Hearty Guinness Beef Stew That's Worthy of a Late-Night Wedding Feast

Editor’s note: Ali from Gimme Some Oven tells a great story of eating this delicious beef stew at a friend’s wedding. It seems that midway through the night of celebrations, the festivities stopped so that everyone could tuck in to a rib-sticking feast. She’s re-creating that dish during what she calls “Guinness week” with this flavorful beef and vegetable stew. --Jane ...more
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Easy Happy Hour Snack: Jalapeño Popper Bread

Editor’s note: Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like jalapeno poppers? Making them at home can be super-complicated, but Karly from Buns in My Oven came up with an ingenious shortcut to get the same flavors. To make her Jalapeño Popper Bread, she slathers cream cheese and cheddar on Italian bread and tops it with jalapeño slices. Just eight minutes in the oven and you’ve got an easy happy hour snack. --Jane ...more

A Chai-Spiced Granola So Delicious You'll Be Eating It by the Handful

Editor’s note: Making homemade granola is one of those things that takes little effort and yields incredible results. Sarah from Baking Serendipity bakes up a Chai-Spiced Granola, with oats, cacao nibs, vanilla, maple syrup, and two kinds of nuts. But it’s the chai spices--ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg--that send it over the top. I’ll be eating this granola by the handful.--Jane ...more
oh gosh this sounds so goodmore

The Easiest Risotto Ever, No Stirring Required

Editor’s note: I love risotto, and in those halcyon days before I had a kid, I would even make it for dinner sometimes. But until I teach my toddler to patiently stir, stir, stir, I’m going to prepare this Baked Risotto With Butternut Squash and Feta recipe that Pam from Sidewalk Shoes turned up. Just 40 minutes in the oven for a decent, easy risotto--sounds like a no-brainer to me. --Jane ...more
I've used the pressure cooker to make risotto.  It's fast and easy, ready in under 10 minutes.  ...more

How to Make a Perfect White Cake That's Even Better Than the Bakery's

Editor’s note: Baking the perfect layer cake has always seemed daunting to me, so no matter how special the occasion, I usually just buy a cake from a bakery. Amanda from I Am Baker makes baking this Perfect White Cake seem almost effortless. I just may make it for my son's second birthday. --Jane ...more

The World's Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Tater Tots and Chorizo Included

Editor’s note: Malcolm from From Away has done it once again. He’s come up with an insanely awesome dish that I can’t stop thinking about. Think Mexican chorizo, tater tots, habanero cheddar cheese, and pickled jalapeños, and you’ve got the makings of the world’s best grilled cheese sandwich. Seriously. --Jane ...more
This sandwich has been haunting me. I suppose I could make it gluten free, but it wouldn't be ...more

It's Girl Scout Cookie Season: Deep-Fried Thin Mints

Editor’s note: It’s that special time of year once again. You know, Girl Scout Cookie season. But instead of just eating a whole box of Thin Mints while no one’s looking (not that I’m admitting to that), Jennifer from Kirbie’s Cravings decided to deep-fry them. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar over the whole batch and you’ve turned the time-honored cookie into a kitschy dessert. --Jane ...more
@ArthurBrowne1 I just did, damn it.more

Better Than at the Coffeehouse: Cardamom Orange Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

Editor’s note: I used to work across the street from one of those third-wave espresso shops. You know, the ones where the baristas talk about coffee like it’s fine wine. Well, this particular shop sold a downright addictive cold-brewed iced coffee that I’ve always wanted to duplicate at home. Thanks to Annalise of Sweet Anna’s, I can do that and make it even better, because she infuses her iced coffee with cardamom and orange zest. It even lasts in the refrigerator for one week. --Jane ...more

Get Inspired by Vacation Eating: Vegan Portobello Carpaccio Pizza

Editor’s note: Kristy from Keepin’ It Kind came back from a New York City vacation fired up to re-create her culinary adventures in the kitchen. This vegan mushroom carpaccio pizza is a riff on a sandwich she bought from one of those trendy NYC food trucks. She layers artichoke-olive tapenade and lightly roasted portobello mushrooms on homemade pizza dough, and tops the whole thing with lemon-dressed arugula. The result? “An ‘Oh my God’ pizza.” -- Jane ...more
i'd eat thatmore

Dinner in 20 Minutes: Speedy Shrimp Pasta

Editor’s note: The struggle to get home-cooked food on the table every night--it never ends. Erin from Dinner, Dishes, and Desserts suggests this Speedy Sautéed Shrimp Pasta dish that you can whip up in just 20 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, sauté the shrimp and make a quick sun-dried tomato sauce. Even the most picky family members are sure to ask for seconds. --Jane ...more
Going to make this tonight! I have all the ingredients. YUM!more