Olive Garden at Home: A Warming Bowl of Zuppa Toscana

Editor’s note: I know there are a lot of Olive Garden fans out there. Well, Heather from Heather Likes Food has created a “copycat” version of the restaurant’s Zupppa Toscana. With lots of potatoes and two varieties of sausage, this rib-sticking soup should fill you up and warm you up during the last cold days of winter. --Jane ...more
As soon as I saw that this was a copy recipe for Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana, I had to come and ...more

Vegetarian Chili from Martha Stewart's New Meatless Cookbook

Editor’s note: You know Meatless Mondays have jumped the shark when Martha Stewart comes out with a cookbook titled Meatless. Well, the doyenne of domesticity's new book came out just last month, and Jennifer from Lita’s World put the book’s recipes to the test, including this Versatile Vegetarian Chili, which brims with two kinds of chiles and kidney and pinto beans. Don’t forget to put your favorite garnishes on top. -- Jane ...more

The Best Chicken Ever: Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with Green Sauce

Editor’s note: Peruvian-style roast chicken is to die for. If you don’t have a Peruvian rotisserie in your town--and even if you do--you owe it to yourself to make this dish at home. Jennifer from Once Upon a Chef has perfected the recipe for the amazingly succulent whole chicken, which is marinated and then oven-roasted until perfectly crisp. --Jane ...more
Looks absolutely divine. My family loves chicken. Must try this sometime.more

Homemade SpaghettiO’s: Way Better Than the Cans

Editor’s note: Uh-oh, SpaghettiO’s. I couldn’t help but have that jingle pop into my head when I saw the long list of additives in a can of SpaghettiO’s. Jennifer from Mother Thyme thought much the same thing, so she came up with a homemade version of the kids’ favorite. Do you think it’s OK if we still sing the song when we make it ourselves? --Jane ...more
This is one of my FAVE lunch recipes: ...more

Last-Minute Valentine's Day: Make a Classic Champagne Cocktail

Editor’s note: Don’t worry if you haven’t yet planned an elaborate meal for your sweetie today. Denise from Chez Us has you covered with this Classic Champagne Cocktail. All you need is a bottle of bubbly, bitters, a sugar cube, and a lemon twist. And if you really want to get fancy, Denise also shares her cheat sheet to Champagne 101. --Jane ...more

Easy, Healthy Sweet Potato Tacos With Chipotle Cream

Editor’s note: Tacos have long been a staple at my California table, but I always fill them with meat or seafood. I never thought of making a vegetarian version. Lauren from Climbing Grier Mountain stuffs corn tortillas with sweet potatoes and roasted bell peppers, and tops it all off with avocado and a dollop of chipotle cream. -- Jane ...more
Love the sound of this!more

Valentine’s Day Peekaboo Pound Cake

Editor’s note: How awesome would it be if your kids sliced open a pound cake to reveal a pink heart inside. Well, Amy from Very Culinary has figured out a way to do do just that. Even though this recipe is super-easy, Amy warns that it is a daylong project, so don’t wait until the last minute to make it. --Jane ...more
Love this! -Ymore

20 Festive Recipes to Celebrate Mardi Gras

Editor’s note: Calling all party people: Mardi Gras is this Tuesday. Since I can’t get to New Orleans this year, I’ll be celebrating from my kitchen, thanks to Nicole from the Galley Gourmet. Her decadent list of good eats for Mardi Gras include traditional favorites such as king cake, jambalaya, and gumbo. Laissez les bon temps rouler. --Jane ...more
Paczkis! Yum!more

How to Make Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries Even Better? Just Add Mascarpone

Editor’s note: Chocolate-covered strawberries may be the most romantic of Valentine’s Day desserts. Is there anyone who hasn’t dreamed of feeding these to her beloved? Jaclyn from Cooking Classy puts this iconic treat over the top by stuffing the berries with mascarpone cheese. --Jane ...more
@Karen Ballum Seriously. I love every single ingredient.more

A New Mom's Upside-Down Cake for Her Upside-Down World

Editor’s note: Melissa from Dash of East had her first baby a few months ago, and her life’s been topsy-turvy ever since. Just like many of us food lovers, she cooks her way through her feelings about being a stay-at-home mom, making this Blood Orange Upside-Down Polenta Cake in her cast-iron skillet. --Jane ...more