10 Great Gift Ideas for Cooks

Every year, as I write down my Christmas list for my husband to peruse, most of the items I ask for are gadgets and small appliances for our kitchen. What can I say? I love cooking! And, cooking is always better when you have the right tool to use. ...more

Homemade Fruit Leather

The first time I heard the words "fruit leather," the images that appeared in my mind weren't all that appetizing. When I found out that fruit leather is essentially the non-trademarked term for Fruit Roll-Ups, the bad images were replaced with good ...more

A Guide to Cooking Turnips

Michelle Obama gave one of the lowliest of veggies a place in the sun yesterday with an adorable Vine of herself holding a turnip and dancing to a healthy version of DJ Snake and rapper Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What."  ...more

Peaches and Cream: A Healthy Version

I love peaches. Just the word "peaches" makes me think of summer orchards in the country, full of plump, sweet peaches, ready to be picked and eaten. I consider myself one lucky girl when it comes to peaches, since I live in Georgia and near South ...more

5 Ways to Make Quick Pickles

As Alton Brown says, “If you’ll just take a little time to learn a few basic procedures, not only the whole produce section, but the whole world, will be your pickle … and good eats.” It’s true: Quick pickles all sort of follow a pattern. You’ll be ...more

The Simplest, One-Minute Kitchen Hack: How to Core an Apple

It is apple season, and Pinterest is exploding with recipes. Apples are wonderful, but they have that crazy core, which can make prepping apples for recipes take forever. I don't have room for a big apple corer&dmash;but I do have something hidden in a kitchen drawer that works perfectly as an apple corer. ...more

5 Creative Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Christmas is all about the tree, Easter celebrates Pinterest-perfect eggs, but at Thanksgiving, your table needs to be a thing to behold (okay, and maybe Instagram a little). After all, most of the holiday is just sitting, enjoying the company of others, eating, and taking in the table scenery. Give them something to look at. ...more

How to Deal With the Holidays When You Don't Eat Like Your Family Does

The holiday season is especially hard for some of us, if we're trying to eat plant-based around family members who don't, or if we're grappling with some disordered eating patterns. I'm going through both of these struggles. ...more
Very interesting. I have a friend who has made a radical change to her diet for health reasons. ...more

My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Though the Turkey is the star attraction to the Thanksgiving meal, the side dish is the "Show" as far as I am concerned. ...more

Easy Fried Tortellini

When it comes to Italian a mozzarella stick isn’t the only thing to be fried!OK OK there is probably more Italian items than just mozzarella sticks and tortellini to be fried too, but for the sake of the post we will pretend.Also, when it comes to Italian, my husband sometimes turns the other way because he gets tired of red sauce, but when I throw in the word fried he turns right back around and comes running for his plate.This crispy outer edge is going to take your love for tortellini to a whole new level....more

Recipe: Brussels Sprouts Two Ways

If you haven’t noticed yet, we’re on a mission. We’re on a mission to show you how food that’s good for you can taste good.Consider the humble Brussels sprout....more

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

It’s sweet, its warm, its absolutely delicious.NO- I didn’t throw Jen in my mixer and bake her on 325!This is the perfect cross of bread pudding and a sweet potato casserole. Bread pudding is something I have never made at home. It’s always one of those things I see on a dessert menu at a restaurant and think YES I must have that!!It really is quite simple to make on your own and believe me it was worth the effort....more

How to Roast a Turkey

There are several ways to cook a turkey, and basically it doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you get the internal temperature up to 165 degrees F. But if you want the BEST turkey possible, follow these simple steps that I’m going to show you on How to Roast a Turkey. Over the years I have experimented with the different techniques of roasting a turkey, and I feel pretty confident that I’ve nailed down the best of {Read More} ...more

Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Making a Thanksgiving dinner for two sounds daunting and not worth the effort, right?...more

Turkey Day Cocktail

We’ve talked about the turkey, we’ve discussed the stuffing, we’ve offered how-to’s on hosting, but now let’s turn our attention to a key element of your Thanksgiving dinner: cocktails! This cocktail, which I have dubbed “Turkey Day” (because why not?) combines traditional elements of a Thanksgiving dinner – turkey (bourbon), sage, cranberry, and just a little bitterness for a complex and not too sweet drink you’ll be drinking all fall and winter. Maybe because I’m the WASPiest of WASPs, but I really think that no family gathering is complete without a dose of alcohol ....more

this is my real life.

One of my dearest and closest friends, Heidi Haines, took our family photos a few weeks ago, and I am shocked to find we had more than a couple good ones. It was a stressful day, due to a little spat Christian and I had beforehand, and my daughter not wanting to have anything to do with me. Normally, Savona is my best friend and I am hers' ....more

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Ask and ye shall receive. At least in the case of crock-pot slow cooker recipes. I love getting emails from you awesome readers (well almost all of you – there is this one person...more

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: BFF

You know what day it is? November 21th. That means Remembrance Day has come and gone, respects have been given and I am now able to kick my ass into full Christmas spirit. Since everyone and their mother's dog's vet's boyfriend is doing gift guides, I figured hey why not jump in and do one as well. Today I'm going to share with you all some guide ideas that I'm thinking about getting some of my girlfriends when we do out gift exchange....more