Afghan Eggplant & Tomato Casserole ♥ (Borani Banjan)

Today's eggplant recipe: An explosion of tastes and textures and temperatures, just eggplant and tomato slices baked in a smoky tomato sauce and topped with a garlicky yogurt-mint sauce. Serve this great summer dish as a side dish or for a Meatless Monday entrée – or maybe like me, to explore Afghan cuisine. Weight Watchers Friendly, just PointsPlus 3 ....more

Afghan Chicken & Rice Casserole (Kabeli Palau)

The Recipe: Chicken with rice, all bound together with a quick sauce made with caramelized onions and warm spices, topped with a quick sauté of matchstick carrots, raisins, almonds and saffron. Sound, um, unusual? It's amazing ....more

Cauliflower 'Spanish Rice' ♥ Reader Recipe

It looks like Spanish Rice. It tastes like Spanish Rice. But really? ...more

Rhubarb Muffins

The Recipe: Simple whole-grain muffins studded with soft, sour pockets of a late-spring treat, rhubarb. Rhubarb Muffins are barely sweet and oh-so-tender and definitely – definitely! – not cupcakes ....more

Rhubarb Pudding Cake ♥ Recipe

Today's sweet treat for some night when dinner's a little skimpy, a warm rhubarb-orange cake, not quite a crumble, not quite a cake, something in between. So you know those magic pudding cakes, right? They're the ones where you throw together all the usual suspects for cake, but once it's baked, out comes pudding topped with cake ....more

Asparagus Whole Wheat Bread Pudding

A rustic bread pudding made with whole wheat bread and studded with fat spears of asparagus and cheese, then brightened with fresh herbs and lemon zest. That's right – this is a savory bread pudding, perfect for a Mother's Day brunch menu or a weeknight spring supper. Recipe updated & republished 2015 for a little weekend cooking inspiration! ...more

Never Buy Fresh Herbs Again ♥ How to Grow Fresh Herbs at Home in Pots

Pantry with a Purpose: How to grow a few favorite fresh herbs at home, the pots, the soil, the planting. Everything you need to know about growing fresh herbs. It's a great way to save money and inspire summer meals ....more

Finnish Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake

The Recipe: A real celebration cake, layers of moistened sponge cake with strawberries and cream between and spilling out the sides in joyful berry abandon. The Conversation: How would you like to be remembered some day a long, long while down the road, what your culinary gravestone might read? Do you ever wonder what your culinary gravestone will say? ...more

Spiral Zucchini Noodle “Zoodle” Greek Salad ♥ Recipe

Today's latest "zoodle" recipe: A Greek salad gone spiral, a big jumble of zucchini noodles, tomatoes and olives tossed in an oil-free Creamy Feta Vinaigrette. It's the salad of the summer, people! And you won't believe that those noodles aren't pasta! ...more

Chicken Nachos with Homemade Pickled Jalapeño Rings

Party food in a flash! Chicken Nachos (recipe below) are quick and easy to assemble with rotisserie chicken, black beans, grilled peppers, homemade pickled jalapeños (recipe below!), cheddar and more. Seriously good stuff! ...more