Re-Published in “The Cook’s Cook” Online Magazine!

Food Mingle Blog original article has been re-published in ‘The Cook’s Cook’ Online Magazine!

I am excited to share with you that my original piece titled, “My Food Safety Obsession” has been re-published in the online magazine titled, The Cook’s Cook.  Featured in The Opinionated Cook section, and originally published in April, 2015, the full-page piece tells about my interest (obsession?) with food safety.

The full text of my article is posted below, or you can read it here.

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My Food Safety Obsession, by Nancy J. Santacesaria


About “The Cook’s Cook”

Denise Landis is the founder and publisher The Cook’s Cook, a free, full length, digital magazine. You can find it at They describe themselves as a “community of cooks, food writers and recipe testers.”

I am delighted that they have chosen to republish my article! I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!



Happy 3 Year Anniversary to Food Mingle Blog! 2016 – The Year in Review

Happy Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that three years have gone by since Food Mingle Blog was first published in January, 2014!  Thank you to all of the loyal Food Mingle Blog followers and those of you who stop by now and then. Without all of you, this wouldn’t be very much fun. I enjoy your comments and your “likes” on my posts – keep ’em comin’!

Here’s a summary of 2016 activity on Food Mingle Blog:

  • 181 posts generating 32,771 views from 210 countries (mostly USA and Philippines, with Australia, Canada ant the UK also popular).
  • 191 comments and 1577 likes from 215 new followers and 25,815 visitors,  for a total of 701 followers and 59,450 visitors since we started publishing.

What was most popular on Food Mingle Blog in 2016?

Thank you for making 2016 a successful year for Food Mingle Blog! Please let me know if there is something specific you would like to see in 2017. Perhaps you’d like me to try a certain recipe or review your favorite restaurant? I’m looking forward to seeing your wish list.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.


Published in ‘Meetings Podcast News’ by Podcasting for Events

I am happy to report that a recent Food Mingle Blog post has been referenced in a podcast titled, “The Strongholds of Event Networking”  by Mike McAllen at Podcasting for Events. They describe their podcasts as follows:

Mike McAllen Meetings Podcast News, Courtesy: www.
Mike McAllen Meetings Podcast News by Podcasting for Events, Courtesy: www.

Meetings Podcast is the longest running, most popular internet radio show for event planners, meeting planners and meeting organizers. It is the source for information, interviews and what is happening in the meetings and events industry.


Mike and his team help meeting and event planners broadcast their own podcasts. They will help you create, launch and maintain your own podcasts, while providing all the support and services you’ll need to be successful.

Our post titled, “Ecologic and Technologic Trends in Event Planning was featured in their October 14, 2016 meeting podcast.  Thanks Mike and team!


Food Mingle Blog Milestone – 50,000 Visits


Food Mingle Blog has reached a milestone of 50,000 visits!

You have collectively visited Food Mingle Blog over 50,000 times!

Thank you to all of my followers and everyone who stops by to check out my recipes, restaurant and event reviews, polls, and musings about going back to school to study Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.  Without loyal readers like you, I wouldn’t have reached this milestone of 50,000 visits!

What else would you like to read about on Food Mingle Blog? I really enjoy reading your comments – please keep them coming! I promise to respond as quickly as possible.

“It helps immerse yourself in what you potentially want to do. Being involved, learning firsthand and observing the craft and absorbing all you can, makes it easier to define what you want. It will also ultimately make you a better Chef. Culinary school, or even a single class, is a great bet too.”
– Giada De Laurentiis, Chef and TV Personality


Purchasing Class Comes to an End – Food Purchasing Certification Earned

Yet another semester has come to an end.  Now that my Purchasing, Storage and Handling class has wrapped up. I am one step closer to completing my degree in Hospitality Management – Culinary Arts.  Also, I am now certified in Food Purchasing from the National Restaurant Association!

A grade

I am pleased to report that I earned a final grade of an A in this class. The highlight was a taste-test project in which I corralled my family into tasting four sets of similar products and rating the winner of each set.  You can read more about each taste test here:

From this project, I learned that a higher price doesn’t always mean better quality and that the value of a product is subjective, and can also depend on how you plan to use it.

I now have three months of glorious summer days off before my next class starts. It is called “Introduction to Event Planning” and in it, I will learn all about the fine art of planning successful events.  Stay tuned for back-to-school posts starting up again in September. Meanwhile. I will continue to post my favorite recipes and reviews of restaurants and culinary-related books and events.