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Cheryl Carlesimo
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Cheryl Carlesimo is one of ten children, wife, mother of twins, author, and independent producer of over a hundred Food Network programs. Cheryl is also the founder of, a grassroots online food community with the look and feel of a real world marketplace: YouTube meets FaceBook for Food where you can play a Food Trivia Game at the Games café and stop to hear music or screen a video at the coffee shop. Her film career began in Europe where she assisted French New Wave director, Eric Rohmer, and German director, Werner Schroeter, in feature film production. After returning to the US, she embarked on a free-lance career that began as the news footage researcher for the landmark HBO comedy show Not Necessarily the News. In 1991, Cheryl took a position in story development at Rabbit Ears Productions, the acclaimed children’s entertainment company where she ultimately became Vice President of Development and Creative Affairs.

In 1997 she co-founded Stone House Productions, a Connecticut based media production company that quickly became a boutique producer of non-fiction programming for cable and broadcast networks such as Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids, National Geographic, WGBH, NBC, and The Food Network. Food-related programs include Rachael Ray: Chefography and a number of prime time specials with Rachael Ray, Cooking Thin, Food 911 with Tyler Florence, and Ham on the Street with George Duran. went live in late spring 2009 and the hope is to create a community for food lovers everywhere to find a place to highlight their niche food interests and also to share treasured family recipes and memories. Lastly, Cheryl believes that no day is complete without a bowl of pasta.

Entries by Cheryl Carlesimo

The Season of the Blood Moon

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 5:56 PM

"We'll never again for the rest of our lives see a total eclipse of the moon on the same night as the closest approach of a bright planet like Mars." -- Astronomer Bob Berman

This is a very special season! The week of Passover for the Jewish community coincides with...

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Ode to Marcella Hazan

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 4:20 PM

Marcella Hazan died on Sunday, September 29 at her home in the Florida Keys. Her beloved husband, Victor, said: "She was the truest and the best, and so was her food." When I heard that she had died, I felt like I'd lost a family member. Julia Child called Marcella...

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'Tis the Season

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 12:46 PM

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,

Jack Frost nipping at your nose,

Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,

And folks dressed up like Eskimos

New York is alive with the holiday buzz: the tree and the skaters at Rockefeller Center, the bustle of the shoppers...

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Olympics and Food and Art

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 5:25 PM

The Summer Olympics are about to begin and this year they are being held in London for the third time and the first since the Post-War Games in 1948. Millions of spectators are traveling there to see 10,500 athletes from more than 200 nations compete in 32 sports at the...

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The Iconic Burger

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 1:46 PM

As Father's Day nears, grilling season is upon us. And just in time, our good friend and one of America's favorite cooks, Rachael Ray, has come out with her 20th cookbook, The Book of Burger. Her first single topic book covers in over 300 recipes "burger and his buddies --...

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Appetizers and Baseball, Anyone?

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 11:39 AM

What's better than grazing from a table of appetizers while chatting with friends and watching your favorite baseball team play? I've often said that I'm going to have a party and serve nothing but appetizers. Then, being Italian, I think about my six brothers all asking when the pasta is...

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Bellissimo Brunellos of Montalcino

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 11:56 AM

We are very fortunate to know the Italian hillside town of Montalcino in Tuscany through our dear friend, Rachael Ray, the cook, TV host, and writer. She was married there in a castle on a hillside overlooking the town. As many of you who follow her show and magazine know,...

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March Madness

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 1:20 PM

March Madness is a national phenomenon. Sports fans of all ages join in. It has everything: buzzer beaters; Cinderella stories; heartbreaking last second losses and hysterically happy upset wins. There are triple overtime games that end with young players sobbing on the bench into their towels, while the victors are...

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S'more Chocolate

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 2:27 PM

Every Valentine's Day, our thoughts turn to love, and flowers, and well, chocolate.

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!

Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts. Charles M. Shultz

What is it about chocolate that makes people feel so much better?...

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Time for Apple Picking

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 2:01 PM

Time for Apple Picking

We were very tired, we were very merry--
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry;
And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear,
From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere;


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Spring Means Soft-Shell Crabs

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 12:53 PM

in Just-

spring when the world is mud-luscious
-e.e. cummings.

It's May and spring has finally come. Spring means different things to different people. For me, it's being able to walk outside again and see the return of my favorite shore birds, the egrets and...

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Best Cheese Fondue Ever

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 4:33 PM

Okay, it's supposed to be springtime, and winter is just not over. What's up, Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck? You said winter was going to end in six weeks on Groundhog Day. I just looked up Phil's accuracy rate and it's only 39% since 1887, so I should've known....

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The Body Needs Burgers

(7) Comments | Posted February 19, 2011 | 4:10 PM

Every Presidents' Day holiday, I go through the same confusion of trying to figure out how they pick the date. It's not Lincoln's birthday, or Washington's, but it is definitely closer to our first president so I guess that's my answer. That old seniority thing. This year, we had a...

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Pasta At Midnight

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 2:42 PM

Pasta at Midnight

Put on the Ollies! - Pete Carlesimo

I could say that these cold winter nights are the reason I love to have a warm, delicious bowl of pasta at midnight. But then I'd be lying. I love having pasta at midnight at any time of the year,...

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The Brass Sisters' Sweet Potato Latkes

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 12:29 PM

At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. - Rafael Goldstein

Hanukkah begins very early this year -- the first of December. Growing up in a big Irish-Italian family in Scranton, Pennsylvania, I wasn't...

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October and Pumpkins

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 5:22 PM

Autumn Leaves

The falling leaves drift by the window

The autumn leaves of red and gold.

--Nat King Cole

October means so many things to me. It's the beginning of fall, my favorite season. I like to shake off the languid slow pace bred by the hot summer days and...
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October and Pumpkins

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 3:26 PM

Autumn Leaves
The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold. Nat King Cole

October means so many things to me. It's the beginning of fall, my favorite season. I like to shake off the languid slow pace bred by the hot summer...

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A World of Sauces for Labor Day

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 6:59 PM

Without labor nothing prospers. -- Sophocles

As Labor Day approaches, with the last big grilling feasts of the year, I can't help but think about my favorite part of a mixed grill -- the sauce you put on top! Every country seems to have its own take on this...

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Tricolored Crepes for Le Quatorze Juillet in Maine

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 12:20 AM




La Marseillaise Allons enfants de la patrie, Le jour de gloire est arrivé! Contre nous de la tyrannie. Claude-Joseph Rouget,1795.

I've mentioned before that I had the good fortune to spend half of...

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Baseball & Hot Dogs

(4) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 6:51 PM

"I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set...and be a blessing to us." -- Walt Whitman.


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