Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 3/1/10

March? Really? I couldn't tell by looking outside. 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

Stocking Your Pantry for Home Cooking: The Basics

fennel seeds

If you've ever started dinner only to realize that you're out of one thing or another, then you'll know how easy it is to give up on dinner and just head for the nearest eating establishment. I mean, you're going out anyway, right? A well-stocked pantry is one of the first keys to successful home cooking. Why Stock Your Pantry? ::As I stated … more

Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: February 22, 2010

uncooked quinoa

It has been a busy weekend. I started it out by working a lot and getting ready for my mother-in-law's 60th birthday (Happy birthday, Kathleen!). On Saturday I had the privilege of photographing Hearts for Haiti downtown with Anne followed by church and basketball tournaments and a long overdue top-to-bottom cleaning of the entire house … more

Kugelhopf, My Grandma’s Way

yellow batter

It's hard to say where this kugelhopf originated from. While other kugelhopfs start from sweet, yeast-risen dough, I grew up eating a rich cake-like version my grandmother made. With its distinct rich taste and buttery texture, this moist cake is the perfect complement to your morning coffee and manages to hold its own after the main course with … more

Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 2/15/10

Tara, Mandi and Shaina

The Olympics are underway (and curling starts Tuesday). We spent tonight glancing at the games while putting together a fondue feast for 8. My sister and her boyfriend Matt celebrated with us, and everything went off without a hitch. One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat … more

General Tso’s Chicken, Takeout From Home

soy sauce to cornstarch for chicken

Along with the wontons, this was my first attempt at getting in touch with the takeout box I so longed for. Fried chicken pieces, sticky sauce. General Tso's Chicken. Why General Tso's and not orange chicken, sesame or even sweet and sour? To be honest, I never really liked sweet and sour. There was always something a bit too sweet for me. … more

The Monday Menu: February 8, 2010

kugelhopf

I'm back from Blissdom, and I have to admit, as much as I am thrilled to be here with my kids and my husband, I'm sad it's over. I had a fantastic time, met so many wonderful women, and I learned a lot too. I also completed the two missing pieces of my...cake?...and was able to spend some time with my friends Mandi and Tara while I was there. … more