Rachel Rappaport started blogging four years ago to share her recipes with friends. Though she was trained as a school teacher, the 28-year-old Lauraville resident has a natural skill in the kitchen and a desire to let others in on her cooking secrets....November 2007 cover story in Style Magazine.
Each month, 100,000 unique visitors click over to see what she's making. When she's not typing up her recipes for things like her award winning tangerine dream cookies or pumpkin swirl brownies, she's trying to respond to the approximately 100 e-mails readers send her each day. She has won numerous cooking and blogging awards and has been interviewed by major media outlets on everything from seasonal produce to recipe copyright laws.
"Since 2004, Rappaport’s blog has become one of the top 20 food blogs in the nation, receiving about 50,000 visitors* each month and as many as 3,000 hits per day. People don’t visit to hear Rappaport wax poetic about a plum. They come because several times each week, she posts new, original recipes illustrated with food-porn quality photos. Hers is one of the few food blogs on the Web that features only original recipes. And there’s no pretentious foodspeak. She’s as down-to-earth as that other Rachael who cooks— her ingredients are mostly items you can pull from your cupboards and her recipes aren’t complicated or time-consuming— but not so annoyingly perky. "
Appearances & Interviews:
I co-hosted McCormick’s 2010 Flavor Forecast live webcast with Top Chef's Richard Blais.
I appeared on Electric Waist’s Daily Special 4/18/08.
I talked about slow cooking on a BakeSpace.com's live Google Plus Hangouts.
WPYR’s Maryland Morning. Listen to the interview here.
Two of my recipes appeared in Betty Crocker: Appetizers, Salads, & Bars magazine.
My original recipe for green tea (matcha) marshmallows appeared in the Baltimore Sun. Read the article here and check out the how-to photo gallery featuring me making the marshmallows.
The Washington Post wrote an article about the Smearcase recipe I developed.
Gourmet Live interviewed me about my blog.
Paula Deen's Real Women of Philadelphia interviewed me about my blog.
Delish.com named Coconut & Lime one of the 14 best cooking blogs of the moment.
Fox Magazine wrote about my original recipe for Twinkies and my recipe for Swedish Meatballs. They also featured my Nutella Cheesecake Squares recipe in a round up about Nutella.
Coconut & Lime has been featured in the Boston Globe, St. Petersburg Gazette, Seattle Weekly, Deseret Morning News, Mississippi's Sun Herald, the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post. The News-Sentinel had a whole article about Coconut & Lime.
Washington Post website, Cooling off with Hot Food Writers.
The Boston Globe had this to say about Coconut & Lime "Talent for Asian cuisine, The "my thoughts" section of most entries is often useful."
Featured on Slashfood, Blogher, eGullet, Tipnut TasteSpotting, Cupcakes Take the Cake, Family Oven, The Kitchn FoodCandy, and has been Feedster’s feed of the day.
In the July/August 2008 issue of Figure Magazine there is a a mention of Coconut & Lime and one of Rachel's original recipes: blueberry-ginger granita.
The Washington Post's food blog, All We Can Eat, featured Rachel's apple cider doughnut recipe in a post about apple cider doughnuts.
Reader Digest's website featured my Chipotle Hummus
The Cooking Channel blog featured my Cincinnati Chili recipe
FineCooking.com loves my S'mores cookies
iVillage featured my Hawaiian-Style Pork Burgers
Whole Food's Whole Story blog featured my Fresh Cherry Mascarpone Waffles
The Food Network's FN Dish food blog featured my Zucchini-Carrot Bread
The Kitchn has featured Rachel's Zydeco Beans, Balsamic Glazed Almonds, Lemongrass-Tofu Kabobs, Absinthe Cupcakes, Salmon & Pea Risotto and sour cherry cookies.
Gourmet Live likes my pickles and Grilled Land and Sea Salad with Grilled Croutons
Canning Across America featured my Smokin' Hot Pickled Okra, Pickled Asparagus, Grapefruit Segments in Star Anise & Vanilla Bean Syrup, and Spiced Pickled Cherries
Slashfood loves my deviled eggs, Seven Spice Slaw, Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball, Butternut Squash Lasagna, Pear Butter, guacamole, Hawaiian Hamburger Rolls, Abstinthe Cupcakes, and Chocodiles
Many examples of my food photography can be found on Tastespotting
MSN's Delish.com named Coconut & Lime one of the top 50 food blogs in the world. Check out the whole list here.
Winner Best Original Recipes- 2006 Food Blog Awards
Winner2007 Halloween Bake Off- BakeSpace.com (winning entry-pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies)
Lovely Leftovers Winner-"Whether they liked liver or not, our bloggers agreed that one of the best (and equally creative) uses for turkey we saw was the chopped turkey liverover at Coconut and Lime." -Slashfood
Food Blog of the Week at This Mama Cooks "All recipes at Coconut & Lime are the original creations of the author. (How many of us food bloggers can say that?) The blog features great pictures in a clean and attractive blog design. The writing is excellent, especially the "My thoughts" feature where Rachel gives insight into her cooking experience."
Featured Food Bloggerat FamilyOven.com
Dessert of the day at Desserts Magazine "Heart of Darkness Cheesecake"
Winner of the annual Baltimore Sun Cookie Contest for her recipe for Tangerine Dream Cookies in 2006.
2007 and 2008 Weblog Awards Finalist for best food blog.
One of Saveur Magazine's Sites We Loveand was featured in their enewsletter
One of Blogs.com Top 10 Blogs Young Couples Should Read
One of nine finalists in the Pom Recipe Contest (pomegranate pulled pork with chipotle pomegranate barbecue sauce) watch the tasting here.
Finalist/Honorable mention in several The Kitchn recipe contests: Green Tomato Roasted Poblano Chili, Intensely Dark Chocolate Ice Box Cookies, Ovaline Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream