Hello everyone and happy holidays! If you are still looking for gift ideas (it could be a gift for you too), I’ve compiled a short list of a few things that have caught my fancy this year. I love gifts that are useful, yet special. Be it gadget or book, the best gift is something to cherish.First up are these practical and elegant soy-based candles from The Thoughtful Gardner, a new project from Our Site’ very own head of technology, Jesse Gardner and his wife Jessica.
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As temperatures heat up, my motivation to cook big meals goes waaaay down. I’d rather spend the time outside with my kids, gardening, or going on bike rides than cooking giant meals. I get the feeling I’m not alone!I find myself coming back to sandwiches when I need to get a meal on the table because they’re just so versatile.
If there’s one thing I always have in my pantry, it’s pasta sauce. It’s basically liquid gold at my house: when I’m in a pinch, I know I can pull out a trusty jar and whip up a semi-gourmet dinner in no time at all.With the holidays oh-so-swiftly approaching, spending oodles of time on dinner just isn’t going to happen for me, and I get the feeling that *maybe* you’re in the same boat?
As a home cook, a food lover, and the editor of a recipe website, one of the most heartwarming things to come from the current lock-down situation has been an absolute surge in home cooking. Right now, everyone and their mother is cooking at home whether they particularly want to or not!It has been amazing — and occasionally surprising — to see what you all have been cooking the past few weeks.
Living in Oregon for the past eight years has really spoiled me. Going berry picking during the summer is an absolute MUST for our survival all year long. We pick buckets and buckets of berries, which we turn into jam or freeze for later use in smoothies, on top of pancakes and yogurt, or just to munch on.
Summers are a bit chaotic with my kids being home all day AND when it’s scorching outside, it’s hard to find the motivation to cook anything. Thankfully, I have a trusty grill that has saved my sanity more times than I can count, especially since I cook for eight people every night.Cooking for so many people definitely comes with some challenges, and when planning my menu, I need meals that are fast and healthy, and I definitely need them to stay within a reasonable budge.
This post was written in partnership with Apples From New York. It’s that time of year, when questions of what to bring as a hostess gift or what to serve at your next holiday party start to become more and more … urgent.Thankfully, kids and adults alike love New York apples, and we love easy appetizers and main dishes that are popular with the whole crowd.
This post is written in partnership with the National Mango Board.With party season on the horizon, we’re starting to scheme up fresh, colorful recipes our friends and family are sure to love. And this year we’ve got mangos on the mind!Thanks to their heavenly sweet flavor and versatility, mangos are perfectly poised for sweet and savory dishes alike (and it certainly helps that with six main varieties imported into the U.
This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, Army wife, and a Our Site recipe tester and developer!Recreating my favorite childhood recipes is a way to keep things exciting with family dinners. Why not get back in touch with my inner-kid and wax nostalgic with this week’s meals?
This post is brought to you in partnership with Fresh From Florida.Blueberry and peach season is such a delicious time of year. They’re so sweet and juicy we can’t help but put them in all kinds of dishes, front and center.As much as we love to eat blueberries and peaches fresh from the market, we also find the intensified sweetness and jamminess of the fruits when they’re baked into cobblers, cakes, and pies to be irresistible.
This week, please welcome Rachel Knecht and her meal plans! Rachel is a recipe tester here on Our Site and the blogger behind Baking with Rachel.How are you finding joy this week? I find joy in the simple aspects of daily life, such as kneading dough or stirring pasta. I enjoy planning meals and thinking of different ways to use the ingredients I have on hand.
This post is brought to you in partnership with Mission Foods.Show of hands — who is here to watch the game…. ok, now, who is here for the food?! Yup, that’s about what we figured.Not to say you can’t enjoy all the touch downs, field goals, and extra points happening on the screen, but what’s the point of getting together to watch the game if there’s not a huge buffet of food involved?
If you’re lucky enough to have a patio or backyard, now is the time to make the most of that space!With many of us still spending most of our time at home this summer, outdoor dining is one way to mix things up! With a few thoughtful touches, you can make your patio or backyard look and feel special.
Soup is a regular occurrence in my house throughout the winter. A few years ago, I felt into the habit of making soup and a loaf of bread every Monday. My family learned to anticipate it, and we ended up bringing several new soups into the rotation to stand alongside our old standbys.We can always use new soup recipes in my family!
Hosting your gang’s football party this weekend? Holiday cocktail party coming up? Got invited to Aunt Gertrude’s bookclub this Saturday and don’t want to show up empty handed?No matter what kind of party or potluck you’ve got on the calendar, we have a dip for you.STOCK YOUR PANTRY FOR EASY DIPSThe real beauty of dips is how truly fast and easy they are to make — that is, as long as you have all the ingredients.
If you don’t have an instant-read digital thermometer in your kitchen, you are missing out. These handy gadgets are one of our most-used kitchen tools, useful for everything from quickly checking the internal temp of a piece of chicken in the skillet, to monitoring a roast in the oven or some ribs on the grill.
There never seem to be enough chicken recipes, am I right?Here, we’ve put together some of our favorites for your weeknight (or weekend!) inspiration. They all have an eye toward expedience and efficiency, and are easily made in one skillet.A favorite appetizer transitions to a main course, with parmesan and mozzarella and chicken cutlets.
Christmas cookies have an enduring appeal. And then there are all the showstopper cakes, pies, and other sweets that make everyone at your holiday party ooh and ahh.But what about when your sweet tooth needs a break? What if you love the holidays, but you prefer your sweets just a little less, well, sweet?
If football has an official dish, it’s got to be chili. In my opinion, no football party is complete without a pot of this hearty, spicy stew simmering on the back burner.Whether you’re looking for a classic beef chili, a crockpot or Instant Pot chili, or something a bit more off the beaten path, here are all of our very best, very favorite chili recipes for your game day party!
This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, Army wife, and a Our Site recipe tester and developer!I think I can say with a fair amount of certainty that we’re all pining to take a trip somewhere, anywhere by now.When a trip to the grocery store feels like the wildest trip we’ve been on, I think it’s safe to say that we need something more exciting in our lives.
This month, Summer Miller is back, sharing her meal plans for April. Summer is a mom, a full-time food writer, and also helps test the fabulous recipes we bring you every week at Our Site.Warmer temperatures bring with them a familiar ease to life – more daylight hours, fewer coat buttons to button and less headwear to adorn before flinging open the front door and stepping casually into the sunshine.