Years ago, I remember Martha Stewart tweeting something like, “ask me anything about winter squash!” And because, at that very moment, I had a giant and intimidating butternut squash staring me down from its perch on the kitchen counter, I shot back, “Well … how do I get the PEEL off the thing?!”Read More
I’ve always refused to buy pre-made pumpkin pie spice mix. Why should I spend the extra money when I already have the spices – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, maybe some allspice – in my pantry already?! Goshdarnit?!Read More
It took me awhile to “get” kale chips. And by awhile, I mean years.
My lack of love for the crispy little snack had to do with two things: 1) Misguided expectations and 2) I wasn’t making them correctly.Read More
My posting schedule is all out of whack. Usually on Wednesdays, I post a One Dish Two Ways recipe. I’m probably the only one who notices, but it feels really weird to share something else – like, say, how to make granola.
But my posting schedule is out of whack because life is out of whack (not bad out of whack, just out of whack), and when life is out of whack, I usually whip up some homemade granola. (Sorry. That’s a lot of out-of-whacks.)Read More
When I was pregnant with our daughter, grilled cheese sandwiches were one of the few foods I could stomach. My guy would dutifully break out the electric griddle and, just about a half hour later, emerge from the kitchen with an ooey, gooey, toasty square of pure bliss.Read More
Making hard-boiled eggs seems easy, but cooking them exactly right is a bit of an art. Cook them too long, and you’ve got dry, rubbery, army-green yolks. Err on the side of cooking them not long enough, and you’ve just got a bit of a sad mess.
It took me awhile – way too long, actually – to master hard-boiled eggs. Now that I’ve finally got the process down pat, I thought I’d share.Read More
“First crust and now pizza sauce? What, is she going somewhere with this or something?”
Why, yes! Yes I am! The culmination of my ever-so-epic three-part pizza series, which started with our very favorite homemade pizza sauce, will conclude tomorrow, Tuesday, with something, well … cute. Tasty and cute. That’s all I can say about it. I’ve sworn myself to secrecy. For now, though: our very favorite pizza crust for grilling.Read More
Tofu can be off-putting, or tofu can be delicious. It’s one of those neato foods that takes on whatever flavor – and often texture – you want it to, for better or for worse. Usually, thankfully, for the better.
So I think it’s kind of funny when people flat-out declare they hate tofu. Except, you know, they haven’t even tried it – in any shape or form.Read More
I adore recipes like this one.
This homemade chocolate syrup recipe isn’t only an acceptable replacement for commercially-made chocolate syrups, it sort of beats the pants off of store-bought. It costs pennies to make, it takes all of 10 minutes to whip up, you know exactly what went into it, and it tastes ah-mazing.Read More
Spaghetti squash is pretty much my favorite of the winter bunch. It’s versatile, delicious, healthy, and easy – quadruple win. I’ve got a few spaghetti squash recipes in the pipeline – stay tuned for those – but today, in the spirit of The Sound of Music, ~let’s start at the very beginning~. (Gosh, I really need to watch that movie again. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve suffered the “So Long, Farewell” earworm.)
Anyway, today I’m sharing two different ways to prepare spaghetti squash – either in the microwave, or in the oven.Read More
Yeah, I know this is right up there with a recipe for ice cubes, but frankly, it took me awhile to get oven-baked potatoes just right. So I thought maybe there are others out there who need to know what I needed to know: how in the heck do I bake a perfect potato?! One that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside? I did a little research and baked up a few test batches, and now I think I’ve got it down.
And so, here’s today’s Tuesday Tip: How to Bake Perfect Baked Potatoes. Oh, and this probably goes without saying, but loaded baked potatoes are an ideal meal for the mixed diet household. Top ‘em with what you want – meat or veggies or a little bit of both.Read More
Gobs of my recipes call for vegetable broth. Even, say, chicken noodle soup. The main reason is obvious: most of what I make starts out vegetarian, the meat added later to only a portion for my resident carnivore.
So, a few years ago, I started saving my veggie and herb scraps and freezing them in a gallon freezer bag. When the bag is packed to the brim, I brew up a big old pot of vegetable broth concentrate. Then I freeze it in measured portions and take it out as I need it, adding water and sometimes salt and, voila: veggie broth!Read More
Vanilla is such a magical ingredient. “Plain vanilla” – ha. It’s far from plain, though I really have no idea how to describe it. Intoxicating. Warm. Familiar. Yummy. But I guess I don’t really need to describe it. It’s vanilla. You know.
Surely we’re all familiar with cooking with vanilla extract. Delicious in and of itself. Vanilla beans are a fairly new addition to my kitchen, though certainly one of my very favorite ingredients. They take vanilla to the next level. When you see a cookie or cupcake or scone or scoop of ice cream dotted with those tiny little telltale black specks, you know you’re in for a treat.Read More
This is one of those recipes that acts as a foundation for all kinds of great dishes. Lasagna, baked ziti, spaghetti, spaghetti pie. It’s even delicious as a breadstick dipping sauce.
About once a month, you’ll find a giant pot of Italian Tomato Sauce bubbling away on my stove, making the house smell scrumptious.Read More