'Tis the Season

Another batch of apples means an apple cake that's bursting with the flavors of fall. Maple syrup, cinnamon, apples, walnuts and a brandy-caramel sauce come together to make the perfect fall treat. Serve it warm with extra caramel sauce for a perfect ending to any meal.

Dining Outdoors: How to Prepare

If your goal is to get your family to dine together outdoors, the task can be a lot more challenging than it would initially seem. Getting everyone outside together to eat, however, is a great way to both encourage more shared time as a family while also emphasizing the importance of sunshine and the outdoors.

Something Sweet

Time to end the week with something simple and sweet and satisfying: that's where baking comes into play. A lemony cheesecake-inspired bar that's studded with sweet blueberries fits the bill perfectly. Have a lovely weekend!

Quick, Easy, And Tasty Soups

It's soup season and that means kitchens filled with the aroma of slow-simmering soups and stews. This simple article is all about sharing some time-tested recipes for all-time favorite soups, including Roasted Chicken Soup, Cream of Spinach Soup, and Meatball Vegetable Stew.

Building A Base

Fall welcomes soup season. And what better way to greet it than sharing my favorite, super-quick chicken soup base. This serves as the base for nearly all of my favorite chicken soups, from good old fashioned chicken noodle soup to hearty chicken bean florentine and more. Best of all, it's a slow cooker recipe, so you can toss it together and go about your day!

Crockpot Beef Stew On The Go

Beef and vegetables go together, with the flavors blending dramatically to make a fragrant, tasty main dish. Start this in the crockpot before you leave for work and enjoy a delicious meal when you arrive home. Fall is the perfect time to brush up on your stew-making skills and crockpots makes that easier than ever.

Why I Don't Need a Coffee Shop

A popular seasonal muffin offered in coffee shops across the country finds a makeover and a happy home in my kitchen. Add fantastic vacuum-brewed coffee to that and I have no reason to seek out coffee shops. I've got the best they have to offer in my nest and I can wear slippers while enjoying it all!

Fall Food

As the weekend approaches, thoughts of starting those days with warming food that I just associate with autumn really appeals to me. And when it comes to fall food, nothing compares to hearty baked oatmeal. The version I'm sharing today features apples, cinnamon and maple syrup. Mmmmmm!

Fire In Your Belly

Chili-infused vodka seemed like a good idea to me and a great idea to my husband. Being a man who seems happier breathing fire than air some days, we embarked on an adventure to make the perfect vodka for an ideal bloody mary. The result? He's thrilled with it at full strength and I'm happy to dilute it a fair bit to make a spicy-sweet watermelon martini.

Making Specialty Pizzas At Home

Just hearing the word "pizza" is often enough to make our mouths water with anticipation and our stomachs grumble with intense hunger. Most of us have only one or two types of the familiar food that we prefer over all others but there are countless kinds of specialty pizzas that you can make at home and experiment with. The only limit is your own creativity.