Ahh, the Memorial Day cookout: Your annual chance to reconnect with family, enjoy the magical late-spring weather and flex your grilling muscles in preparation for the (hopefully many!) summer cookouts to come. And while burgers and hot dogs might be default Memorial Day entrées, that just gives side dishes and dessert more room to shine! I’ve gathered a few traditional-faves-with-a-twist, including potato salad, macaroni salad and my very favorite fruity (yep, fruity!) cole slaw recipe, to help up your patio-party game.
It’s not every day you can eat dessert in the name of mathematics…but today you can. Because on the 14th day of March each year, pi has its moment in the sun. The digits of this mathematical constant are recited in schoolrooms across the nation (well, some of the digits), songs sung about its discoverers (I’m not even joking) and, of course, slices shared of that most fabulous of all circular desserts—pie! It’s a fun holiday, any way you slice it.
Elephant-in-the-room time: The holidays don’t exactly come free. There are gifts to consider, and travel expenses, and Santa Yoda tree-toppers. So what’s a budget-conscious person supposed to make when invitations to Ugly Sweater Party potlucks arrive? You could hole up at home for the season. (Not fun.) You could blow your budget in the name of holiday spirit. (Not wise.) Or you could make one of these three wallet-friendly treats and smile inwardly about their price point. If you don’t tell, I won’t!
You know how the holidays go, right? You have a bunch of guests that are coming to your house and you need to put a delicious meal on the table that will impress them. This is usually how my holidays go. Each side of my family gets together every year around a big table of food. Our menu is always filled with appetizers, salads, side and main dishes and of course dessert—one of my favorite parts of the holidays. I love trying new desserts but I also like to have a tried and true recipe in my back pocket that is easy to make but impresses a crowd. And let’s not forget it has to be easy. Continue reading
Bring on the pumpkin! While I can pretty much enjoy pumpkin treats throughout the year, pumpkin really becomes the star of my dishes once the chill of fall is in the air and the leaves start to turn. I love making this Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake Lush Dessert — not only is it easy to make, but it’s crowd-pleasing as well. The cheesecake pudding, gingersnaps, pumpkin-flavored topping and crunchy pecans magically meld overnight into one lush and creamy dessert. Continue reading
If those childhood afternoons spent sitting on the grass, scratching mosquito bites and waiting for your turn to crank the ice cream maker taught us anything, it’s that nothing tastes better than food that you’ve worked for. And while the old-school ice cream maker is something I still love to pull out occasionally (rock salt, anyone?), my kids and I can make this delish Chocolate Chunk & Marshmallow Sundae anytime we feel like getting together in the kitchen and creating a little magic. Continue reading
When August rolls around, it is the height of summer in my neck of the woods. I’m reminded to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts and get outside with my kids as much as possible before school starts. Picnics are a fabulous way to experience the great outdoors. Whether you like to take your picnic somewhere special or simply roll out a blanket in the backyard, everyone can enjoy this quality family time centered around a delicious meal. Continue reading