My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Blood Spatter Cookies
Blood Spatter Cookies

With Halloween just two days away, I thought I would share an idea for a creepy last-minute treat.  This weekend we were invited to a Halloween party and I volunteered … Read More

Chocolate Truffle Tart Cooking View
Chocolate Truffle Tart

Ganache is often used to add that perfect finishing touch to a dessert but I think we need to celebrate it in its pure form. Truffles are a great start since they are essentially a ball of ganache dipped in more chocolate. This tart is the simpler cousin of truffles. A simple tart dough is made in minutes in the food processor or mixer (or by hand, for those with less equipped kitchens). After the shell is baked, pour in the ganache, chill until set and voila – you have the answer to that wicked chocolate craving, pick-me-up after a bad day, celebratory treat after a good one, or if you’re me, maybe just a Tuesday. Read More

Mushroom, Chicken and Soba Noodle Soup Cooking View
Mushroom, Chicken and Soba Noodle Soup

The past few days I shared two staples that I like to keep on hand for simple weeknight meals.  Now that you’ve got the basics on hand, you’re two steps … Read More

Making the Basics: Chicken Stock Cooking View
Making the Basics: Chicken Stock

Yesterday I shared one of my favorite strategies for making weeknight meals a little bit easier by keeping shredded cooked chicken on hand in the freezer.  When the chicken meat … Read More

Making the Basics: Simple Roast Chicken
Making the Basics: Simple Roast Chicken

Without a doubt one convenience item that many, many home cooks rely on to simplify weeknight meals is store-bought rotisserie chicken.  While I certainly understand the convenience aspect of using … Read More

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