Slow Cooked Chicken with White Beans, Bacon, and Rosemary Recipe

Today I’m going to share a dish I  made during my most recent cooking segment on Virginia This Morning. When the show’s producer asked me to share a hearty  comfort food recipe good for the cold weather we’re having, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.Knowing most people had probably already gone through their rotation of favorite chili, soup, and stew recipes, I figured  they would be ready for something different to mix things up a little....more

What (in the kitchen) strikes fear in you?

Fear, innate in all of us, is a human instinct. It is nature’s coping mechanism to protect us from the emotional bad stuff. The number one thing people are afraid of is a terrorist attack. Cooking in the kitchen did not make the top ten list....more

Most Romantic Valentine's Day Recipe Contest I thought I'd share this recipe contest since I know there are a lot of cooks and foodies on this site. I wish I can enter, but I actually work for the California Strawberry Commission and that disqualifies me. : ( Here are the details in case you're interested....more


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!