This great cake made from a mix with caramel frosting, walnuts and chocolate chips will satisfy any chocolate lover.  1 box Pillsbury Moist Supreme Devil’s Food cake mix with pudding in the mix 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup oil (I ...more

A Hot (Cereal) Mess

Say what you must about the nutrional value of Gerber hot cereal baby mixes, but at least they are easy.  A few scoops of sawdust-like material, a splash of milk, microwaved for a perfect 47 seconds, and you've got yourself a meal.  Add in one of those containers of ready-made Gerber fruit mush that never seem to go bad for some reason (how is that possible, and why does it squick me out?), and your meal is complete.Of course, there is only so long one can cling to the convenience of whatever the heck that was that I just described.  Now that my twins are almost 2.5, ...more

Oh, I can mess that up, too! Burnt to the bottom of the pan, still lumpy, and I have two more ...more

Spice up January with Corn Chiles Rellenos

I love chiles rellenos! I found this healthier recipe from Ani Simón, our Hispanic expert in our test kitchens....more

Dinner is Done! Meal Assembly Kitchens

The meal prep/assembly shop concept has been around for a while. But I had personally never experienced it before. Why would I, I thought? Our family understands the value of family dinners and we do all sit down to dine together at least 4 times a week. And I know how to cook and – most of the time – enjoy it. Why would I ever need a meal prep service?...more

Food, Glorious Food

Happy International Pesto Day!

According to the newspapers, January 17th marks International Pesto Day.  That's the day in which we all can have garlic breath...I've said it once, and will say it again, Pesto even on old shoes will taste good.  And, although this treat has its origins in northern Liguria, it's pretty much standard fare on tables around the world....more

I am out of the blogging closet

Okay so I started a new blog in the new year. The title of my blog is The Patty Beat on Word Press. Mixed in it my cooking blog is The Fearless Cook, about tackling ingredients, recipes, and kitchen equipment that strike fear in you with cooking. Last week on Blogher Chatter I sent out a question on which foods are you afraid to make? Two bloggers: sassymonkey and themarthacomplex, made suggestions (thanks very much ladies!). One suggestion was liver. I dove right in and reconquered her and my fear of liver....more

sassymonkey - You are the best!



Beef Braciole Recipe


Drowning in a Sea of Ground Meat

I try to be the sort of person who does not take a blessing for granted.  Sometimes it's a challenge.Almost 26 years ago, I married a man who likes to hunt.  We made our home in a state that has some amazing hunting opportunities.  I learned how to hunt, too.  So for about 26 years, we've been eating game meat.  Occasionally I buy meat at the store, just for a change.  ...more

Homemade Naan with Malai Kofta

Another year is gone and we are all set with a new beginning, new dreams and new resolutions! Although the party is over it should not be boring at all and to keep the spirits high food is something that never fails to help. So here's a recipe of a very basic Indian flatbread which is also one of the most popular Indian breads called NAAN and along with it is the recipe for Malai Kofta. If you know Indian food then you know what Naan is. So I don't even want to try and tell you how incredibly delicious, light and easy to make this Indian bread is!...more