Kitchen Tools: Bread Machines

Having finally assembled a rye bread recipe for my bread machine that I really enjoy, it's time to put together one heck of an inspired reuben sandwich. Spending less than 10 minutes to prep the bread and making corned beef in the slow cooker make it a snap!

Splitting Prep

Sometimes fussy meals just seem that way when you pile all of the steps into a busy little slice of time. Instead, consider how you might split the time it takes to put a complex dish together into steps that can be done well before it’s time to eat. Suddenly, fussy is just planned … and company-ready!

Weeknight Shorts: Inspired Noodles

Shrimp is great fast food. It cooks quickly, lets you know when you're done, and always lends a little elegance to a meal. If you pair it with the right selection of ingredients, you can even have dinner that looks and tastes amazing on your table in less than a half hour.

The Difference A Year Makes

Birthdays are no minor happening in my home. That said, what a difference a year makes when it comes to the special request of my youngster. At six, she wanted nothing more than pink donuts. At seven, her tastes had grown to chocolate-covered strawberry cheesecake!

An Ode to Eggs

With Easter just around the corner, many of us are spending time considering eggs, particularly hard-boiled eggs. But to focus there alone ignores the incredibly versatile egg and its many, many roles in cooking and baking. It's time to sing just a few of its praises.

Weeknight Shorts: Kid-Friendly Seafood

Sometimes kids are known for wrinkling their noses at seafood. Move beyond that and get dinner ready in a snap with a fun make-ahead recipe for seafood cakes. You can choose whichever seafood appeals to your little ones or opt for a variety of tuna, crab, and shrimp for a bit of a mid-week culinary adventure.

Flexible Fruit

Blueberries are amazing: they taste great, they are nutritional powerhouses, and they work well in all manner of dishes. In honor of spring, warmer weather, and upcoming events that might require a dish that's at home on a brunch table or served after dinner, I offer you Blueberry Biscuit Cake.

Crafting a Romantic Dinner for Two

A romantic dinner doesn't mean having to make reservations and get away from home. On the contrary, home can be the ultimate in romantic, if you plan ahead a little and think outside of the box … especially the take-out box!

Quick and Kid-Friendly

Kid-friendly food that's also quick and actually good for you? Geez, next I'll be saying it's easy cleanup too. Actually, yeah, I will. Sometimes dreams come true, even if you're not playing princess dress up or reading about ponies and magic.

Weeknight Shorts: Kitchen Helpers

If you've been following the Weeknight Shorts series, you may have noticed a pattern. Many of the recipes featured here take advantage of kitchen helpers. Notably, slow cookers are relied upon heavily. If you love the flavor of slow-cooked food but don't have time to spend most of the day in the kitchen, I've got another keeper for you!

Simple Pleasures

Sometimes, the nicest desserts are really simple. Imagine a decadent pie that requires a mere five ingredients and is entirely gluten free without requiring special ingredients or techniques. Now stop imagining it and get out your pie plate … it's time to bake!