April

Top Tips to Become a Backyard Barbecue Master

Grilling is more than just a great way to cook a meal or have a get-together; for many people, it's a lifestyle. Whether your preference is charcoal or gas, if you want to throw a great backyard barbecue, keep these things in mind.

Odds and Ends

When you have a little bit of this and a little bit of that left in your fridge, pantry, or freezer, consider making a batch of stuffed mushrooms. They aren't difficult to make and can be a fantastic way to use all of those odds and ends.

Breakfast Heat

When it's time for brunch and you just don't want another quiche or pancake, mix it up a bit with a batch of spicy breakfast enchiladas. Whether on their own or as part of a festive brunch buffet, they are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Move Over, Focaccia

I often turn to focaccia when I'm looking for something fun to serve with breakfast, brunch, or dinner. But when I don't have time to get yeast involved, it's time to embrace scones and, particularly for dinner, savory scones are where it's at!

How to Make Meat a Healthy & Delicious Part of Your Diet

Health advice often leaves us wondering what, if anything, we can eat. Fear not: food doesn't need to be your enemy and finding healthy ways to incorporate your favorite foods isn't impossible. This time around, we're looking at meat.

When Life Hands You Lemons …

There's something so very satisfying about being able to layer items in a big pan, give it about an hour in the oven, and have dinner ready. It seems almost like cheating, but I prefer to call it finding creative ways to cook!

Spring Brunch

'Tis the perfect time of the year for a glorious brunch. And, instead of toast or muffins, contemplate how beautiful a brunch buffet will look when graced with a large platter of fresh blueberry scones drizzled with a pearly white glaze.

Bite-Sized Bread

I love quick breads, but sometimes you need a more portable package. That's when cookies inspired by your favorite quick bread are perfect. So grab those ripe bananas from your counter and find your chocolate chips: it's time to bake!

Weeknight Shorts: Cowboy Food

When time is running out and you need a high-flavor, low-effort meal, throw what you need into a skillet and give it some oven time. It's what I call cowboy food; dishes that get prepared in one pot or skillet and are super flavorful without requiring a lot of hands-on time.

Celebrate Spring!

It's pretty common for Easter brunch to be the meal of the day. Make yours even more festive with some elegant crepes featuring the flavors of lemon and cheesecake. Then, for a touch of whimsy and a nod to the holiday, make your own little Easter "egg" on each plate!

Weeknight Shorts: Rings

It's good to have go-to ideas for busy weeks and evenings when you would really rather not spend a lot of time thinking about what to call dinner. In that spirit, I'm sharing one of my favorite stand-by dinner ideas.