Carla Snyder

Carla Snyder
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Carla has been known to extol the virtues of fresh figs, especially when quickly roasted to concentrate “their flavor [and] caramelize their sugars.” This leaves them sweeter and more complex than ever, she says. She likes to eat them with great Gorgonzola cheese.

Carla Snyder
Carla's Featured Recipe
Cornbread Croutons

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Carla Snyder is a caterer, cooking teacher, cookbook author, artisan baker, food writer, corporate culinary event planner, and co-owner of Kitchen Counter Points cooking school.


With culinary partner, Meredith Deeds, she is the author of six books. These include the recently published Take-Our Menu Book as well as The Big Book of Appetizers, which was nominated for a James Beard Award, The Mixer Bible, and 300 Sensational Soups. Their soup book was named by Good Morning America as one of the 10 best cookbooks for 2008.


Carla and Meredith currently are working on The Little Black Dress Cookbook.


As a student, Carla spent a semester in Europe, where she reveled in all she tasted and realized that many people in the world lived to eat, rather than the other way around. This resonated with her and once she earned her degree in journalism, she began what has become a 30-year journey through the culinary world. She truly has a passion for all cuisines, and is equally committed to helping her students and readers get meals on the table with ease, style, and fun.


Carla has written for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feast! Magazine, Family Fun Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Akron Magazine, Cleveland Home Décor Magazine, and Bon Appétit. She has appeared on Fox Morning News Indianapolis and Cincinnati, Lake Effect Radio’s Dinner Plans, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and Good Morning Cleveland.


Carla lives in Ohio. Her website is

Latest Recipes

Texas Cowboy Soup

Round up your family and friends for some homemade Texas Cowboy Soup! This easy soup recipe is hearty and filled with ground beef, tomatoes, seasonings, and even some heat. You'll love serving this soup for a casual weeknight dinner or even at your next game day event. When serving this soup, don't forget to make the authors' recipe for Cornbread Croutons for some added flavor. You can also keep a bottle of hot sauce on the table so your family and friends can add the right amount of heat to a bowl of this soup. City slickers and farmhands alike will want to slurp up every drop of this soup!

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Chicken Soup with Tomatoes, Wine and Orange

Youll love the fresh flavor from the orange zest and the rich stock that comes from the chicken in this Provencal-style soup.

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Cold Thai-Style Mango Coconut Soup with Mango Relish

Cold Thai-Style Mango Coconut Soup with Mango Relish is a wonderful Asian dish to serve as a starter at any dinner party. This is a very traditional type of dish from Thailand and one your guests will remember fondly if they enjoy authentic dishes. Mango and coconut always taste amazing together and their likability is heightened when you combine them with Thai red curry paste. You will need your food processor as well as your slow cooker to complete this recipe, but despite the extra equipment the process is fairly simple. Enjoy!

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Carrot, Celery and Leek Soup with Cornbread Dumplings

Here is a great soup that can serve as a main dish or side on a cold, wintry day when you seek some comfort food. This soup has healthy and appealing ingredients that will satisfy many of your winter food cravings. The cornbread dumplings are able to soak up some of their flavor from the chicken stock and vegetables in the soup. This soup is relatively easy to make. The dumplings take slightly more effort, but all in all, a dish that contains a nice combination that smells and tastes wonderful and helps keep you warm when you need it.

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Beef Stroganoff and Noodle Soup

For this spin on a classic dish, creamy, beefy soup, loaded with mushrooms and gilded with a touch of Cognac, is ladled onto tender bites...

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African Peanut Soup

Peanut butter sounds like a strange ingredient to base a soup on, but believe us, it works. This mouth-watering soup tastes nothing like ...

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White Bean, Rosemary and Pancetta Bruschetta

Pancetta is a salt-cured pork product from Italy. It’s made out of the same cut of meat as bacon, but it isn’t smoked. If you have troubl...

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Sandwich Buns

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Basic Egg Pasta

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Cinnamon Rolls

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Grandma Re’s Rugalach

Although Carla’s Grandma Re didn’t have a passion for baking, she could always be counted on to make these rich, nut-filled cookies at Ch...

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Puff Pastry

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Sweetened Whipped Cream (Crème Chantilly)

Whipped cream will keep for hours in the refrigerator, so go ahead and whip it up before company arrives. It will be ready and waiting fo...

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Homemade Wasabi Mayonnaise

Wasabi is a traditional accompaniment to sushi. We like to serve wasabi mayonnaise with grilled tuna or, better yet, tuna burgers.

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Tomatillo Salsa

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Chilled Curried Pear Soup

The sweetness of pears blends beautifully with the complex spices of India.

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Cream of Roasted Turnip Soup with Baby Bok Choy and Five Spices

When turnips are roasted, they become so sweet and flavorful that we don’t want to eat them any other way. We love the cute and tender ba...

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Butternut Squash Soup with Nutmeg Cream

The flavor of freshly grated nutmeg in an unsweetened whipped cream makes a lovely complement to the sweet butternut squash soup.

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Wild Mushroom and Navy Bean Soup

Wild mushrooms are so easy to find in grocery stores nowadays that it is a crime not to use them. They add big flavor to soups, and we lo...

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Fontina and Asparagus Soup

We love to cook with fontina cheese. It’s creamy, it melts beautifully, and it doesn’t overpower the other ingredients in a dish. Here, w...

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Cheesy Croutons

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Coconut Curried Chickpea Soup

Fragrant and hearty, this vegetarian soup is sure to satisfy. Coconut milk adds flavor and richness, while the curry powder gives it a un...

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Succotash Sausage Soup

Succotash is a favorite late-summer side dish. In this creamy soup, we’ve made it a meal by adding hearty kielbasa sausage.

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Phyllo Purses with Brie, Pistachios and Apricots

Working with phyllo is really easy once you get the hang of it. The bonus of phyllo appetizers is that they freeze well and can be baked ...

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