Maple-Glazed Steak Salad with Blue Cheese

walnuts in bowl

Maple and blue cheese meet in a perfect pair, on a bed of greens and a sweet, maple-glazed steak. This happens to be my favorite "meal" salad, and it needs nothing else. It's sugaring season, when the sap in the maple trees is running, and while we do notice our maples in the backyard running, we don't actually tap our own. However, down on the … more

Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 3/22/10

candy store

Spring makes me feel like a kid in a candy store, so do giveaways. Be sure to enter mine to win 3 cookbooks and a Pioneer Woman t-shirt! One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're … more

Blog Birthday Cookbook (and t-shirt) Giveaway!

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My blog had its first birthday, and to celebrate, I'm giving away cookbooks to you, the readers, the ones that keep me coming back. It all started with a post on carrot cake, and 219 posts later, here I am, one year into this not-as-new venture and a crash behind me even! As I was writing this post (the first time) my host updated a few things … more

Ganache-Topped Mint Brownies with the Kids

the kids

I enjoy cooking with my kids. I believe that teaching them how to cook and bake and feed themselves is an important part of the child rearing process. So, I set out to do that this week. First, we made brownies, but not just any brownies. We made brownies with a mint cheesecake layer, and then we topped them off with a simple ganache. I mean, … more

The Weekly Dinner Menu: 3/15/10

cute boy with cookie

Today's post is brought to you by my personal cookie monster. One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also … more

How to Make a Seedling Tray Out of Recycled Products

toilet paper rolls and ikea cinnamon roll container

Here in the Midwest, there is still snow on the ground, but temperatures are on the rise, and it's time to start thinking about gardens and, more importantly, getting seedlings started. We'll be starting our seedlings indoors because the temperatures still drop below freezing at night, and to do this, we'll need to build a box to grow them in. … more

Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Bread Pudding

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Bread Pudding in a Jar #recipe via FoodforMyFamily.com

What to do when you have food that needs to be used in short order? In this case, the obvious solution was to whip up a bread pudding with a few extra lemons, ricotta, blueberries I'd planned on feeding the kids but then forgot about and a loaf of bread with a forgotten purpose. (I loved this recipe so much, I ended up including it in my … more