Food

One-pot Gluten-Free cooking

One-pot Gluten-Free cooking

The Four Seasons Salad | Serves 4 This recipe is for my super chic, classy, champagne-loving, and hostess-with-the-mostest friend, Janae.  She asked me for a “go-to” salad that she can serve for any occasion or holiday when entertaining. I came up with the idea to […]

Salute to Crescent City

Salute to Crescent City

Jambalaya is one of the more beloved dishes in Louisiana, where locals know there’s a difference between Cajun jambalaya and Creole jambalaya. Creole jambalaya, such as the following recipe from Neal Corman and Chris Peterson’s “Virgil’s Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook” (St. Martin’s Press) includes tomatoes […]

Sweet temptations

Sweet temptations

 Minty Chocolate Cheesecake This cheesecake reminds me of Christmas — chocolate and mint! Two great flavors to savor next to a warm fire. Preheat oven to 350°F . 9-inch cheesecake pan, ungreased, or springform pan with 3-inch sides, greased Crust 11⁄2 cups chocolate sandwich cookie […]

Essential Home Cooking

Essential Home Cooking

Quick Beef Stew | Serves: 4 When there’s a chill in the air and you don’t have the time or inclination to cook, you can still get an amazingly flavorful beef stew on the table in under an hour. I take a few clever shortcuts […]

Parties around a Punch Bowl

Parties around a Punch Bowl

Lifestyle and entertaining expert Kimberly Whitman introduces the lively, rich history of the punch bowl, from India to England & Europe to the American South and beyond. She creates a dozen festive party ideas organized around a punch bowl: an Easter Egg Hunt, a classic […]

Uncomplicated Home Cooking

Uncomplicated Home Cooking

Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze Serves 12 | Prep 15 minutes | Ready In about 1½ hours Bundt cakes are especially simple since they don’t need to be frosted to look gorgeous; in fact, frosting them would be a nightmare! This glazed beauty was […]

Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-Treat

Green Halloween Zombies 2 ½ quarts popped popcorn 6 tablespoons butter or margarine 3 cups mini marshmallows 4 tablespoons lime gelatin powder Red gum balls, candy corn, flat green candy strips (or fruit leather), green sugar sprinkles Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside. […]

The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen

The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen

Pomegranate-Glazed Lamb Chops | 4 servings This dish is the ultimate showstopper, not only for looks, but for flavor as well. The marinade base is pomegranate molasses, a thick syrupy sauce made from reduced pomegranate juice with sugar and lemon. It’s potent and tangy and […]

Prep-Ahead Breakfasts & Lunches

Prep-Ahead Breakfasts & Lunches

Peaches & Cream Stuffed French Toast | Makes 12 These taste like you are eating a peach hand pie instead of French toast. Instead of maple syrup, drizzle Apple Cinnamon Syrup over this delicious breakfast. FILLING 6 oz cream cheese, softened ½ cup powdered sugar […]

Just desserts with a patriotic flair

Just desserts with a patriotic flair

Blueberry Vanilla Ice Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Prep: 20 minutes | Freezing time: 6-12 hours  | Servings: 10-12 10 ounces (about 2 cups) fresh blueberries, cold, plus extra for decorating 16.9 ounces heavy whipping cream, cold 6 ounces white granulated sugar, chilled 1 packet […]