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Laura Holmes Haddad, a.k.a. The Grrl, is a freelance wine and food writer. A graduate of Smith College and the California Culinary Academy, Laura worked as a caterer and then as a cookbook editor at Simon & Schuster before devoting her time to writing.
Laura’s work has appeared in Wine Mutineer, Beverage Media, The Tasting Panel, and Wines & Vines magazines as well as,,, and Her book Anything But Chardonnay: A Guide to the Other Grapes was published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang in 2008. She is co-author of Pure Flavor: 125 Fresh, All-American Recipes from the Pacific Northwest and Lulu Powers, Food to Flowers: Simple, Stylish Food for Easy Entertaining. Her latest collaboration is Plats du Jour: A Journey Through the Seasons with the girl & the fig restaurant, due out in November 2011.
Laura launched her website in 2004 where she offers advice to busy foodies seeking a one-stop spot for the latest trends in food, wine, and cocktails. Laura currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, where she can be found drinking Champagne and wondering what to make for dinner.

Prosciutto over baby spring greens. Credit: Copyright 2015 Laura Holmes Haddad

Looking for a new, healthful yet satisfying option for lunch or a light dinner? Skip the old standbys (Caesars, wedges, mixed greens) and upgrade

Deviled eggs with caramelized onions and prosciutto. Credit: Laura Holmes Haddad

Embraced, hated, embraced again: such is the cycle of food trends, and eggs are no exception. Once reviled for their high cholesterol, eggs are

A sparkling selection from Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, paired with salmon. Credit: Courtesy of Domaine Carneros

With every new year comes a resolution or two, so this is the perfect time to make a few changes to your wine-drinking routine. Take the

pumpkin sage puffs

There's a lot of waiting on Thanksgiving Day. There's waiting for family and friends to arrive, waiting for the turkey to roast, waiting for

pumpkin bar with gingerbread crust

I'm a fairly tolerant parent when it comes to food. I give in to my daughter Penelope's chicken finger cravings once in a while,

apple pie

Writer Joyce Maynard's philosophy is that pie brings people together. Pie certainly brought people together  Sept. 30 when more than 15 women and a couple

"The Foolproof Freezer Cookbook" by Ghillie James

I'll admit it: before kids, the only things in my freezer were ice cubes, vodka and a pint of gelato. Oh how the mighty

fruit muffins

At my house, cooking for the kids often involves leftovers. Specifically, using up ingredients that they've taken a bite of and abandoned on the