Boeuf Bourguignon Juila's Beef Stew, cooked by Kary

Have you made real beef stew, I mean the way Julia Childs prepared it? No, well on a cold rainy day back in 2009 I prepared “Boeuf Bourguignon with Boeuf A La Bourguignonne” Yes Julia Child’s “Beef Stew in Red Wine, with Bacon, Onions, and Mushrooms.” If you have not prepared this recipe or had the opportunity to indulge yourself in a mouth watering bowl of this delectable stew you must try it! Or get someone like me to prepare it for you; it is truly a labor of love which you can taste in every bite. ...more

8 Ways To Give Your Meals A Healthy, Delicious Makeover

Did you resolve to eat leaner and greener and healthier this year? When you’re imagining this new, healthier diet you’re probably imagining a lot of tough kale, under-seasoned brown rice, and un-creamy tea, right?But eating more plant-based food need not be an exercise in deprivation and dry carrot sticks. Really!...more

This Is Why I Cook Alone

I was feeling ambitious today, so I decided to divide all of our snack goods into little baggies and cups. Ever the helper, Mini Maria stood on her stool and helped me pass the time by throwing out random questions, made up songs, and occasional pleas to “use the sharp knife!”We hit a groove … until Mini Maria pointed between the legs of the chubby, happy Teddy Graham turning a flip on the front of its cardboard box and asked me the worst question ever:“Mommy, is that its privates?”*blink, blink* “Um … Yes, honey.”...more

Book Club Selections 2015 from "Have you read the book? Book Club" and Sharing of Truths

Happy New Years from “Have you read the Book? Book Club”...more

What's the 'X' factor in these popular recipes on my blog?

I was scrolling through my 2014 blog posts, not for any particular reason, and it jumped out at me.  There were a few posts that had been visited literally thousands of times.  I decided to pay attention.  There were quite a few that surprised me in those top posts, although thinking back, they were the ones I got the most comments, feedback and questions about, and were the most popular with clients in cooking lessons....more

Cooking Fancy at KMart

Rudolph Christmas Caramel Cups

This is my first deck the halls with holly, tis the season, true blue Christmas treat of the season.The caramel cup tastes like a giant Mars pod (but better), you could decorate these however you like or leave them un-fancified when it’s not Christmas time but I think the reindeer’s are very cute.The recipe for the salted caramel can be found here.Enjoy and Happy Holidays!...more

Chocolate Covered Honeycomb

One part baking, one part science experiment, all delicious.Honeycomb is essentially toffee that you then BLOW UP with the power of bi-carb soda. Ok, it’s not quite that exciting but it does produce a fairly dramatic reaction so be prepared.Honeycomb also tastes great without chocolate but personally I think you can’t beat it served this way. The chocolate keeps the honeycomb from going soft, air will turn your honeycomb into a soggy mess so be sure to store it in an airtight container or ziplock bag. It also makes a great gift!...more

For Just a Moment

I cook for the family just about every day, sometimes twice a day.  I usually enjoy cooking.  I'll pour a little wine, put on some music and just move around the kitchen like it's a delicate dance.  This dance needs to be just right to make sure dinner comes out as delicious as I would like.  Since having Silly Baby my cooking balance has been thrown off and it has lost some of its fun.  When he was an infant, I had to cook with him in a carrier because he did not like to be put down....more

My First Thanksgiving Turkey Was Picture-Perfect

On Thanksgiving, my memory transports me to my childhood home and the aroma of roasting turkey, sage dressing, candied yams, pumpkin pies and yeast rolls; the busyness of my mother in a warm kitchen; the gathering of family members laughing and enjoying each other's company; and my father's visible delight with the entire event....more