Articles by Dawn Viola:

Dawn Viola is a research and development chef and food writer. She serves on the board of directors for Slow Food Orlando, and works with local and national companies as a healthy recipe consultant with a focus on organic, local and sustainable ingredients. After an accomplished career as a copywriter, creative director and documentary producer in the advertising industry for over a decade, Dawn switched her writing focus to food and enrolled in culinary school when she discovered she had multiple food allergies. She graduated with honors from the culinary management program at Valencia College, completed her externship at America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Illustrated Magazine in Boston, and began teaching others how to cook with a back-to-basics approach. When Dawn isn't writing delicious stories for SheKnows.com, you'll find her stirring the pot on Twitter, Facebook and her blog, DawnViola.com, named a top-ten food blog four years running for her commitment to cooking with organic, sustainable and local ingredients.
  1. How to make a roux

    A roux is a mixture of flour and fat, typically equal parts, used to thicken sauces in classical cooking. And it's a recipe...
  2. Strawberry soda recipe

    Just about any flavor of soda can be made at home with the help of a flavored simple syrup. And just like the name implies, it's...
  3. How to fillet a round fish

    Buying whole fish from a reputable monger and cutting it into fillets yourself can save you money on big ticket fish. And because...
  4. How to confit a tomato

    Although tomatoes are available throughout the United States year-round, their best growing season is May through October. Often,...
  5. How to make mayonnaise

    If you've got oil, vinegar, eggs, mustard and a whisk, you can make homemade mayonnaise in less than five minutes. Are you up for...
  6. Healthy Easter basket ideas

    With the eat-healthy movement in full swing, opt for these alternative Easter basket ideas and leave the artificially flavored jelly...
  7. Easter ham glaze recipes

    Make Easter recipes extra-special with ham glazes made from frozen fruit. Because of the ice crystals that form within the fruit...
  8. Easter dinner recipes

    Ham -- it's what's for Easter. But it doesn't always have to be. Celebrate this year with an herb-crusted rack of lamb that takes...