I started my recipe blog Coconut & Lime
in 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, 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.
I have developed recipes and provided copy for many companies.
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, 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 among other national companies and brands.
I had a seasonal food column in Taste of the Bay Magazine for several years.
I was judge for the 2019 IACP cookbook awards, helping choose the single-subject cookbook winner.
I’ve written several cookbooks:
I also love to talk about and share food:
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 have a book blog: Rachel Reads Books
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