About Rachel


I’m Rachel Rappaport and welcome to my blog!
I started my recipe blog Coconut & Lime way back in the dark ages of 2004 as a way to keep track of recipes I created and to share them with friends. It turned out to be one of the very first food blogs and helped me evolve from home cook to full-time professional recipe developer, copywriter,  food columnist, and cookbook author.  In addition to my passion for creating recipes the average person can make at home, I  have a great interest in regional foods and food history and love to share this information with others. In fact, I have a BA in History (focusing on the socio-economic growth of cities) and MA in Education.


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I have developed recipes and provided copy for many companies.
I have developed dozens of recipes for General Mills over the years. Look for my recipes on their Betty Crocker, Pillsbury,  Old El Paso, Live Better America, and Yoplait websites.
Over the years I have 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, Imperial Sugar, Divine Chocolate, La Paloma Gourmet, Hidden Valley Ranch, Food Lion Supermarkets, Thrive™ Algae Oil, Martin’s Potato Rolls, Siggi’s Yogurt, Finlandia cheese (and butter!), and McCormick spices.
I contributed many articles to Parade.com. Check my posts out here!

I had a seasonal food column in Taste of the Bay Magazine for several years.

I was a judge for the 2019 IACP cookbook awards.


I’ve written several cookbooks: 
My newest cookbook, Cooking with Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce: Delicious Recipes That Bring the Heat is available at local book stores, on Amazon in both hardback and Kindle editions and at Barnes and Noble in both hardback and NOOK editions.
My first cookbook,  Everything Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbookfeatures 300  new recipes from a wide range of cuisines and absolutely no canned soup. It is available on Amazon.com and  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 also love to talk about and share food:
I co-hosted the 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 meetups.
I’ve done live cooking segments on our local news morning shows.
I talked about rhubarb on NPR.
I judged the Ghirardelli chocolate contest at the Maryland State Fair.
I have an Aldi fan blog, Attention Aldi Shoppers
I am active on social media:
Coconut & Lime’s Facebook Fan Page
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