Baked Chicken with Herb-Roasted Potatoes

Back in the day, this was my mom's favorite quick chicken recipe. It was comfort food for cool Minnesota nights, warming her kitchen, filling the whole house with the enticing aroma of roasted chicken and potatoes – and in just a couple of hours, filling our bellies too. The recipe couldn't be simpler ....more

Skillet Cornbread

My first and still-most-favorite recipe for corn bread, an adaptable, forgiving recipe. Thanks to folding in whipped egg whites, it stays moist for a couple of days. Recipe updated & republished 2015 for a little weekend cooking inspiration! ...more

Perfect Hard-Boiled Ruby Eggs ♥ Easter Recipe!

Just in time for making Easter eggs: How to cook perfect hard-boiled eggs, then dye the eggs in beet juice or pickled beet juice to create stunning ruby-colored "whites" with sunny-yellow centers. ~recipe update & republished for a little Easter cooking inspiration 2015~~more recently updated recipes~ Oh so Easter-basket pretty! And yet ever so simple, just hard-boiled eggs soaked overnight in beet juice ....more

Finnish Rosolli Salad ♥ Traditional at Christmas (and Now Easter?)

Today's beet salad recipe: The traditional Christmas salad in Finland called Rosolli Salad, a rainbow of grated beet, carrot and potato, served here in layers almost like a Scandinavian Seven-Layer Salad. Rosolli Salad is great for parties, especially since it not only may but should be made up to a whole day ahead of time to allow the flavors to meld. Low-Carb and Gluten-Free ....more

Easy-Easy Jam Tart Recipe

I am so-so sorry. I.Have.Been.Holding.Out. You see, there are still a handful of Kitchen Parade recipes from the first years (2002 through 2005) which haven't yet been published online. This Easy-Easy Jam Tart is one ....more

Crispy Salty Kale Chips ♥ Recipe aka Why Did I Wait So Long to Bake Kale in the Oven?

Today's vegetable snack: Fresh kale rubbed with a little oil and mustard (or a vinegar, anything with a little acid) and then baked until crispy and salty. Weight Watchers 1 point. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real" ....more

Very Very Green Green-Pea Soup

Do you keep a bag of inexpensive frozen peas in the freezer? Me too! First, they're handy when a soup or stew needs a dash of color at the end ....more

Creamy Spinach with Artichokes ♥

Spinach artichoke dip meets steakhouse creamed spinach, an easy casserole made with pantry ingredients. This Southern Living "Party Cookbook" recipe is simple enough for a weeknight, special enough for company or a holiday meal like Easter or Thanksgiving. Three Guesses ....more

Whole Cauliflower with Homemade Cheese Sauce ♥ How to Cook a Whole Head of Cauliflower

How to cook a whole head of cauliflower, it's surprisingly unfussy! I like to drape mine in homemade cheese sauce, it makes for dramatic presentation, yes? ~recipe updated & republished for a little weekend cooking inspiration 2015~~more recently updated recipes~ 2010: The sheer beauty of the vegetables arriving in the markets — that would be arriving from California and Mexico; that would be arriving in supermarkets, given that I write from Missouri, where gardeners worry whether there's still time to get cool-weather lettuces, peas too, into soggy gardens — some times stops me in my tracks ....more

Salmon Chowder

The Recipe: A creamy but low-fat chowder made with chunks of fresh salmon in a creamy broth with carrot, potato and fresh fennel. This is a soul-satisfying soup, here on the cusp of winter-to-spring. Surprisingly low in calories and just 4 PointsPlus for Weight Watchers ....more