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Summer Tomato Salad

Have you ever noticed a correlation between the warm hot summer weather and not wanting to turn your oven on or cook indoors at all?  I can easily be lured by the blue skies and the 70s and above temperatures not to give a second thought to cooking and instead go the nearest deli and pick up a dinner to go that will give me a night off from dinner duty. However, when farmers markets sell local ripe fruits and vegetables, the temptation to eat out can be tamed.  The […]

Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches

Has anyone noticed kids preferring to eat just the ice cream instead of the accompanying cake at birthday parties?  In case you’re wondering, licking the frosting off the cupcake doesn’t count as eating cake. Last year I attended more than two dozen birthday parties and I am seeing a growing trend.  More and more kids are saying, “No cake please, just ice cream.”  Even my older daughter Abigail requested a few years ago not to have birthday cake but instead ice cream sundaes for her guests. With the cupcake rage […]

Red White Blue Jello

A fun multi-colored layered jello treat. Red, white, and blue layers of Jello cut into bite sized pieces perfect to bring to a July 4th picnic. Continue

Sweet Potato Leek Soup recipe

Tomato Watermelon Prosciutto Salad

No one wants to cook indoors when the thermometer reads above 80 degrees outside and 95 degrees inside. Turning on the oven or stove is a no-no, which is why salads are a great option.  However, salads can be predictable and boring, like the go to one-pot casserole dishes my family prefers I don’t make. The key to building a great salad is finding ingredients that are both bold in flavors and textures, yet work well with others.  The salads I enjoy the most typically have different flavor profiles that […]

Sweet Potato Leek Soup

One Hour Barbecue Ribs

There are many paths to barbecue glory, but if I had to choose between quick and tasty or low and slow, I would definitely pick the most accelerated method there is if the outcome is the same.  For most barbecue enthusiasts the art of barbecuing requires several hours and, above all, care.  However, for home cooks who appreciate fast and tasty without sacrificing flavor and quality, cooking hacks are our ace in the hole.  As long as there are happy bellies, those saved hours are hours we can use elsewhere. […]

Lemon Bundt Cake

Viral sensation Chewbacca mom, Candace Payne, became an internet celebrity overnight last month when her hilarious self-made video of her infectious laughter from purchasing a Chewbacca mask became Facebook’s most-watched live-stream ever.  Her video has been viewed over 155 million times and has been shared over 3 million times.  Her message is loud and clear: “It’s the simple joys in life…”  She says while continuously cracking herself up. Baking cakes has always been one of my simple joys in my life; the simpler the cake, the greater the joy. Most […]

Blueberry Cream Scones

Coffee shop owners are smart and understand the power of impulse buying.  Why else would they merchandise their baked goods in a beautiful clear case like a gorgeous summer outfit scene displayed in a department store window?  Every time I walk by my eyes fixate on the different varieties of cookies, beautifully decorated cupcakes, seasonal pies, and other quintessential coffee shop baked goods. Most of the time I never intend on buying a little treat for myself but every once in a while I give into temptation. My favorite baked […]

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

In recent years I’ve noticed my kids are less picky and more enthusiastic about my home cooking.  I’m not sure when it happened, but it certainly wasn’t overnight.  I am so glad we are at this point for the sake of my sanity. Since the time my kids were born I always wanted them to love my home cooked meals.  I wanted them to appreciate the effort I made preparing them and hoped they would develop the kind of love of food that I’ve had since I was a kid. […]

Easy Panzanella Salad

Last night I was reading an article on a popular parenting blog written by a mother who boasts about feeding her kids fast-food meals five days a week.  She writes,” I don’t cook beyond microwaving and scrambling eggs. I could dish up a nutritious meal, if I knew how, so fruit salad and fries it is.” Reading her words made me both sad and mad.  Trying to withhold judgement (and not doing a very good job at it), I wondered why this person never learned to cook, especially since there […]

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