Weekend Menu Planning: Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes for Fall

Maybe it's all the years I spent as an elementary school teacher, but as soon as the calendar changes to fall, I start thinking about apples. I do have fond memories of the apples kids brought to school, which always tasted a little better than the ones from the store. But even if they're not delivered by a darling student, apples are especially crisp and sweet when they're in season (from late August to November in North America), and now that it's officially autumn, it's time to put apples on your menu. Here are some sweet and savory apple recipe ideas from food bloggers that caught my eye, and I'm hoping you might try making at least one of these over the weekend. ...more


I love apples!! Plain, baked, in my pancakes, in a pie or a cake. If ... more

Weekend Menu Planning: What's Your Favorite Filling for Stuffed Peppers?

When I was a kid my mom made green bell peppers stuffed with a filling of rice, hamburger, and tomato sauce, and I remember eating the filling but refusing to eat even a bite of the green bell pepper. Luckily our tastes mature when we grow up, and now I look forward to fall when enormous bell peppers start going on sale. Recently I bought some beautiful green bell peppers that were just begging to be stuffed, and when I did a search for stuffed pepper recipes, I was amazed at all the creative ideas I found for stuffed peppers. ...more


All of your stuffed peppers recipes sound delicious. My family enjoys ... more

Recipe: Sloppy Joes Without the Manwich

Oh, Sloppy Joe, let's get married. I love you so.Sounds like the makings of a bona fide country song, doesn't it? It's a food love affair our entire country can identify with -- the Sloppy Joe is an American favorite. ...more


I always wondered how the name for this dish came about? It's not ... more

Cooking with Bourbon During National Bourbon Heritage Month

But I won’t stop being an ambassador for this particular spirit, which, while it makes an excellent beverage, is also an excellent ingredient during a session in the kitchen. In honor of September, which has been named National Bourbon Heritage Month by the U.S. Senate, here are some recipes that celebrate this very American whiskey. ...more


My daughter made the most awesome Barbecue Ribs with Bourbon ... more

Five Raw Food Bloggers Share Cool Recipes for a Hot Summer

Why spend sizzling hot summer days slaving over a hot stove when you can explore cool raw cuisine instead! If you've ever tried to incorporate more fresh fruits and salads into your diet for health reasons, I consider you raw-curious. And if you've ever been to a good raw restaurant, you know that raw foodies really know how to make the best, super-healthy smoothies, salads, and Luna bar-esque snacks and treats -- delicious enough to get you craving the best-for-you foods. ...more


The only raw foods I will eat, include fruits and vegetables.
I ... more

Celebrate More Herbs Less Salt Day With an Herb-centric Recipe

When I was approximately 9 or 10 years old, my father came home with a dread diagnosis: high blood pressure. Suddenly, things changed drastically around our kitchen. Salt disappeared, and Mrs. Dash moved in. Low-sodium cookbooks moved into heavy rotation. And I whined. Oh, did I ever whine. I’ve been a salt lover since I was small, and this family ban on salt seemed draconian to me. “But I don’t have high blood pressure,” I remember howling. “Why can’t I eat the salt?” ...more


I prefer to undersalt rather than oversalt my cooked or baked ... more

What To Eat For A Better Night's Sleep

Did you know that getting enough sleep is as important to good health as nutrition and exercise? It's true. And if you're not getting enough sleep, you may be putting both your emotional and physical health at risk. Could something you're eating be causing you sleepless nights? Are there foods that can help you have a better night's sleep? If you're one of the millions of people who just can't seem to get enough sleep, maybe it's something you're eating (or not eating). When it comes to food, what you DON'T eat is much more important than what you do eat. ...more


I could not agree more with ALL the points in your article.
Just ... more

Cold Soups That Chill Summer's Heat

Summer has definitely arrived. Even in the normally temperate San Francisco Bay Area, elevated temperatures and a dash of unexpected humidity have sent plenty of people in my Twitter stream into lamentations about how sticky it is outside. When the heat gets to be too much, it helps to have some refreshing recipes to turn to. Chilled soups, for example, can be a great way to feed your family (and get a solid dose of vegetables or fruits) without breaking a sweat. ...more


I love fruit cold soups. I have a post about Strawberry Soup, but any ... more

It's Mother's Day: What Do You Do When Your Mother Is Gone?

Your mom died. You really miss her. And here it is, those media-saturated days just before Mother's Day. You are not going to be doing any of the things for her that the TV commercials, newspaper ads, e-mail sales pitches and florist shops tell you to do. What you are going to do instead is miss her. You are going to miss her, and you are also going to miss the experience of being a mother's daughter. ...more


I lost my mom 5 years ago, and still have my very sad days ... more

Educated Women More Likely to Drink

According to a recent study conducted by Francesca Borgonovi and Maria Huerta at the London School of Economics and reported in the Telegraph, women who hold a college degree are twice as likely to drink daily. They also are more likely to admit to a drinking problem. As the article states, "The better-educated appear to be the ones who engage the most in problematic patterns of alcohol consumption." ...more


Even though I am not much of a drinker, I noticed that many educated ... more