It's that time of year ... Easter baskets overflowing with Peeps, jelly beans, chocolate eggs and Cadbury creams. According to the National Confectioners Association, last Easter, 700 million marshmallow Peeps, 16 billion jelly beans and 90 million chocolate bunnies were sold. Easter morning often means a sugar high for the kids, but once everyone is done indulging - what do you do with the leftovers? Peeps What are Peeps but shaped marshmallows? So the easiest solution is to use them ... Continue Reading
Incorporate Bok Choy into your next Asian-inspired meal with these fabulous recipes.
My family recently joined a local produce co-op called Bountiful Baskets. A produce co-op is a fantastic way to be introduced to new and exciting fruits and veggies. Most co-ops offer members the ability to use their buying power as a group to purchase products at wholesale or deeply discounted rates. This means you will get more bang for your buck in a co-op. Many local co-ops also will do their best to source products locally and from small farms so that the farmers get their fair share of ... Continue Reading
Pasta e Fagioli is a quick and hearty meatless soup to prepare.
My family enjoys a good, meatless meal several times a week. I'm picky about the meatless meals I serve. They need to be delicious and filling. With two teenagers and a hungry husband, they want a meal that doesn't leave them hungry. And, at the same time, I want a recipe that's healthy and not too expensive to prepare. This Pasta e Fagioli (or Pasta and Bean Soup) recipe is all of these things. Pasta e Fagioli (pronounced "Pasta Fazool") is an Italian soup that is often served during ... Continue Reading
Mix a batch of Hootenanny pancakes this weekend.
I am always on the lookout for fun recipes that are both simple and tasty. Any recipe that lets me get the kids in the kitchen is a real winner - and these Hootenanny Pancakes win a blue ribbon in the fun, tasty, and kid-friendly department. This recipe is so simple to make that your children will be able to help out with little hassle. Another bonus is that you already probably have most of the ingredients on hand. So what exactly is a Hootenanny Pancake and where did it get its name? What ... Continue Reading
Recipes that bring the snow into snow cone and ice cream.
Many families from the north are probably sick of looking at all the snow. However, here in Oklahoma, we are getting our first real snow of the season. As a child, snow ice cream was a must anytime that the weather turned frigid. But now there are more unique recipes that use the icy slush. So - whether you are dreaming of the greener days ahead or relishing in the newly white landscape - take a break for a snow-inspired recipe. Traditional Snow Ice Cream As a child, snow ice cream was one of ... Continue Reading
A delicious candy concoction for a fraction of the cost.
I love those expensive candy bars that have pieces of dried fruits and nuts in them. I seriously have to restrain myself from buying one or three when I'm grocery shopping each week. Many of them are fairly expensive and I started to think ... I could make one just as delicious at home for a fraction of the cost. The best thing about this bark recipe is that it can be customized based on what you have on hand. If you change the flavor of the chips and what add ins you use, you can have a ... Continue Reading
Some fun ways to make chili your way during the cold winter months.
Chili - the comfort food you can make your way. Even firefighters have been known to hold a chili cook-off for fundraising. Find out when you're city is having theirs and head on over to taste all the different kinds of chili that people make. My dad used to make chili during the winter months. He never used a written recipe but it was always so good. I've tried to recreate his chili over the years but have never fully succeeded. Then I realized I could make it my way. Here are some ... Continue Reading
A delicious meatless recipe to use as a side or main dish.
Lent begins on February 13th and goes through March 30th this year. This season is often when people begin searching for a new meatless recipe to add to their menu. Whether you are giving up meat for Lent or simply to reduce your ecological footprint, this delicious meatless recipe for Creamy Celery Au Gratin is one of my favorites. The word gratin is used to refer to any dish that is topped with a browned crust of breadcrumbs or melted cheese. In this recipe, I use cheddar cheese and ... Continue Reading