Simply Recipes

I am blessed to have been raised by two parents who both love to cook, and do it well. Mom was primarily self-taught, figuring out ways to feed her six kids healthy food on dad's teacher salary. Dad grew up during the depression and learned how to make use of anything available. He used to amaze us with stories about shooting squirrels in the forest nearby for squirrel stew. My parents know things that I don't - how to take a pheasant that has just been shot and make a meal out of it, how to gut a fish, or how to butcher a rabbit. Several years ago I moved to Sacramento from the Bay Area to be closer to my folks. Having been too busy with my career to cook much, I wanted to learn how to cook the foods I loved growing up, and document what I was learning for my siblings and friends. I started Simply Recipes, a food blog, that uses many of the recipes and methods of my parents, focusing primarily on home cooking with whole foods in season. I strongly believe that everyone should know how to cook and I especially love teaching the children of my friends the joys of cooking.

Eggnog

A traditional holiday drink dating back hundreds of years, eggnog is made with eggs (hence the name), milk, cream, spices like nutmeg and vanilla, and fortified with rum, whisky, and/or brandy. We grew up with eggnog, the kind you buy in a carton, and every Christmas holiday we kids drank up as much of it as we could. I didn’t even know that eggnog was a “spiked” drink until well into my adult years! ...more

Salted Pecan Cake + First Look at “Cake, I Love You!”

When it arrived, the first page that fell open in Jill O’Connor’s new book Cake, I Love You! was her recipe for Salted Pecan Cake. A not-so-subtle voice in my head screamed, “Stop what you are doing right now and go directly into the kitchen.” Continue reading "Salted Pecan Cake + First Look at “Cake, I Love You!”" » ...more

Sweet Potato Waffles with Fried Egg, Bacon, and Scallions

Breakfast for dinner. When my son was little, we called it “upside-down day”! Waffles for supper are an especially comforting way to end the day ....more

Creamy Ziti Florentine

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Simply Recipes Favorite Cookbooks of 2017

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Holiday Pinwheel Cookies

Notice: Undefined variable: readmore in /web/sites/simplyrecipes.com/wp-content/themes/simply/lib/tweaks.php on line 92 When I was working on my cookbook Marbled, Swirled, and Layered, I had to make some tough choices about which recipes to keep and which to let go. The cookie chapter was pretty overloaded as it was, and some recipes ended up falling by the wayside. Red and white pinwheel cookies were one of them ....more

Meal Plan for November Week 4

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Why is Vanilla Extract So Expensive Right Now?

If you bake regularly, you may have encountered bit of sticker shock the last time you bought a bottle of vanilla extract. There are a few reasons why we’re seeing higher prices on vanilla right now. Continue reading "Why is Vanilla Extract So Expensive Right Now?" » ...more

Crispy, Golden Turkey Skin: 4 Methods Put to the Test (and One Winner!)

I’ve been wrist deep in the business end of chickens all week. I’m on a quest to determine the best way to achieve perfect deep, golden, crispy skin, both for our everyday roast chickens and also for that bird of all birds — the Thanksgiving turkey. Why? ...more

Pressure Cooker Green Beans with Tomatoes and Bacon

Have you ever thought to cook green beans in the pressure cooker? They really undergo a transformation under pressure, becoming silky and soft. Add bacon, onions, and tomatoes, and you’ve got a fast and flavorful pressure cooker side dish for the holidays — or anytime! ...more
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