As much as I consider myself a foodie—and I love trying new and exotic foods—there’s something pretty wonderful about a simple and delicious mac and cheese recipe. Mac and cheese is perpetually popular with my kids, but it’s also one of my own favorite comfort foods. At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than a bowl of cheesy goodness. This Five Cheese Bacon Mac and Cheese recipe is a huge favorite at our house and gets rave reviews every time I make it!
Don’t get me wrong—I love traditional burrito recipes as much as anybody else. But there ARE times when a flour tortilla seems a little…unnecessary. Like when you’re working with particularly flavorful ingredients, such as fresh pico de gallo, homemade cilantro rice and chicken skillet-browned in zesty dressing. Why would you cloak all that goodness under a white wrap?
If you’re celebrating Easter, you’ve probably got enough on your plate without needlessly complicating your menu. But here’s good news: You can take fussy appetizers out of that equation and focus on the rest of the festivities (even if that means sneaking candy from the kids’ baskets while they’re distracted—no judgment). I’ve gathered the eight easiest pre-feast noshes I could find, including deviled eggs, breads, mini frittatas and a creamy dip recipe or two. Because I’m nice like that—and because everybunny needs a break sometimes.
It’s been a while since I’ve touched a basketball. My athletic career peaked in middle school, back when the number of sweatbands you wore was just as important as your skill level. While I never learned to spin the ball on one finger, my ball-handling skills have managed to improve since then—in the kitchen, that is. And if you think ball hogs only exist on the basketball courts, you haven’t seen my party guests when I bring out the cheese ball. Here’s my winning roster for the best ball-shaped recipes.
Full disclosure: I’m not a vegetarian. But the more I dabble in meatless dishes, the more I appreciate them. The subtle veggie flavors. The crisp-tender or meltingly soft textures. The savings from removing meat from my grocery bill. (That last one perhaps most of all!) Continue reading
Food is the best part of any celebration. No question about it! The events bring us together, but the food we enjoy is what makes a party worth throwing in the first place. Continue reading
Everyone has a favorite holiday tradition. My mom would go all out each Christmas Eve by preparing a spread of appetizers that included chicken wings, bacon-wrapped wieners, cheese and crackers, crab salad and fresh fruit. She’d give us brand-new pajamas and we’d all change into them before starting a classic Christmas movie. Snuggled together, we’d watch the screen under the lights of our Christmas tree. For dessert there were always homemade holiday cookies and candies. It was wonderful! I love passing on childhood traditions like these to my children. Continue reading