December

Simple Soup

With all kinds of delightful, yet fussy food finding its way in front of us during the holidays, there's something lovely about a bowl of smooth, satisfying soup. This version features the flavors of Thailand blended with butternut squash and creamy coconut milk.

Quick Comfort

In the lull between Christmas and New Year's, I like to make amazing comfort food inspired by the wideness and wonder of the world. So on a cold winter's night, it only seems fitting to make a chicken mole chili in the pressure cooker.

Cheers!

On Christmas Eve Eve, it seems like the perfect time to share a festive drink ingredient that was borne of the kind of leftovers that usually get tossed and a desire to make something a little magical for the holidays.

Celebrating

'Tis the season for special occasions. So just before a host of different holidays begin, I thought I'd share a recent special occasion dish of my very own with you. Feel free to make it yours as well. After all, it's a wonderful time of the year for sharing!

Kick the caffeine, keep the energy levels up

If one of your upcoming New Year's resolutions involves cutting back on caffeine, but you are feeling less than confident in your ability to do so, we've got you covered. Get great ideas about energy-boosting foods that aren't full of caffeine.

Ring of Yum

During a season filled with celebrating, planning parties, attending pageants, decorating every surface and wall in sight, and otherwise being as merry as we can, sometimes being handed a simple meal idea that you can assemble as a family is just what's needed. Whew!

Country Breakfast

One of my holiday traditions involves long, leisurely breakfasts filled with decadent dishes that will easily stand in for both breakfast and lunch. That way, my family can go out for visiting, playing in the outdoors, or other adventures without having to worry about another meal until supper time.

Apple Spice and Everything Nice

Drinking vinegars, also known as shrubs, have experienced a recent rise in popularity but it's hardly the first time. Colonial times saw them everywhere from tea rooms to saloons. Make sure they make an appearance in your home with this festive, simple option.

Skill It

Sometimes dinner involves blending what you have into a meal that checks all the boxes and leaves you wondering why you didn't make it sooner. This is especially true when it has you thinking outside the box and using what you have on hand to make a great meal.

Weeknight Shorts: All Alone

Ever had just one boneless, skinless chicken breast? Before you decide to make a sandwich (although that would be tasty), consider making a meal to feed the whole family. Just add pasta and veggies and you're mostly there.

Building Texture

Salads are great when you are looking for a quick, healthy meal. They are also a brilliant way to explore a wide variety of flavors and textures. Imagine a salad that has everything from crunchy to silky textures and is beyond lovely as well!