Weeknight Shorts: Keeping It Simple … For Now

You're probably a little exhausted from cooking and eating right now. So this time around, I'm sharing one of my favorite simple, go-to dinner ideas that involves a few key ingredients and as many tweaks as you'd like!

A New Kind of Candied Apple

Caramel apples, apple dip, even apple pie are all around. Try mixing things up a bit without losing sight of the traditional with a crumble bar featuring apples paired with the flavors of maple syrup and butter toffee.

Relax, Refresh: Spa Party Essentials

Quick! Before the holidays have us all running in every direction at once, take a load off and enjoy a spa party with your friends. It's a perfect early-season gift for you all to have you looking and feeling your best for the holidays.

Easy, Elegant Endings

We're gearing up for the busiest party, entertaining, and special gathering time of the year. Let me start things off by offering a great layered dessert idea that takes minutes to put together and can be set aside until it's time to wow your guests.

Weeknight Shorts: Italian Dumplings

Dried gnocchi have become a staple in my home. Whenever we're in the mood for a quick, hearty dinner, they take center stage and a fantastic meal finds its way to the table in less time than it takes to look through a takeout menu!

A Crack in Time

Missing a regular gathering and baking childhood comfort food results in a funny association in the middle of the week. It's funny how sentimental cooking and baking can sometimes be for home cooks.

Mixing in the Warmth

Warming up doesn't always mean a steaming bowl of soup. Sometimes, an inspired salad can turn up the heat as well or better. And when that same meal is packed with great vegetables, an amazing dressing, and sweet, spicy chicken, there's every reason in the book to love it.

Help Kids Avoid the Freshman 15

Knowing your college students will be heading home for the upcoming holidays gives you, as a parent, a great opportunity to make sure they are taking care of themselves and leave them with some great, easy ideas for eating and moving right.

(Sometimes) Life is Easy

Everyone should have a handful of recipes that are quick, easy, and versatile enough to fill any gaps in your weekly menu planning. Whether it's because you don't have the energy for your original plan or you just ran out of ideas, go-to recipes should save the day without any guilt.

Leftovers and Gifts

Sometimes, the generosity of others coincides with very special leftovers. It's times like those that your kitchen and your dinner table become places that are nearly sacred and share meals that will have everyone giving thanks.