Advice from an Almost-Failed Cook

It's taken two years, but I no longer feel like a failure as a cook. Don't let that fool you—I am by no means a pro, and I'm definitely not qualified to give cooking advice. Yet, that's exactly what I'm going to do. Hear me out. Image: Still life with thyme, Shutterstock ...more
It is like that with a lot of house chores, in the past the mothers passed on how to cook, knit, ...more

Marinated Sirloin Steak

Very easy steak marinade that tastes great on the grill.4 servings1 cup lemon-lime soda3/4 cup vegetable juice3/4 cup soy sauce1/4 cup lemon juice1 teaspoon garlic powder1 teaspoon horseradish1 boneless beef sirloin steak (1 to 2 pounds)Directions:1. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients.2. Cut steak into strips and place submerged in the bowl. 3. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.4. Drain and discard marinade....more

What's your stress hour look like?

Most nights, when I get home from work, I immediately start cooking dinner. The first hour after I get home is a bit of a blur: There is food to prepare, people to greet and those morning chores to complete (if I didn't finish them earlier). If I can get dinner on the table by 6:45, then it is a really good day....more

Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza

I love this pizza, the flavors are great together and it is a unique take on the normal pizza recipe. It may seem a little weird to add pine nuts, but they really do add to the overall flavor. I have been making it for years and have tweaked the original recipe a few times. My kids, ages 8 and 5 even enjoy it. Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza6-8 servingsIngredients:4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves1 1/2 teaspoons prepared garlic...more

Stay out of my kitchen

I like to cook. It is one of those skills I came by through watching my mother (thanks, Mom) and with a lot of practice in making meals when I was younger. It is something that I enjoy, find challenging and try to share with my son....more

Strawberry and Cream Cheese Parcels - gluten free!!

Delicious, crisp, sweet little parcels...that are gluten free!!! For the recipe and lots more visithttp://sparklesintheeveryday.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/strawberry-and-crea...   ...more

A Well Prepared Meal

When I was a little girl in Turkey, I used to help my grandmother make tarhana. It's the traditional Turkish soup mixture, which can literally take most of the summer months to make before it's placed in mason jars and then cooked during the colder months of autumn and winter. Like my family, most Turkish families make their tarhana during the hot months of summer when the plants and vegetables are plenty and cheap....more

Best Dishes for the Big Game

As baseball season winds down and football just begins, there are plenty of sporting events to look forward to. Whether it’s the World Series party you’re planning, or a Sunday afternoon football party, food is always a must. As much as chips, dip, beer, and soda are appreciated, sometimes it’s nice to provide dishes that are still simple yet feel a little more gourmet, like these Sargento recipes:1. Grilled PizzaIngredients:1 1/3 c warm water1 envelope active dry yeast1 Tbsp. sugar...more

10 Things Every Vegan Kitchen Needs

Most of us, when we made the switch to vegan (or even vegetarian), realized that our kitchens were suddenly poorly set up for our diets.  It can take a long time and a lot of confusion and frustration to get your kitchen really in shape for your lifestyle.  I'm here to make that a little easier on you. Here are 10 items every vegan kitchen needs: 1. Spice Rack ...more

Thai Inspired Chicken Dippers (Gluten Free)

This recipe for Thai Inspired Chicken Dippers (gluten free) is easy, versitile and delicious !!http://sparklesintheeveryday.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/thai-inspired-chick...  ...more