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Hominy: The Story of a Canned Culinary Secret
Once upon a time in the Land of Earthquakes (California), young children were asked to bring canned goods to school to put in a classroom kit for earthquake preparedness. From across this small town,...


Groundhog's Day In The Kitchen
Do you find your family eating the same foods, week after week? Each day of the week you have the same lineup of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and after a while it begins to feel a bit like...


Super Bowl Sunday Sausage
As one of the biggest food holidays of the year, Super Bowl Sunday is a time for sharing an exciting football game with your family, along with some delicious eats. This year, why not include your kids...


This Is For The Birds
Here in Pennsylvania, there’s a lot of hoopla come February 2nd for Groundhog Day (we must all have cabin-fever and are just desperate for any sign of excitement). Perhaps we're all just hoping that...


Grape Leaves That You Can't Leave Alone
I’ve had two jars of grape leaves sitting on the pantry shelf for months now. They were one of those bargain deals I picked up at a local discount store: two jars for a dollar. What a find! For a...


How to Get FAT This Tuesday
This Tuesday, precisely 47 days before Easter, people all over the world will celebrate in the centuries-old tradition of getting Fat. Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, or Carnival...


The Well-Equipped Bachelor: Spices and Oils
As Valentine's Day approaches and commercials for chocolate and flowers begin to crowd our screens, I've noticed something different this year. One of the United States' largest manufacturers of medical...


Cauliflower: The New Face Of Steak
It is not every day that the most talked about dish at a new hot restaurant is the cauliflower. I don’t just mean there is a chunk of meat with a side of cauliflower. Nor do I mean that the cauliflower...


Deceptively Delicious . . . Or Just Deceptive?
Have you had a chance to take a look at Jessica Seinfeld’s book, Deceptively Delicious, yet? It’s garnered a lot of attention—some kudos, some criticism. On the recommendation of some readers, I...


Love, On The Half Shell
There is one food that most often comes to mind when you think of romantic possibilities, and that is the oyster. With their reputed special romantic powers, they are the perfect food for this love-laden...


A Chocolate Candygram of a Meal for Valentine's Day
When I was in elementary school, I was--how do I put this?--awkward. An unfortunate pixie haircut (before it was cool), braces (before there was Invisiline) and the general dorkiness associated with the...


Leftovers Again?
So, how’s the challenge going? Have you come up with anything that you’d make again—or not? Any chance you’re making a dent in helping to eliminate one-third of the trash (and save some of that...


Vegetarian Tacos, with Some Meat for Good Measure
When I was growing up, no taco night was complete without a giant bowl of soft avocado, mashed together with onions, tomatoes, and cilantro and surrounded by crunchy white corn chips. Meant only as an...


All In The Pot
It never ceases to amaze me that there are people out there who actually like doing dishes. I am not one of them. As an avid cook this poses a problem. Cooking requires utensils, pots, baking sheets,...


Oh So Very Simple Syrup
It is always fun to impress your guests when you entertain, and one of the simplest ways to do that is with simple syrup. Simply put, simple syrup is sugar dissolved in water boiled into a thick liquid....


Cooking Among Friends: Eat Better With Less Work
How would you like to be able to serve your family a hot, healthy, delicious evening meal and save money and time in the process? Too good to be true? Not according to Mary Tennant and Becki Visser, founders...


 

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