Use Pepperplate for Easy Meal Planning (and Shopping!)

About the time I was putting together my Planning for Success Thanksgiving post, I stumbled across Pepperplate.com. This planning/organization tool has revolutionized the way I plan meals and dramatically decreased the amount of time I spend doing it. Pepperplate is a free app that allows you to search for recipes and save them in a … Continue reading

Planning for success — Thanksgiving the easy way

First Thanksgiving

I’ve been remiss in my blogging lately. Not because I’m not cooking and not because I don’t enjoy blogging anymore. No, over the last couple of months I’ve spent much of my spare time getting my older daughter into college. She’s a senior in high school. Between online research, campus visits, communicating with her guidance … Continue reading

S’mores Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate!

S’mores are a tradition with our family, even if we only manage them once during the course of a summer. We had an exceptionally active summer this year, made possible by endless hot days and dry evenings. (Always my preference over the chilly, rainy summers we sometimes endure.) We took in an Akron Aeros baseball … Continue reading

Wild Rice Salad with Cashews

Salty, crunchy, tangy, tasty

This tasty chilled salad from author Patricia Cornwell was featured in Parade Magazine a couple of weeks ago. The mix of tangy rice and salty cashews offers a refreshing change from your typical bean, corn, potato or macaroni summer dishes.  (And, I thought the leftovers were even better after the flavors had a chance to … Continue reading

Sausage and Tortellini Soup with Spinach

Really tasty, really easy

I spent about 45 minutes perusing cookbooks at my local Barnes & Noble on a recent afternoon, searching for one that “spoke” to me.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for — I’d know it when I found it. I flipped through the pages of every type of cookery book imaginable, but nothing … Continue reading

Kitchen Workhorse: The Slow Cooker

Creamy and mildly sweet

I’ve long felt crockpots get short shrift.  While true epicures may look down their noses at the provenance of slow cooker meals, you cannot deny the crockpot is a kitchen workhorse, especially for cooks short on time. I rely on my crockpot a lot, probably at least a couple of times a week on average.  … Continue reading

First meal from the new kitchen – breakfast!

Cute little breakfast cups

We had the first “official” meal from the new kitchen this weekend.  (I did use the crockpot for a few meals last week as the remodel finished up, but I’m not counting those since we were transitioning and didn’t use any of the new appliances.) The first meal was . . . drumroll, please . … Continue reading

And the winner is . . .

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A couple of weeks ago, I announced a springtime giveaway to celebrate several food/blogging milestones. The contest was a random drawing, and I’m happy to announce Maureen Chapman is the winner of the Hutzler Garlic Slicer/Shredder! Congratulations, Maureen!  And thanks to everyone who entered!

It’s Just a Kitchen Remodel

A mere shell of its former self

I’m at the tail-end of a kitchen remodel that has, so far, lasted five weeks. For more than half that time, the kitchen has been unusable. No running water. No cupboards. No counter space. No oven or cooktop. No place to put our mail or school papers when we come home! Forget preparing food; we … Continue reading

Giveaway from KarenCooking – Hutzler Garlic Slicer/Shredder

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In celebration of several springtime milestones (and because I’m currently unable to cook and blog about it due to the kitchen remodel), I’m offering a giveaway! During the past few months I’ve: reached my one-year blogging anniversary. joined Pinterest to find and share recipes and food ideas. launched the KarenCooking Facebook page. I’m giving away a … Continue reading

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