Frito Pie – It was never pie, and now it’s a dip!

Last night I was watching a re-run of Hawaii 5-0 and the plot revolved around a surfer who was murdered. At the end of the show, a bunch of surfers paddled out into the ocean and formed a circle andRead more…

Cracking the Code on Eggs

What do YOU know about eggs? Are you SURE you know everything you need to know? It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t have as many options. Maybe there were brown eggs. Maybe a different brand. But now weRead more…

Some of the BEST potato salads on the web!

I totally LOVE potato salad, but I have to say that I’m not stuck on one recipe – I love experimenting and I love trying new recipes. Writing recipe roundups for Parade Magazine’s online Community Table has given me incentiveRead more…

Some of the BEST potato salads on the web!

I totally LOVE potato salad, but I have to say that I’m not stuck on one recipe – I love experimenting and I love trying new recipes. Writing recipe roundups for Parade Magazine’s online Community Table has given me incentiveRead more…

Vegetarian (could be vegan) Caesar Salad Dressing

Yet another cookbook has crossed my path via the cookbook exchange group I belong to. This time, the book is The Pollan Family Table by Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan. If those names aren’t familiar to you, the nameRead more…

Sunset at the Beach Cocktail

I’ve fallen in love with the idea of color-changing cocktails and layered cocktails. This time I decided to up the ante by creating a layered cocktail that has a color-changing component. My friends at Smirnoff challenged me to create aRead more…

Homemade Chip Dip Mix

I’ve been on a bit of a chip-dip binge lately. I’ve tried pretty much every brand of onion soup mix and dip mix that’s out there. Some of them were good, some were nostalgic. And unfortunately, some tasted way tooRead more…

Chicken and Rice Casserole – a 30-minute meal

It’s not fancy – it’s COMFORT FOOD!It all started out with a hankering. Now, you have to know that if you have a hankering for something, it’s not going to be something highbrow. No one hankers for escargot or searedRead more…

Cheesy, Spicy, Sweet and Nutty Snack Mix

I’ve always liked Chex Mix, but I’ve never really found that ultimate recipe that I wanted to make over and over again. Until now. The inspiration for this creation was traditional Chex Mix, of course, but also a popcorn mixRead more…

Affogato alla Donna

Why yes, that is a purple coffeemaker.Some recipes seem so simple, they shouldn’t even be recipes. That’s how I felt when I heard about affogato. It’s a classic Italian dessert that’s pretty much just ice cream with a shot ofRead more…

Roasted Red Pepper Spread for Can-It-Forward Day

I’m by no means an expert canner, but I’m pretty adept with pickles and jams and things involving tomatoes. But I don’t fly solo – canning is a science, and you need the right level of acid and salt soRead more…

Pecan Praline Almond Cookies

These may be the absolutely best cookies I’ve ever made. I’m serious about that. Oh, I love chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies and other cookies just fine. But these cookies are different. The texture is at the sameRead more…