The Art of Zen Fishing

Hilarity ensues when the itty child discovers the joy of fishing … her own special way. It would take a 4-year old with little knowledge or care about the connection between putting bait on a hook and dropping it into the lake and pulling a fish out of the water to make fishing the ultimate comedy routine. This plus the secret to transforming smoked salmon into perfect lake food.


A vacation in a strange new place becomes sentimental when the family connection and memories associated with the surroundings takes center stage. Blending traditions around the dinner table makes it all the more sweet.

Let's Have a Barbecue Party

A wonderful way to entertain family and friends in an outdoor setting is with a backyard barbecue party. With proper planning and the right environment people will be talking about your party all summer. Important factors to think about when entertaining are things like the barbecue grill, seating, lighting, and of course the menu planning.

What To Do With All That Zucchini!

If you have found yourself with an overabundance of zucchini, then fear not! Everything from the sweet to the savory to the procrastinating solutions await you in this article inspired by over two months of constant summer squash overload.

Wings, Meet Pizza

Anyone that's a fan of buffalo wings should give this fun pizza pie a try. It's easy to put together, but will have you looking for other ways to combine your favorite game day foods and snacks!

Making Pickles Without A Stove: A Guide To Making Refrigerator Pickles

If preserving the bounty of your garden has you thinking you need to slave over a hot stove and pull out a pressure canner, it's time to introduce yourself to the joys of refrigerator pickles. No cooking, no hot kitchen, no sterilizing jars. Simply mix the ingredients and pour over your jarred pickle wedges and put in the refrigerator for a day. Easy!

How to Make Ice Cream With Or Without a Machine

The last days of summer are upon us. That means it's time to enjoy homemade ice cream. If you haven't tried making it before, now is the time. If you don't have a machine, that's no excuse! We've got directions for homemade ice cream ... with or without a machine.

Best BBQ Sauce Recipe? No Such Thing

Picking out the best BBQ sauce recipe is like trying to decide which of your children you love the most. It's just not that cut and dried. Get some insight into the different kinds of sauces and a good, basic sauce recipe for you to experiment with to find your own version of best.

Coffee Break

Why should a coffee break just involve an afternoon cup of coffee? I'm taking the practice to task and suggesting the addition of mocha cupcakes with vanilla latte buttercream frosting. Now there's a reason to have a cup of coffee!

The Baking Bot

Fun to watch (as long as it's sped up) and interesting to think about, the New York Times shares video and information about a cookie-baking robot put together by the folks at MIT. Glad to know they love cookies, too!

Delicious Ways to Enjoy Peaches in Salad, Punch, and Bread

Get great recipe ideas for using peaches while they are at the height of their season. Everything from salad to beverages to decadent sweets are in store for you in this timely tribute to the humble peach.