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

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

Roasted Chickpeas – Addictively Crunchy!

Crunchy and satisfying!

I ran across this snack recipe recently while visiting Reini Days. The Jilb (host of Reini Days) shared photos of incredibly tasty-looking roasted chickpeas (or garbanzo beans, as they’re sometimes called). She profiled spiced, honey and sweet and salty variations, and while all three were appetizing, I found the spicy version particularly so. I followed … Continue reading

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Cheese and Crab Brunch Bake

Cheesy (in a good way)

While it seems many of the breakfast casserole recipes I sample are variations of the egg and sausage strata, I recently tried a tasty twist highlighting crabmeat, fresh lemon and cheese. Built on English muffins, it emerged soufflé-like from the oven, settling back into manageable proportions as it cooled. With its base of half-and-half, eggs … Continue reading

Pickled Easter Eggs

This post is for everyone who’d like to incorporate a new seasonal food into their Easter celebration. I’m recommending pickled eggs to go along with your classic hard-boiled dyed eggs. (Or better yet — dye your Easter eggs, admire them and then peel and throw them into pickling brine!) I didn’t know anything about pickled … Continue reading

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