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

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

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

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

7 x 7 Link Award

Although I have been plugging away at my blog for a while now, I admit I sometimes must push myself to keep going.  So when a fellow blogger recently nominated me for a blog award, it was a welcome surprise. Although I am a bit belated in doing so, I am happily accepting the 7 … Continue reading

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KarenCooking now has a Facebook page – hope to see you there!

Pinner Dinner: Using Pinterest to Plan Meals

I have been on fire with Pinterest . . . in terms of finding recipes, that is. As alluded to previously, I’m obsessed with searching for recipe ideas via the online bulletin board. Instead of scanning a printed recipe to determine a meal’s appeal, I can make an almost instantaneous decision by looking at an … Continue reading

Food Gift Baskets

Looking for a customized gift that’s almost sure to be appreciated?  Try creating a food gift basket. Food gift baskets are versatile and can match any occasion (showers, weddings, birthdays, etc.).  For example, I created a baking-themed basket last year for my daughter’s travel softball fundraiser (each family was required to provide a basket to … Continue reading

Food for Thought

I find myself very distracted from my blog writing lately.  I haven’t quit cooking; I’m still trying three or four new recipes each week.  Instead, I find my mind (and time) seduced by a whole slew of other diversions. The tempters: Food writing.  My husband understands that I crave mental sustenance just as much as … Continue reading

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