How To Make Cajun-Spiced Sweet Potato Hummus

[Editor's Note: I make a lot of hummus, but have never tried to incorporate sweet potatoes into the mix. This recipe is likely to get me to change my ways—everything about it sounds delicious and awfully healthy. It's a great appetizer for any party as the winter winds down and Spring approaches. ...more
The hummus I made the other day was kind of dry...not sure if it was the beans or what, but the ...more

Make Homemade "Shamrock Shakes" for St. Patrick's Day

[Editor's Note: Though I am mostly in the anti-fast food camp, I will admit to having a bit of a weakness, earlier in my life, for the McDonald's Shamrock Shake. There's something compelling about its seasonal greenness, after all. But they don't sell said shake in their German franchises, which led Ann Marie of Household 6 Diva, who lives in Germany with her family, to improvise a homemade version with a little bit of a kick. Don't serve this to the kids, folks, but if you're having an adult craving for a "Shamrock Shake," this ought to do the trick. --Genie]...more
I'll stick with my own version of a Delicious, Natural, RAW & Dairy Free Shamrock Shake Recipe ...more

Dinner's Easy When You Go From Freezer to Slow Cooker

[Editor's Note: It's great to have dinner waiting and ready in the slow cooker when you walk in the door from work, but sometimes that means an extremely rushed morning of prepping ingredients and getting them in the cooker before you have to run out the door. Frugal Babe has started trying something new: prepping ingredients ahead of time and freezing them, which means some up-front work that pays off in a really easy way to get dinner on the table when you need it. --Genie]...more
I make Bigos in the slow cooker in the winter. Also, pulled pork, chili, etc.more

Quick Salmon Cakes With Lemon Basil Aioli

[Editor's Note: Salmon cakes were in our family's regular dinner rotation when I was growing up, so I'm surprised I've never made them as an adult. I'm definitely going to roll out this recipe on an upcoming weeknight, since it looks like it hits a bunch of really great marks: it's quick, it's healthy, and it sounds delicious! --Genie]...more
Love aioli!!more

I’m a true PAM lover.

The best reviews I do are the ones where I am able to talk about brands I already use. I was very excited to share my experience with PAM® cooking spray. I was sent a package in the mail that included a Pyrex pan, an oven mitt, a can of PAM®, and a brochure of recipes. For this review, I decided to prepare one of the recipes that was included in the package- Kickin’ Baked Rigatoni....more

A kitchen essential...

Ever have those days when you are craving something sweet but you don’t want to put out the time and too much effort? Well, here you go, a chocolate chip cookie bar with Nutella. Let me help you with this one – think chocolate chip cookie crust then a layer of Nutella cheesecake and finished with a rich chocolate layer on top. Heaven....more

PAM cleans up quickly and easily!

Am I the only one who gets tired of trying to get baked, dried, food off of their baking pans? Anyone else have some recipes you love to cook and eat, but wish you could just throw the pan away when you are finished? I hate having to soak, scrub, sandblast or drill to get a pan clean. Eggs and cheese are the chief offenders in my book......more

No soaking or scrubbing involved.

I was excited to learn that PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray now has a new and improved product. I was approached by BlogHer to receive and review a free sample of the new PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray, and I was very excited because I usually use cooking spray in my recipes. I was planning to make Pastelón, a Puerto Rican Ripe Plantain and Beef Casserole for a while. This dish is sort of like a lasagna, but using ripe plantains instead of pasta....more

PAM comes to the rescue!

I was recently asked to try the New and Improved PAM® formula. I use PAM all the time and wondered how the new formula would compare. It can be so frustrating to work on making a delicious dish only to have it stick to the pan. Not only does make it hard to serve, but you also lose some of the meal to the pan and end up having to soak and scrub for clean up....more

Flower Power Eggs Make Breakfast Beautiful

[Editor's Note: These happy-making eggs are beyond simple to make, but are a lovely addition to the breakfast table any day of the week. They're a wonderful idea, especially if you make them with an assortment of colored pepper rings. --Genie] ...more
Seen this floating around Pinterest for a while... think I'm gonna try it!more