Cooking Blogs

November 6, 2015

Making sweet potato pie is a piece of cake, er, pie! Here are simple step-by-step instructions on how to make this delicious sweet potato pie recipe. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Get all of your ingredients out so not to have to search for items as you go. This will also ensure that you have everything you need. All you need for the filling is one or two small sweet potatoes, eggs, sugar, ground ginger, salt, orange zest, and milk! It is your choice whether you want to peel and... more

October 23, 2015

These cookies are super easy to make and extremely delicious. They are great with semi-sweet chocolate chips, but we recommend trying them with milk chocolate chips for a truly mouth-watering treat. Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, at room temperature ½ cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 large egg 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats 2 cups chocolate chips ½ cup... more

October 16, 2015

With this Thai Chicken With Linguine recipe from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the dinner “rush hour” turns into family time. It’s easy to make, filling, healthy, and packed with flavor. Fortunately, I had most of the ingredients already in my pantry and fridge, and the rest was easy to get from a quick trip to the grocery store. The entire recipe took only about 20 minutes to make, which for a family on the go is ideal for a home-cooked meal that is, yes … healthy! Pasta Pointers I used some of... more

September 25, 2015

Switchel was how colonial farmers quenched their thirst out in the hot, sunbaked fields. That’s enough of an endorsement for me! This drink is also called Haymaker’s Punch (because it was drunk while haying fields) and it’s easy to make with just a few ingredients—including cider vinegar, ginger, and a sweetener. Switchel is not only hydrating, but also energizing.  Think of it as “Nature’s Gatorade.” It will give you that electrolyte boost better than any pricey energy drink or soda. It’s... more

September 13, 2015

The Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe from Everyday Baking brings a little of everything that we love about pumpkins and manages to strike the perfect balance between savory and sweet. Enjoy this delicious bread with breakfast or as an afternoon snack, warm with a pat of butter.  I adapted this recipe to make 12 delicious muffins, and they were truly delightful. The pumpkin flavor dominates, the texture is light, and the cranberries add a nice little burst of sweetness complemented by the crunch... more

August 17, 2015

It’s been a pretty hot summer, and I have been on the hunt for healthy postdinner refreshments. This simple shake-for-one did the trick! It takes under 5 minutes to make, and I already had all of the ingredients on hand. This is the perfect summer dessert: easy to make and very refreshing. Make the most of the peach season, and give this delicious shake a try! Quick tip: Peel a peach by scoring the bottom, placing it in boiling water for 5 seconds, and then plunging it into ice-cold water for 3... more

August 14, 2015

Try this Cubana Pie recipe for something delicous and different! It's basically a slightly spicy, Caribbean-style ground beef pie with raisins and olives. What was weird about this pie was that after I smooshed together with my hands all of the ingredients in this French glass mixing bowl that I have, patted the mixture down flat in the bowl, and turned it out into the 9-inch piecrust, it fit the crust exactly in height and diameter. I was standing there with my mouth agape in wonder. The... more

August 13, 2015

Bobotie is a South African dish of which there are many variations. This one has a mildly spicy curry taste with apple and other fruity undertones. It’s excellent when served with basmati rice, but could easily stand on its own. I am not normally a fan of curry or spicy food, but this was so mild that it simply added flavor. When cooking this dish, I had used a cover, however, this was keeping in too much of the liquid, so I let it boil down a bit after the initial 30 minutes. I used a 14 cup... more

August 12, 2015

The idea was simple: Bring friends and family together for a delicous meal. I wanted to start with a beautiful salad. When I saw the Strawberry Spinach Salad recipe, I knew I couldn’t resist.  The recipe makes 24 servings! For my dinner party for seven, I adjusted it to use a pound of spinach, 5 cups of strawberries and two cucumbers, and added a creamy goat cheese. For personal taste, I made a homemade dressing of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette.   The colors and taste both... more

August 11, 2015

I love a lot of things about summer, but one in particular is the sweet crunch of fresh corn on the cob. Here's a wonderful corn chowder recipe—to make with fresh corn—or, canned corn if fresh corn is not available. I believe in the forest, and in the meadow, and in the night in which the corn grows. –Henry David Thoreau I grew up eating boiled corn, but the first day I sank my teeth into a piece of fresh, just-picked corn was a day that changed my views on corn forever. This Corn Chowder... more


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