You might’ve noticed that cauliflower is having a moment right now—and am I the only one who wants that moment to go on forever? I can’t be. Not when there are SO many uses for this cruciferous little marvel. When it comes to throwing meals together, cauliflower is a perfect blank slate: It absorbs flavors, stands in for starches and mashes like an absolute dream. In the world of easy dinner recipes, cauliflower is king.
Ever meet someone who didn’t like cream cheese sauce? Me neither. (If you do, run away! Life is too short for that kind of negativity.) Sauces made with cream cheese are luscious. Velvety. Versatile. And if you’re a cooking newbie, you couldn’t ask for an easier starter sauce. Adding just a couple ingredients to the cream cheese base, from tomato sauce to chipotle peppers, can create an entirely different, ridiculously delicious new flavor—perfect for coating pasta or drizzling over seafood. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Continue reading
A classic never goes out of style. Like that white lace tablecloth passed down from my grandmother or my father’s set of crystal martini glasses, these retro recipes still look amazing on my table today. Nostalgic dishes like a Yule log, stuffed mushrooms and cheese balls serve up a little bit of old-school Americana but still feel modern—and taste delicious!—in a holiday spread. Continue reading
Like a superhero swooping down to save mealtime, Parmesan has a knack for making any dish even better. From soup to broccoli to pasta, it’s a master at upping the flavor ante.
Don’t throw away those turkey bones! The buzz on the internet about bone broth is nearly deafening these days. “What’s the big deal about it?” you may wonder. Well, let me tell you: IT’S DELICIOUS. I’m not a big fan of extreme foodie trends, but I’m totally on board with this one because it’s super easy. While it takes a lot of time, it’s really not a lot of work. Plus, it’s a way to use every part of the Thanksgiving turkey. Continue reading
Is there anything worse than getting ready to bake and finding your brown sugar is basically hard enough to cut glass? This seems to happen to me every Thanksgiving Eve when I’m already coated in flour, reeking of onions and garlic, and in the middle of three other Thanksgiving recipes. Fortunately, there’s one quick microwave trick to solve this problem—and a couple more that are even easier if you have the foresight to check your sugar more than five minutes before you need it. Continue reading
My kitchen is my retreat. I love getting creative with recipes, substituting ingredients and adding new, unexpected flavors. Plus, tweaking our favorites to create something original helps me avoid a repetitive dinnertime routine. My kids, however, would love nothing more than to have the same dish every day—especially if it’s mac and cheese. That’s why I’m hacking this dinnertime staple. With just some boxed mac and a few extra ingredients, these dishes come out impressive enough to serve company without anyone wondering if you’re still in college. And they’ve all received the coveted award of family silence: when all conversations come to a halt because everyone is busy enjoying each bite.