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

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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Penne with Gorgonzola Cream and Cranberries

This simple recipe blends Gorgonzola with dried cranberries and toasted pecans (or walnuts, if you prefer) for a standout supper that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. With such easy preparation, it’s a handy recipe to have at-the-ready for holiday meals or other social gatherings when you want to serve a delicious meal without spending … Continue reading

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

Pressed for time? Press a sandwich.

A simple panini is a great time-saver during the busy holiday season.  This classic version of the Italian sandwich appeals to lots of tastes – including kids’.  Prep is minimal, consisting simply of slicing bread and tomatoes, and cutting cheese slices in half.  Everything else – dressing, deli meat, peppers – is already prepared.  And … Continue reading

One recipe = cookie for all seasons

I love these butter cookies because they: Have a great texture (slightly crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside) Taste delicious Are easy to make Can match any theme or occasion They were simply red and green sugar-topped Christmas cookies when I was growing up — my mom got the recipe from Progressive Farmer … Continue reading

My First Cookbook – sometimes the daydreams are better than the dishes

As much as I love cooking, I think I love reading about the creation of dishes even more. Perusing recipes is a favorite pastime, although I can’t really explain why. I could spend hours at the kitchen table with a stack of cookbooks, newspaper food sections and cooking magazines (especially if you throw in a … Continue reading

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