Write Your Own Love Notes: DIY Conversation Hearts

Editor’s note: I’ve always loved the conversation hearts that arrive in stores every February, just in time for Valentine’s Day. But the store-bought candies are also full of artificial flavors and colors. So why not make them yourself? Nicole from Brown Sugar did just that, whipping up a homemade batch of conversation hearts. The best part? You can customize your hearts with your own messages. --Jane ...more
What a cool and thoughtful idea. Thanks for sharing.more

Easy, Elegant Valentine's Day Cake for Two

Editor’s note: Shawn from I Wash…You Dry came up with this jaw-droppingly gorgeous Valentine’s Day cake for two, which is ridiculously easy to make. All you need is a box of cake mix and some red food coloring, and you can create beautiful layers that slowly turn from white to deep pink. Frost it with whipped cream for an elegant Valentine’s Day dessert.--Jane ...more
love that! and so pretty!!more

When Life Give You Lemons, Make Lemon Yogurt Loaf

Editor’s note: My backyard lemon tree is so loaded with ripe lemons at this time of year that it’s all I can do to keep up with them. This Lemon Yogurt Loaf made by Katie of So Tasty, So Yummy looks so, well, yummy, that I bet I’ll be making it all season long. --Jane ...more
Wow! This sounds so good. Just checked the ingredients and it looks pretty simple to bake, I am ...more

Red Velvet Hearts Light Sparks on Valentine's Day

Editor’s note: Okay, this recipe had me at “silver disco dust,” which is sprinkled over the top of these supercute Red Velvet Hearts. Though she calls them by the fancy French name "petit fours," this Valentine’s Day idea from Kristan at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen couldn’t be easier. Just break out the heart-shaped cookie cutters and frost these babies. The edible silver disco dust is not optional. --Jane ...more

Chicken Pot Pie Topped with Cream Cheese and Chive Biscuits

Editor’s note: Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like chicken pot pie. Courtney from Cook Like a Champion loves it so much that she’s outdone herself with her latest rendition, in which she uses luxurious cream cheese and chive biscuits as a topping. Cream cheese also enriches the filling, which brims with veggies and chicken. --Jane ...more

A Hearty Barley, Caramelized Onion, and White Bean Stew

Editor’s note: Eating meatless doesn’t mean you have to leave dinner table hungry, as Dara from The Cookin’ Canuck proves with this hearty white bean stew. After slowly caramelizing the onions, this stew practically cooks itself. Just add barley, white beans, and spinach as directed and let simmer. If you double the recipe, you can even eat this healthful meal all week long. --Jane ...more
Yum - I love caramelized onions and onion soup - cannot wait to try your ...more

Spice Up Your Weekend Brunch With Vanilla Chai Pancakes

Editor’s note: I thought I was the only one who put Penzeys Spices on my wish list, but it turns out that Jennifer from Not Your Momma’s Cookie did too. This year, Jennifer was inspired to make Vanilla Chai Pancakes with her Christmas booty. She gussies up everyday pancakes with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and allspice--they’re perfect for a modern Sunday brunch. --Jane ...more
You had me at Penzey's! And chai and custard, too.more

Kitchen Blowtorch Plus Chocolate: S’mores Crème Brûlée

Editor’s note: Three words: S’mores Crème Brûlée. Do you really need to know anything else about this fabulous recipe? Oh yeah, you also get to break out the kitchen blowtorch not once, but twice. (Don’t worry if you don’t have a blowtorch; a broiler can do the job too.) Anita from Dessert First suggests that her glammed-up dessert would be perfect for your next big-deal occasion. The Super Bowl or Valentine’s Day anyone? -- Jane ...more

Easy Entertaining: Chicken Roulades with Tapenade and Prosciutto

Editor’s note: I love having guests for dinner, but I always struggle finding food that’s easy to prepare, yet looks beautiful too. This company-worthy dish from Kelly at Just a Taste fits the bill on both counts. Don’t be intimidated by the word “roulade,” with Kelly’s clear instructions and photos, you’ll be able to put these together in just a few minutes. --Jane ...more
BlogHer first mushrooms, now tapande -- we've got to get you some good food, Y! lol - Denisemore

Homemade Lentil-Mushroom Burgers: An Easy and Delicious All-American Meal

Editor’s note: If you’ve been trying to find a decent recipe for homemade veggie burgers for Meatless Mondays, Cindy from Hungry Girl Por Vida might have the solution. She sautés cremini mushrooms and onions and combines them with cooked lentils and sun-dried tomatoes to make a tasty patty. Top it all off with caramelized onions, roasted grape tomatoes, and an avocado-yogurt spread for a vegetarian feast. --Jane ...more
We have lentils oddly enoughmore