December

Kitchen Scientists!

I love talking about the science and especially chemistry that goes into baking and cooking. So indulge me for a moment while I share an outstanding clip put together by the fine folks at TED. It's short, you'll enjoy it, and maybe even learn a little about what happens when you bake cookies and more.

Curried Comfort

This is the time of the year when your slow cooker can be an incredible blessing. How else can spending 15-20 minutes of hands-on time give you a warm, spicy chicken curry dinner that is brimming with tender chicken, fresh garlic and ginger, and oodles of vegetables all swimming in an inspired curry sauce that will have you making it over and over?

Cup of Cheer

It's the middle of our holiday season and everyone is finding the best and brightest ways to be festive and jolly. In my part of the world, that means finding good ways to keep warm. Look to us to help you find great ways to warm from the inside out.

The Art of Giving

I love gift-giving that involves using my kitchen magic and enjoying return gifts that showcase the talents of my friends and family. In that spirit, I'm sharing my easy truffle recipe. Yep, I mean it. These are simple to put together and get rave reviews every time!

A Gift for You

In the middle of the busiest time of the year, I offer you a no bake frozen cheesecake that will have friends and family alike smiling and lifting their glasses in a toast to the fantastic dessert you've shared with them. Merry Christmas!

Versatile Meals

Sometimes, you want a meal that can act as a flexible filler during a busy week. Maybe you are caught up in holiday preparations and you want to be able to make a fast dinner during the week or you have people visiting from out of town and you want a special brunch dish. It's nice to have recipes that will work in both cases.

Fridge Patrol

It's time for a lesson in cleaning out your refrigerator without feeling like a garbage disposal. A method for getting rid of those must-go items while making dinner seem like a gourmet adventure? It's all within reach. You just need to be able to think outside the box while taking a look inside your fridge!

Meatless Comfort Food

Combining oven-roasted tomatoes and baked, breaded cheese transforms pasta into a flavorful, creamy dish that you will want to curl up with and savor. It's a great potluck dish that appeals to vegetarians and carnivores alike. Just in time for the holidays!

Football Party

I'm not really a football fan, but I am a fan of the tradition of gathering together and enjoying all manner of snacks and small bites. So, in the spirit of camaraderie that brings fans of all kinds together, I'm offering a warm, cheesy dip that will have everyone cheering.

Inside Out

The secret to warming yourself from the inside out? Good, comforting soups. But, in this day and age, who has time to spend hours simmering a soup on the stove? You don't need to if you have a slow cooker on hand. Get a hearty soup that will have you and yours smiling without spending much time in the kitchen.

Candying Apples

Move over, caramel. Candied apples can come in all kinds of varieties. One of my favorites is a multi-layered treat featuring the flavors in s'mores. They take a little time to make and are a beautiful mess to eat … and are worth every minute and every napkin required!