The Best Way to Cut an Avocado

Do you have an OBSESSION with avocado like I do? Ever since I was pregnant it has definitely been one of my favorite foods! Not only because it's delicious but because of the numerous health benefits it offers. Avocados are rich in vitamin A, B, C, E ...more

What to Do When Herbs Take Over Your Garden

So, I have to tell you all about my new favorite kitchen accessory. It was a gift from my soon-to-be mother-in-law. These Ball jar freezer cubes are ahhh-amazing!!!  ...more

A Child's Look at the White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July ...more

The Secret to Crispy Sweet Potato Fries!

Sometimes I like to mix it up a bit and go for sweet potato fries instead of its less colorful cousin. The problem, though, is that they generally don’t get all that crispy. They just kind of lay there.  ...more

Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in 15 Minutes

This ice cream is a cinch. An absolutely cinch. No cooking, no cooling, no churning, no icy lumps. It’s in the freezer within 15 minutes and ready to eat just two hours later. It’s incredibly soft and creamy while being rich and decadent from the ...more

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Iced Coffee

There is nothing like a cup of really good iced coffee on a warm summer day. You know you are in for a treat when the barista hands you a cup filled with liquid that sparkles like a dark diamond. Taking that first refreshing sip, the flavors slowly blossom, starting with the robust, toasted notes of the coffee beans and ending with a slightly sweet flavor that lingers on your lips. There is no need for sugar or milk; with one sip, you are totally in the moment. ...more

10 Summery Lasagna Recipes for National Lasagna Day

Just like Garfield, I hate Mondays and love lasagna. National Lasagna Day falls on a Tuesday this year—so I am practically purring with delight. I've collected 10 ideas that run from cheesy classic to super-vegan, with lots of smart variations (and even dessert!?) in between. ...more

Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl

When it's too hot to turn on the stove, either grilling or using the slow cooker are my preferred ways to cook and keep the kitchen cool. On a hot day earlier this summer I made this Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl, where the rice is cooked in the slow cooker with onions, canned black beans, diced green chiles and seasonings. I had the wild idea of cutting up some string cheese and stirring in the last half hour of cooking, for bites of melted cheese throughout the dish, but skip the cheese if you want a dish that's vegan. ...more

Sweet Corn and Blackberry Ice Cream

I know what you’re thinking CORN ICE CREAM. Has she lost her ever loving mind? No (well maybe summer is getting to me if we’re going to be completely honest) ....more

raw cookie dough

I know for a fact that I'm not the only person in the world who loves raw cookie dough. Imagine you could eat raw cookie dough and not worry about eating raw eggs or gain 20 pounds in one sitting. Sound good? Imagine that your raw cookie dough is at least vaguely healthy and full of protein. Sweet. Enter in the raw cookie dough! Focus on the picture and not the ingredients. I'd seen a few similar recipes around, but when I tried them I thought the proportions tasted a bit off. This version makes the flavors blend together better and taste more like real cookie dough. ...more

Rough Days {Recipe: Peaches and Cream No Bake Cheesecake}

Smooth and creamy PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese and fresh, summer peaches are the perfect pair in this Peaches and Cream No Bake Cheesecake Dessert Recipe. No one...more

Eggless Nutella stuffed chocolate chunk zucchini muffins

Ever heard of buying things on an impulse? You know, you see something in a store or online, and then you have to have it....more

BITTER COFFEE???

Are you wondering why your coffee is bitter? I personally love Columbian coffee, strong, robust, flavorful. If you are using a regular ground coffee (no specific brand) just sprinkle a few dashes of iodized salt in the fresh grounds before putting automatic coffee maker on! Taste the difference-Y'All! You will be amazed. I wish you Good Health! Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser....more

Parsnip Croquettes

Our foray into baby-led weaning If you’re used to spoon-feeding babies, baby-led weaning looks nothing short of total crazytown. ...more

Easy Pickled Peppers & Cucumbers

You guys. Pickling produce is so easy. You will be amazed that the entire bounty growing in your backyard (or on sale in the produce section at the grocery store) can be pickled and enjoyed on sandwiches, in salads, in fish tacos, on top of hamburgers, delicately placed in the fold of the bun holding a juicy hot dog, on pizza, on cheese and crackers, plain-right-out-of-the-jar. Ooooh, girl. My mouth just watered. Anyway, you name it, and it can be pickled. Cucumbers? Obviously. Asparagus. Duh. Use the deliciously brined stalks to stir a bloody mary. Carrots? Uh huh. ...more

GRILLED ZUCCHINI RIBBON SALAD WITH WALNUTS AND PECORINO

A simple and elegant salad that tosses lightly grilled zucchini ribbons with toasted walnuts, Pecorino cheese in a lemony vinaigrette. Is everyone drowning in zucchinis yet? I wish I were one of you....more

Kale, Mushroom & Tomato Saute with Polenta

Simple weeknight meals are something that I'm always on the lookout for....more