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Libby's Quick Pumpkin Pudding  

A simple last minute dessert idea for Thanksgiving. Made with pudding mix, milk or eggnog, canned pumpkin, spice, and whipped topping.

2017-11-18 07:00:00

Holiday Basics Are Easy As Pie  

Deciding what to cook for Thanksgiving is never very difficult; it is how to cook that is the hard part. For instance, you know there will be a turkey, but will you dry brine, wet brine, cook in a bag, or deep fry? Stuffing is a must, but cooked in the bird or out? In addition, there will either be mashed potatoes or an uprising in the family, but the question is lumpy or smooth, flavored or plain? There will be green beans most likely, and a sweet potato or yam, and above all, there will be pie

2017-11-15 07:00:00

Borden's And Gordon's  

This rich and creamy drink fits right in at the holidays. The name of this recipe is a play the name of the dairy company, Borden (which used to make ice cream), and the vodka company, Gordon's. You don't need to use a top shelf vodka for this recipe but we'd advise using something better quality than Gordon's brand (which is essentially considered "bottom shelf").

2017-11-15 07:00:00

Garlic And Cheddar Chicken Thighs  

This baked garlic chicken thigh recipe has two kinds of cheese mixed right into the breading for a flavorful, crisp coating.

2017-11-13 07:00:00

Red Wine Cranberry Sauce  

Souse up your cranberry sauce this holiday season. Red wine enhances the flavor of the cranberries in ways you won't believe! Bonus: no stirring needed since this is made in the crock pot!

2017-11-10 07:00:00

Serbian Goulash-Paprikash  

Hard to pronounce but easy to make. Enjoy the tender lamb simmered with the worldly spice of paprika and hearty potatoes. Add a red chili to make this southeastern European soup shine.

2017-11-08 07:00:00

Cardamom Coconut Macaroons  

Cardamom adds a warm, aromatic flavor to these easy-to-make sweet treats.

2017-11-07 07:00:00

Pork & Cashews  

Strips of pork are slow cooked in a soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic mixture in the crock pot. The pork turns out wonderfully tender and flavorful. Stir in the cashews during the last 30 minutes of cooking or simply garnish with them when serving.

2017-11-03 07:00:00

Pantry Tomato Soup  

Some days there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of warm tomato soup. When fresh tomatoes aren't an option this pantry version will substitute nicely, bringing a homemade flavor with simple ingredients.

2017-11-01 07:00:00

Lizard Skins  

Cereal bars are always a hit but these green "lizard skins" will be the hit of your Halloween party.

2017-10-31 07:00:00

Homemade Cheddar Cheese Cranberry Ball  

This makes a great cheeseball for parties. Cream cheese and cheddar cheese are mixed together in a ball and rolled in chopped walnuts, parsley, and dried cranberries.

2017-10-31 07:00:00


Drink too many of these and you'll probably start seeing ghosts. This tasty cocktail is made with vodka, Bailey's and Kahlua.

2017-10-31 07:00:00

French Reuben Sandwich  

A French twist on the classic deli sandwich. Corned beef with swiss, sauerkraut, and French dressing instead of the traditional thousand island.

2017-10-30 07:00:00

Fun and Spooky Halloween Foods  

Halloween is a holiday that's fun for all--both kids and kids at heart consider it to be a favorite holiday. While this occasion is a celebration of all things ghostly, it's also the day to enjoy lots of laughs, sugar and treats. Your kids will delight in some of the fun and funky ideas out there for creative Halloween fare, including some of the ones here on CDKitchen. You can base a whole meal around such...

2017-10-29 07:00:00

Max's Deli Turkey Black Bean Chili  

Turkey, black beans, tomatoes, onions, and green chiles pack these bowls to the brim with spices to give it some kick.

2017-10-24 07:00:00

Palacsinta (Hungarian Crepes)  

A variety of crepe, also known as Palatschinke, that is common in Eastern Europe. This version prepares the crepes and filling as usual but finishes them with a sour cream coating.

2017-10-17 07:00:00

General Tso's Chicken With Bell Peppers And Bok Choy  

If you could pick a superpower, wouldn't it be the ability to make Chinese takeout at home? If it is, General Tso's is a great start. Ginger, chili paste and hoisin sauce give the chicken deep flavor while bok choy and bell peppers provide a crunchy complement.

2017-10-16 07:00:00

P.F. Chang's Spicy Chicken  

This popular dish from P.F. Chang's is made with stir-fried chicken that is tossed with a spicy sauce and served over rice or noodles. The sauce recipe and cooking method can also be used with shrimp.

2017-10-15 07:00:00

Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar  

If acorn squash isn't available you can substitute another winter squash like butternut, buttercup, or even small pie pumpkins. For an added treat, drizzle a little maple syrup over the cooked squash!

2017-10-13 07:00:00

Mock Chicken Fried Steak  

No cube steak? No problem. This version of chicken fried steak is made with ground beef patties that are coated with a cracker crumb crust before frying.

2017-10-12 07:00:00

Classic Pepperoni And Mozzarella Cheese Pizza  

This recipe hits the sweet spot for a homemade pizza that's tasty but not too time consuming. Change up the toppings to your cheese-loving heart's desire!

2017-10-11 07:00:00

Tapas Meatballs With Orange Glaze  

Bite-sized meatballs are stuffed with feta cheese and served with a spicy jalapeno-orange glaze.

2017-10-10 07:00:00

Currant Pumpkin Muffins  

These muffins taste like pumpkin pie! You can easily substitute raisins for the currants if you wish.

2017-10-10 07:00:00

TGI Friday's Au Gratin Potatoes  

Colby, mozzarella, and bechamel sauce turn ordinary potatoes into an extravagant affair . No need to dine out for this delicious dish. This copycat can easily be made at home.

2017-10-09 07:00:00

Best-Ever Chops  

Meaty pork chops are cooked in a tangy tomato sauce and served over rice.

2017-10-06 07:00:00

Easy Pumpkin Bundt Cake  

This Bundt cake tastes like it was made from scratch but it secretly starts with a box of yellow cake mix.

2017-10-04 07:00:00

Simple Chocolate-Covered Pretzels  

Anybody know what genius first decided to cover pretzels in chocolate? This ultra-easy recipe makes a great homemade version of the classic sweet and salty morsel. Adding a sprinkle of sea salt is yet another stroke of genius.

2017-10-03 07:00:00

Yom Kippur: Before and After the Fast  

Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, is considered to be the single holiest day of the Jewish year, aside from the weekly Sabbath observance. As an act of repentance, Jews fast from sundown on the eve of Yom Kippur, known as Kol Nidre, to sundown the next day. This symbolic act is to atone for sins and to reflect on the actions of the past year. The final meal prior to the fast is eaten early in the evening before the sun sets, whereas the break-the-fast meal is consumed once the sun has set, makin

2017-09-29 03:04:03

Chipotle Chicken Pasta Soup  

The ultimate chicken soup - for the soul and the stomach! This soup will definitely cure what ails you. It's loaded up with vegetables, pasta, and some Tex-Mex flavors of cumin and chipotle. Best of all, it's made with homemade chicken stock.

2017-09-27 04:59:54

Pear Crumble Pie  

Fresh pears are baked in a pie crust with a spiced streusel-like topping.

2017-09-26 04:36:52

Almost Hamburger Helper  

Not one, but four beefy recipes. Between chili mac, stroganoff, potato casserole and lasagna you're sure to find a favorite that sticks. You'll be ditching the boxed stuff for sure!

2017-09-20 03:46:25

Vanilla Cupcakes For Two  

The perfect recipe when you don't want to make a full batch of cupcakes. This recipe makes two light and fluffy vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting.

2017-09-19 02:09:35

Homemade Ethnic Dishes Made Easy  

As the weather turns chillier, and stormy for some of us, my thoughts turn to hearty cooking and bold flavors. At the end of a long early September week of rain and unseasonably cold weather, I want to turn to a comforting dinner, but I still want something that's a little exciting. Some of the most soul satisfying dishes are the ones that come from simple ethnic traditions. And rather than picking up the phone to order takeout, one of the easiest ways to explore the cooking of different nationa

2017-09-18 04:51:01

America's Best Baked Potato Soup  

Love baked potatoes loaded up with cheese and bacon? Then this soup is right up your alley. It has a creamy base made with onions cooked in bacon drippings, seasonings, and half and half. The potatoes are baked first then added to the soup. Top off individual servings with bacon, cheese, and green onions.

2017-09-17 01:58:25

Killer Chocolate Frosting  

The trick to this creamy frosting is the sweetened condensed milk. It makes a rich, smooth frosting that we love to use on sheet cakes or brownies.

2017-09-16 04:57:39

You Say 'Chow-dah,' I Say Chowder  

When my parents offered to fly me and my husband to San Luis Obispo, California, we eagerly agreed. A weekend getaway to the Central Coast of California was the perfect break from work and Memphis. When we arrived at their beach house, my mom was unloading bags of food from the back of her pickup. While I helped stock the fridge, she made us barbequed chicken sandwiches, with goldfish crackers. She told us we must be starving, since we didn't get lunch on the flight (My mom believes everyone is

2017-09-16 03:17:02

Spicy Oven Fries  

These oven fries are tender on the inside but have a nice crunch on the outside, unlike other oven-baked fries.

2017-09-15 01:24:41

A Meal Worth Coming Home To  

Ah, September. Vacations are over, summer homes are locked up, children are back in school. For me, September means the end of wild summer travels, a new home in New York City, and a return to a semblance of normalcy. No more scouring the shelves of a sparsely stocked African grocery store for vegetables, now I will have bags full of produce to lug home from the farmer's market once a week. No more eating in for necessity to save money as we did in Switzerland, now we will cook at home because w

2017-09-13 02:35:59

Pork Steak Saute  

Pork steaks are coated in herbs, pan-fried, then simmered in the oven until tender.

2017-09-13 02:15:34

Chocolate Bark Candy  

An easy way to make your own candy bars (or is that candy bark?). Just stir your favorite add-ins into the melted chocolate coating (white, dark, milk, etc) and let harden in desired shapes. For an extra decorative touch, drizzle some contrasting chocolate over the bark once it has cooled.

2017-09-12 04:21:44

Edible Art: Food For Play  

Just the other day we were surveying the ingredients we needed for making sushi, and the dark-green, shiny sheets of nori caught my daughter's attention. "Mommy, this would be fun to cut! I could make a picture collage if it's OK to cut this." How could anyone say no to such an inspired quest for creativity? That crinkly texture did indeed look enticing to cut. In fact, it got us both thinking of the ingredients stored in the pantry in a whole new light, and we searched out some other interest

2017-09-12 02:46:59

Walkin' the Hog  

As I was picking beans a few weeks ago, I looked up and saw my neighbors walking with three hogs down the center of our gravel road. Their little jiggly butts (point of clarification--the hogs' butts, not my neighbors') slowly swaggered down the street. I was more than curious. Why would anyone take a hog for a walk? According to my neighbor Elizabeth who was getting the hogs ready for competition at our county 4-H fair, walking the hogs helps prepare them for showing and firms them up a bit. Ju

2017-09-11 02:10:10

Mighty Mushrooms  

Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are the first to catch my eye when I'm shopping for produce. Their dazzling colors quickly grab my attention. Not so for the mushrooms. Their beige and brown colors are less attractive, making them easy to ignore. But these little fungi deserve more than a passing glance. Despite their humble appearance, mushrooms have a lot to offer the healthy eater. The most commonly consumed mushroom in the US is the white button mushroom. With approximately 100 calorie

2017-09-10 02:31:35

Dutch Apple Pie Filling For Canning  

Have delicious apple pie filling on hand any time you have the urge to bake. Homemade is so much better than store bought. Don't have a canner? You can freeze the pie filling instead!

2017-09-10 02:05:15

Hot and Cold Front  

September is the time of year when two worlds collide; we say goodbye to the waning days of summer and welcome the brisk months of autumn. This transition is not always smooth, but it never ceases to excite. Cool, dewy mornings can evolve into long warm evenings. Clear skies can quickly turn ominous with the crash of thunderstorms overhead. Like a warm front meeting a cold front and the drama that ensues, so our world of food benefits from the clashing of opposites.

2017-09-09 03:41:40

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls  

Make cabbage rolls the easy way! Ground beef is sauteed with onions, garlic, shredded cabbage, tomato soup, and tomato sauce and served on top of cooked rice.

2017-09-09 02:40:45

Shrimp Newburg  

A creamy and flavorful shrimp dish served over rice.

2017-09-08 02:08:29

Aloo Gobi (Indian Potatoes And Cauliflower)  

Curried veggies make for a spectacular spicy side dish. Potatoes and cauliflower get spiced with ginger, garlic, and garam masala for that magical blend of Indian flavors.

2017-09-08 01:31:35

But, Does She Cook?  

Although official figures are hard to come by, my dating experience has taught me that expectations for nubile women are changing dramatically with each new generation. Over the past couple of years I have had a number of young women stay overnight in my guest room ('cause I don't shack-up on the first or even second date). On the morning after I have heard, more than once, variations of this sentence: "I did not make the bed. Is that OK? I really don't know how to make them." I admit I no long

2017-09-08 01:20:14

Low Expectations: What Does the Bachelor Bring to a Potluck?  

It's that time of year when poor students--undergraduate and graduate alike--are clamoring to get together to reacquaint themselves with each other. It's also that time of year when married couples invite everyone they know to assemble in their backyard to test out the newest bug-zapping technologies. If you're the single guy, getting an invitation to one of these gatherings can really throw you for a loop.

2017-09-08 01:04:50

Little Blue Life-Boats: Living On Mac and Cheese  

Here we are in week-three of our college preparedness for bachelors. Over the last two weeks we have discussed how to avoid the dreaded "Freshman Fifteen" and what items every bachelor needs for his dorm room. Now we are finally down the meat of things, or as the case may be, the meatlessness of things: how to eat and survive in the dorm room. We've already covered cafeteria food and fast food, but what about make-your-own style food? What's cheap and easy? What anti-cafeteria cuisine can susta

2017-09-07 02:16:28

Tilapia, the Other White Fish  

I have a confession to make. As a former seafood snob, I never gave tilapia the chance it deserved. When this type of fish became popular in the late 1990's, I tasted it once and relegated it to the category of cat food. The tilapia I had at that time had a mushy texture and muddy taste, similar to catfish, which just didn't agree with me. So while tilapia became ubiquitous on some restaurant menus, cooking shows, and at the seafood counter, I crossed it off my list. And most "serious" chefs see

2017-09-07 02:07:43

The New School Lunch "Box"  

Do you remember the old school metal lunchbox that came with its own thermos bottle? Embellished with a favorite TV show character, action figure, or comic strip superhero, these sturdy workhorses lasted through years of use and abuse (That's why you can still find them as collectible items on eBay). Before the days of drink boxes and water bottles, the good old-fashioned matching thermos could hold a cold or warm beverage of choice. The cap on the top also could function as a bowl, and on a co

2017-09-06 02:52:35

Making School Lunch as Cool as Their Lunchbox  

No matter how cool the super hero is on the outside of the lunch box, it's getting your kid to eat what's on the inside that's the real challenge. Now, you could cop out and send your child to school with a box full of cheesy crackers, sugary fruit punch, and bologna sandwiches, but in the interest of health and good parenting you might consider a more interesting, and healthy, packed lunch. Even if they hate you now for not packing something full of sugar and fat, trust me, they'll thank you la

2017-09-05 05:28:23

Got Wind? Grind Wheat.  

Flour. Isn't it one of those kitchen staples that we tend to take for granted? Oh, sure the bin on the counter needs refilling once in a while, but it's something that's always there - ready and waiting at our beck and call. It's one of those modern everyday ingredients that always seems to be waiting (yes, so nice and neatly) on the shelf in those ubiquitous five-pound bags. Really, I doubt if the average American gives much thought to the process (or even the product) in those paper sacks. Oh

2017-09-05 02:30:30

Labor of Love  

Cooking should be a labor of love. For many years it has been just that for me. Any of you reading this article or browsing this website probably feel the same way. Most likely, cooking feeds your soul, and feeding others brings you joy and satisfaction. Labor Day was created more than 100 years ago to celebrate the contributions of the American worker to society and to the strength of our great nation. So many of us, whether professional or not, work hard in the kitchen. In honor of this nation

2017-09-04 04:32:39

Zucchini With Shrimp  

Shrimp is stir fried and mixed with steamed asparagus and zucchini ribbons.

2017-09-04 04:32:34

Back to School Food Revolution  

It's already Labor Day and back to school time is here. With late summer's quickly passing days comes an end to relaxed routines and carefree days. Not only is it time for our kids to go back to school and hit the books, it is also time to get serious about healthy eating. If your family's nutritional habits have slipped by the wayside during the summer - and whose don't with all those delicious summertime treats around - then September is a good time to start heading in the right direction.

2017-09-04 03:13:16

It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's Super Food!  

This morning, I made a preschooler very happy with his breakfast. I didn't start out with grand intentions in mind. I was just throwing together a quick French toast using some leftover Italian bread, along with some turkey bacon. But I had a stroke of genius when I was putting everything together on the plate. We have these kiddie plates that are divided into three sections, one large area in the middle and two smaller ones off to the sides. The finished oval shaped French toast went in the cen

2017-09-03 04:22:31

Balsamic Vinegar Marinade for Chicken  

Vinegar is a great tenderizer for meats when used as a marinade. A good quality balsamic vinegar should have a slightly sweet taste to it so keep that in mind when buying it for this recipe. Don't cheap out or you'll miss out!

2017-09-02 05:55:58

Burger Bar For Labor Day  

Burgers, hot dogs, tacos, pizza: no everyday food is too pedestrian for even the most critically acclaimed chef these days. Whether it's a function of the economic change or there has been a seismic shift in public taste, it seems that as a food culture we are rediscovering our love of those most basic of foods.

2017-09-02 02:44:41

Homemade Ice Cream Truck Treats  

As summer comes to an unofficial close this Labor Day, you may hear the familiar jingle of the neighborhood ice cream truck one last time. That tune inspires a sense of nostalgia, and sends many grown up hearts soaring and little legs skipping to the music and running for spare change. The good news is that we still have several official summer days left, although the end of the summer vacation season is just about here. You can keep that carefree summer feeling going just a while longer with de

2017-09-02 01:45:19

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches  

The crock pot is a great way to cook the tender beef needed for these iconic sandwiches.

2017-09-01 05:06:58

A Bite of the Apple  

What's your apple eating style? Are you an "Equator Eater?" You are if you take a big bite out of the center of the apple and eat a band around the middle before consuming the top and bottom. Or maybe you employ the "Top to Bottom" strategy of starting at the stem end; eating in a vertical line down to the bottom of the apple and then returning to the top again, munching in side by side vertical strips until the apple is finished.

2017-09-01 03:26:24

Sauce Required; Napkin Optional  

When I first moved to Memphis, TN more than a year ago, I had no idea what the heart of the city was. I was surprised to find a large, silver pyramid glistening beside the river. I also discovered that there are three things that mean a lot to a true Memphian: Elvis, the blues, and barbeque. In fact, Memphis calls itself the barbecue capital of the world. I won't debate the legitimacy of that fact at this point, but I will say that there is some pretty dang good BBQ here.

2017-08-31 04:18:39

The Fruits of Our Labor Day Weekend  

Last weekend to wear white, last party weekend of the summer, last three day weekend until Columbus Day--Labor Day weekend means a lot of things to a lot of different people. What I think we might forget is why we celebrate the weekend in the first place. Unlike most of our national holidays which are tied to either military endeavors or religious observances, Labor Day was created with the pure intention of recognizing those laborers who built the country we now enjoy.

2017-08-30 04:23:05

Milk Chocolate Butterscotch Cafe Cookies  

This is a great way to make a batch of cookies from purchased cookie dough taste like homemade. You can use other refrigerated cookie dough flavors if you wish (the sugar cookie dough is the most basic so it gives you the most flexibility).

2017-08-30 03:29:13

Not-Quite-Instant Noodles  

The appeal of a cup of noodles is undeniable. Ask any college graduate and there was probably a time in his or her life when instant noodles were such a diet essential they could have been their own food group. As grownups with bigger bank accounts, the heart may still hold a special place for these delicious, nominally nutritious cups of noodles and broth, but the head may now know a little better than to be eating them every day. However, just because we may have outgrown the Styrofoam cup ver

2017-08-30 02:49:13

No Taste Like Home  

Often it is through travel that we come to realize those things close to home that we hold most dear. Food is one of the most immediate sources of nostalgia when on the road. For example, after two weeks of eating tacos in Mexico it is unlikely that you will head straight to Taco Bell upon your return to the States. Rather, as the palate wearies of salsa and Margaritas your mind might start drifting to ketchup and bourbon, those comfort foods you associate with home, the familiar.

2017-08-29 02:51:22

More Peas, Please  

Peas do not have the best reputation. The idea of "eating ones peas" can evoke bad childhood trauma of shriveling green peas served as the ubiquitous side dish to the average American suburban meal. Put "mushy" in front of "peas" and the image of the standard baby food accompaniment to English fish and chips spring up. Even the color "pea green" when used to describe say, a couch or clothing, is said with a grimace and a sneer; it is the descriptor of distaste. What green peas have is a marketin

2017-08-29 02:23:53

Szechuan-Style Pork Cutlets  

Looking for something different to spice up your dinner? Try this recipe using pork cutlets and a flavorful homemade Szechuan sauce.

2017-08-29 01:43:07

Building a Better Burger  

This coming weekend we say goodbye to summer, stow away our white shoes, and stash the grill until the next heat wave. Even with the grill retired, however, chances are that some of those grilled classics will stay in your repertoire year-round via your grill pan or your oven. If that is the case, it is never too late to rethink that classic grilled item: the burger.

2017-08-28 05:48:03

Cooking Defined  

In any profession where one is considered an expert, it is easy to forget our audience may not be as proficient in the lingo as we are. GRP, CPM, VPVH might sound like diseases to the average person but are common acronyms in the world of advertisers. Pallet, LFO, PO: all everyday terminology in the universe of distributors but gibberish to the rest of us. And just like every business that has its own dictionary of terms, the cooking world is full of all sorts of word that could very well sound

2017-08-28 05:06:04

Canned or Fresh, Tuna Revisited  

Childhood is full of memories and for most of us those memories include foods that we just couldn't stand eating. Whether your parents were generally good cooks like mine, or not so good, there was always something you just couldn't stand eating. Personally, aside from the evil potato, I just couldn't stomach the texture of sauteed yellow squash and zucchini, both of which my mother loved. Friends of mine have shared horror stories of over-cooked carrots and Popeye-like slimy spinach. But it is

2017-08-27 01:19:59

Spicing Up Dinner With The Indian Cupboard  

It seems to me that as home cooks in America, Asian food tends to scare us. If the recipe doesn't utilize premade teriyaki sauce, a jar of curry paste, or a packet of pre-blended spice mix, we'd probably just rather order take-out. And of the many intimidating Asian cuisines with their complex seasonings, probably none seems more foreign than Indian food. Just one look at the lunch buffet at an Indian restaurant and one thinks there is no way you could replicate the flavors and aromas of such a

2017-08-27 01:11:45

There's More to Melon Than Fruit Salad Filler  

Some call it "fruit salad filler". I call it one of the world's most underrated fruit categories. Whatever you call it, chances are there is more to the humble melon than meets the eye. With flesh in shades of pale tangerine and translucent lime green, melons like cantaloupe and honeydew are the most recognized and perhaps most passed-over of the fruits on your typical fruit tray. But with new varieties of melon from Central Asia popping up in American fields and making their way to US markets,

2017-08-26 05:47:26

Rainforest Cafe Maya Pastalaya  

The Rainforest Cafe, another restaurant chain owned by Landry's, is wildly famous for this recipe. It's a delicious blend of chicken, shrimp, and sausage in a jambalaya-style dish that also includes pasta.

2017-08-26 04:33:28

Chocolate Primer 102: Be Temperamental!  

Last week we discussed the different types of chocolate, their properties and what they're used for. This time, I thought we'd go over the several methods of tempering chocolate. As previously mentioned, tempering refers to the process of heating chocolate to a certain temperature and then cooling it so that the fat crystals in the sugar reconfigure properly. This gives you a shiny, snappy chocolate that should 'set up,' or harden quickly and not melt at the touch of your fingers. There are sev

2017-08-26 03:50:28

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomatoes in the Slow Cooker  

I am proud to say that I have finally achieved gardening success. After a few years of trying to grow non productive tomato plants in the mostly shaded back patio of my old apartment, there is a bumper crop of fresh tomatoes in my new garden. All it took was a nice sunny patch of land, a very small amount of labor, and some semi-regular watering; now my gardening efforts appear to be paying back dividends that are far greater than the total effort I put in.

2017-08-25 04:35:02

Greek Salad with Avocado and Dill  

What tastes fresher than Mediterranean food? This Greek salad packed with tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta makes for a delicious lunch to power you through the rest of the day. As with everything, avocado makes it even better.

2017-08-25 03:58:39

Making Healthy Food Fun  

Have you seen the guidelines recommended for kids' healthy eating? They don't mess around. For example, according to Jessica Seinfeld, author of the attention-garnering Deceptively Delicious, these are the servings of foods that your kids should be ingesting on a daily basis: Vegetables: 3 (1

2017-08-25 03:13:51

Healthy Hiker Diet  

My legs are aching but my stomach is not. I have been in Switzerland for several days now living out my Alpine hiker fantasies along with my boyfriend. We are staying at a friend's ski chalet, for our summer purposes transformed into the cozy haven we retreat to a the end of each day to soak our sore muscles in a hot shower and refuel with home-cooked meals before heading out again the next day. The ascents here come quick and hard. Two hikes we've been on the starting portion requires a 700 foo

2017-08-24 05:25:29

Mexican Melting Pot  

Mexico City has just made my Top Ten List of favorite cities in the world. When I told people I was going to Mexico for a few days, they instantly thought of me and some crazy friends in Cancun making our own version of Girls Gone Wild. When I told them I was going to Mexico City to attend an Orthodox Jewish Mexican wedding, the reaction was confusion, then mild disappointment, followed by the question, "Jewish people live in Mexico?" But once you understand a bit about the history of the city,

2017-08-24 01:25:37

Cheesy Noodles With Corn  

Set yourself apart and take your mac-n-cheese to the next level with this corny twist on a classic.

2017-08-23 05:30:59

Louisiana Mud Bugs  

When I started writing this column I originally planned on slowly leaking out my Cajun Country standards over the course of many, many months. Although my favorite cuisine is of the Cajun, Creole, and Low Country variety, my charge was to write for the average bachelor. I mean, this ain't "Cajun Cookin'," it's "Bachelor Chow." Yet every time this bachelor shows up at a pot-luck or party with food, friends keep asking me to post the recipe of whatever is brought. Today's recipe is no exception: I

2017-08-23 04:33:54

Shoo Fly, Shoo: A Different Kind of Pie  

Now where in the world would you find a pie named after a fly? Home to multitudes of the plain sect and Amish, our home county is privy to some unusually good baked treats, one of which is Shoofly Pie. And first time visitors aren't the only ones who stop and comment on this pie with an unusual name. Natives wonder too. My daughter asked me this very question just the other day. "How did Shoofly Pie get its name?" And darned if I didn't know. So, if you're not one of the thousands of tourists

2017-08-23 04:13:51

Watermelon Mojitos  

A delicious twist on the popular summer cocktail. This version includes watermelon puree which gives it a light, slightly sweet flavor.

2017-08-23 03:12:41

Summer Corn And Arugula Salad  

Corn, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and arugula are tossed with a light vinaigrette. Delicious served at room temperature or lightly chilled.

2017-08-22 05:55:55

The Fig Is Your Just Desserts  

Writing a column on meals that can be made in under 30 minutes always seems to come up dramatically short in one area of the meal: the end. Dessert, arguably the best and most memorable part of dinner, is certainly the most difficult to make from scratch in a limited time frame. Yes, there are many shortcuts one can take, from dressing up store-bought pound cake to outsourcing the entire dessert from those pastry chefs who really know what they are doing. But at the end of the day, there is noth

2017-08-22 03:59:10

Grilling Up a Hot Summer Salad  

In the dead of summer, menu planning often revolves around two main elements: barbecue and salads. During the summer when we can't stand the heat, we do what what we do to get out of the kitchen. We either take that heat outside for a barbecue, or we turn off the heat altogether for a summer salad. What we don't often explore is how to meld those to cooking essentials, barbecues and salads, for an updated twist on two summer classics. We don't often think of using lettuce for grilling, but there

2017-08-22 03:20:19

Don't Look Now: Cucumber Snack Crunch  

I just love it when kids get good ideas in the kitchen. Recently we were putting some groceries away when a light bulb moment struck daughter. I had just been to our nearest discount grocery store - and it's always a fun surprise to see the sorts of interesting bents and dents that can be had for a quarter or two (Especially those organic and all-natural items, like 8-grain crackers, muesli, or even some Paul Newman salad dressing). Busily unpacking, there turned up a box of Triscuits - perfect

2017-08-21 03:29:10

Nutrition Spotlight: Protein  

What's for dinner? What does a body good? Got milk? Where's the beef? (Yeah, I know that's an old one!) Slogans, logos and catchy jingles come at us from every direction these days. And protein, carbohydrates, fats ... those terms that modern Americans are so often counting, lamenting and just tossing around can easily confuse kids. Take protein for example: do your kids - do you?! - have a good grasp, even a basic understanding, of what protein is and what it does for your body? Come to thin

2017-08-21 02:18:27

Grilled Thai Chicken  

Boneless chicken is marinated in a mixture of garlic, coconut milk, coriander, ginger, mustard, and curry powder and then cooked on a hot grill.

2017-08-20 05:12:15

A Cool Noodle For A Hot Spell  

There's barely a day when I would turn down a plate of noodles. That being said, the pastas of winter, like artery coating carbonara or dense meat-filled tortellini, are hardly the stuff of bikini-ready bodies and scorching summer heat. But hot as it may be, noodles still call my name far into the summer months. Luckily plates of long, skinny satisfying noodles do not need to wait for sweater weather. As anyone familiar with the foods of South East Asia can tell you, rice noodles can fill a crav

2017-08-20 04:30:31

Seafood That's Fast and Family Friendly  

Fish and seafood are such an important part of our diet, contributing lean protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are so beneficial to vision and brain development. In fact, Omega 3's such as DHA are deemed so crucial that many prenatal vitamins and infant formulas now include them. The current dietary recommendation is to get at least two servings of seafood per week. With that in mind, there is a bit of concern over fish that contain mercury, such as swordfish, shark, tilefish, and king macker

2017-08-19 05:03:18

Preserving Summer's Bounty  

As this summer draws to a close, backyard vegetable gardening enthusiasts are celebrating the bounty of the season. If you had a good year in the garden, then right now your kitchen might be flush with ripening squash, pepper, cucumbers, melon, corn, and tomatoes. Those of us who do not have our own vegetable patch may be fortunate to have a friend or coworker who supplies us with freshly picked produce and herbs. A common gardener's conundrum is how to use up all the wonderful produce that seem

2017-08-19 02:58:43

Market Fresh California Meets Asian Sauce  

Inspiration for cooking comes from lots of places: new cookbooks, magazine articles, restaurant meals. This week's inspiration derived from a combination of factors: a recently published cookbook on a popular Asian condiment, the relatively small but excellent bounty of a community farmers market, and my mother's garden. Visiting my parents during Southern California's growing season never fails to inspire my kitchen creativity. While my mom gives the tour of the garden, excitedly telling me ab

2017-08-18 01:38:04

Seed Savers: Are You One?  

Heirloom seeds. Hmmm, sounds like something that's been discovered in my grandmother's attic. I can just envision it: An avid gardener, she picked the seed heads off her favorites at the end of the season, letting them dry completely in the crisp autumn air under clear blue skies. She spreads them out on screens in her backyard, grouping the vegetables and fruits together, the low-growing flowers and tall perennials into their own specially designated areas. When sure they were completely dry -

2017-08-18 01:05:51

Healthy and Delicious Beans  

Cooked beans and legumes offer a healthy option to add meatless protein to your meals. They have long been a staple of vegetarian diets but are suitable for carnivores as well. From white beans to kidney beans to lentils, a serving provides a relatively high amount of protein and a high fiber content with little fat and no saturated fat.

2017-08-17 05:40:44

Lemonade Pork Steaks  

An overnight soak in a spiced lemonade marinade is the key to these tender pork steaks.

2017-08-17 04:33:36

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