minutes after I snap a picture!

I have developed many recipes for General Mills. Look for them on the Betty Crocker, Pillsbury,  Old El Paso, Live Better America, and Yoplait websites.

I've also developed recipes for Dole, the National Mango Board, OXO, the Shrimp Council, Eastern Fish Company, CajunCrawfish.com, Love Beets,  Bahlsen, Vlasic, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Hellman's/Best Foods, Lipton, Lay's, Musselman's Apple Butter, and McCormick  among other national companies and brands.

I am a contributor to Parade.com. Check my posts out here!

My cookbooks:

My newest cookbook, Cooking with Frank's RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce: Delicious Recipes That Bring the Heat is out now! It is available at local book stores, on Amazon in both hardback and Kindle editions and Barnes and Noble in both hardback and NOOK editions.

My first cookbook,  Everything Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook features 300  new recipes from a wide range of cuisines and absolutely no canned soup. It is shipping out now from Amazon.com and is available in bookstores worldwide.

My second cookbook, Everything Whole Foods Cookbook, featuring 300 new recipes using whole ingredients,  is available in stores and online now.

I contributed recipes and wrote the opening chapters to The Big Book of Slow Cooker Recipes and The Big Book of Vegetarian Recipes

I contributed several recipes to  Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy and  Ramps: Cooking with the Best Kept Secret of the Appalachian Trail which are available now!

A few more facts about me:

I co-hosted the 2010 McCormick Spice Flavor Forcast webshow with Top Chef's Richard Blais.

I was on a reality show hosted by Andrew Dan-Jumbo.

I organized Baltimore's First Cupcake Camp and several Baltimore Food Blogger meet ups.

I did a live cooking segment about  bananas on Fox 45 Baltimore on behalf of Dole.

I talked about rhubarb on NPR.

I judged the Ghirardelli chocolate contest at the Maryland State Fair.

I love to can and create new recipes using what I canned.

I don't eat ketchup, pumpkin pie or cantaloupe.

I love hearing from readers! E-mail me with any questions.

Social Media:

Coconut & Lime's Facebook Fan Page
My Google+ Page
Follow me on Twitter where I mostly talk about food, pop culture and my dogs.
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The Coconut & Lime flickr group has pictures of food made from recipes found here.