Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away.  Since we’ve had kids, my husband and I haven’t taken Valentine’s Day too seriously. We stay home and put the kids to bed and try to have a romantic dinner together–usually between requests for one last drink of water and one more story. Dessert is something I […]

Rich Meyer Lemon Curd

by Lindsey on January 4, 2012

I always get excited for citrus season. Cute little clementines, juicy blood oranges, tiny key limes, grapefruits as big can be, and sweet Meyer lemons. Meyer lemons are a bit sweeter than regular lemons and have a darker rind. They are a cross between a regular lemon and a mandarin orange. Even though they’ve been around […]

Loaded Breakfast Quesadillas

by Lindsey on December 22, 2011

Between nagging my kids to get their shoes on and find their backpacks, breakfast time can be hectic and stressful. I’m always trying to think of quick, tummy-filling breakfasts to give them a good start for their day. That goes for school days and school holidays. My kids are out now for 10 days and […]

Creamy Peppermint Bark Tart

by Lindsey on December 8, 2011

For days I’ve been dreaming of turning my favorite Christmas candy into a creamy tart. Oh…I love peppermint bark. I finished up the breakfast dishes, put a movie on for the kids, and got to work. My kids ran back and forth checking on the tart’s progress; sampling a spoonful of pudding or eating a […]

Think that’s a bold claim?  The best mashed potatoes? You’ll have to give this recipe a try and see if I’m right. Thanksgiving is next week. Millions of families will be serving mashed potatoes slathered in gravy. There is nothing worse than having subpar mashed potatoes. Gravy, my friends, does not cover up all mashed […]

Thanksgiving is my holiday. All mine. I plan the menu, but I don’t forget to add in a few family favorites mixed with a few new recipes I’ve bookmarked to try. What usually happens though, is that I end up with way too many sides that take too much time to prepare.  Inevitably we eat […]

Fennel is in season again. (Hooray!) You might remember the last time I professed my undying love for fennel last winter. In this recipe I’ve left out the orange and paired fennel with beef. It can be intimidating to try something new. And fennel is pretty intimidating, especially if you aren’t sure if you like […]

The Beauty of Brown Butter

by Lindsey on October 5, 2011

I’m always late for the party. And I was really late coming to the brown butter party. I thought, “Meh. It’s just melted butter.”  Then I made this cake…and it changed my life. I never exaggerate about these types of things. If you haven’t tried brown butter, you’re missing out. If you have never heard […]

Mix Up Salad Nicoise

by Lindsey on September 21, 2011

Summer has officially ended, but our garden is still producing.  The tomatoes are ripening like crazy and I bring a big bowl in each afternoon, still warm from the sun.  I can’t think of a better way to use up the last few bits of summer’s bounty than in a classic Salad Nicoise. Good salads […]

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

by Lindsey on September 7, 2011

Peach season is finally here.  I love September for this very reason.  Our favorite fruit stand opened a few weeks ago and we’ve been eating them as fast as we can. We freeze some and make jam.  There was a pie this year that didn’t quite turn out as I’d planned, but it was eaten […]

Technically this is a springtime recipe, but I’ve been making it almost weekly since I found the recipe in one of my new cookbooks, Salad as a Meal by Patricia Wells. I’m constantly wanting to try new recipes using quinoa. It’s such a healthy thing to eat. It’s not an actual grain, but a pseudo-cereal. […]

I normally don’t think of chili when I think of food I like to eat in the summer.  One day I was cleaning out my fridge and noticed I had all the makings of a delicious chili–cooked red kidney beans, red and green bell peppers, zucchini, corn, fresh cilantro, and green onions.  I threw it […]

I remember when my mom would make Lemon Bars for parties. It was hard to wait for the gooey filling to cool enough to cut them into bars. Sometimes if I was lucky she’d let me sprinkle them with powdered sugar and I’d try my best not to get it all over the place.  My […]

Looking for a refreshing drink to serve for Cinco de Mayo?  Look no further than Agua Fresca.  Agua Fresca means “fresh water” in Spanish and is made with fresh fruit, water and ice.  Sometimes a little sugar is added as needed. This is not a sugary, too-sweet, thick smoothie.  No.  It’s a thirst-quenching “ade” that […]

As I peeled and chopped the root veggies, I did feel like I was bidding Winter a good-bye. The sunshine was streaming through the window above my kitchen sink; outside the grass seemed to be getting greener with every passing minute. The only things left to remind me of Winter were the slight chill in […]

I am feeling rather lazy in the kitchen these days.  The thought of a gourmet meal each night does sound dreamy…when someone else washes the dishes or does the actual cooking.  A lot of planning and thought goes into fancy meals.  Lately I’m just not up for it.  Spring is around the corner, and who […]

When I was a fifth grader, my father would make a weekly trek to my school to teach my class the history of each of the past U.S. presidents.  Even now, I love reading and learning trivia about our present and former commander-in-chiefs. In honor of President’s Day this month, I thought it would be […]

French Hot Chocolate

by Lindsey on January 5, 2011

This is the best hot chocolate you’ll ever make. You’ll toss out those little packets with the dehydrated marshmallows. You’ll forget about those cans of premium hot chocolate you can buy in bulk at Costco. You’ll make this and keep it ready to go in the fridge all winter long. Basically, it’s a chocolate mousse […]

It’s citrus season. That means I try to sneak orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit into recipes whenever possible. Know what goes perfectly with orange? Fennel. You may see it labeled as anise in the grocery store. It’s that celery-looking veg with verdant fronds reminiscent of dill. Now if you don’t like anise or black licorice, […]

Homemade BBQ Sauce

by Lindsey on August 4, 2010

Let’s talk about BBQ sauce. If you are picky like my family, you have a hard time finding a bottled sauce that tastes just like you want it to. A good sauce is paramount for a successful BBQ. Really, it is. One day I casually flipped through one of my favorite cookbooks, The Joy of […]

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