Angel Food Cake was on the on summer to-post list unlike the Lemonade. I crossed it off, and it felt surprisingly good. But not nearly as good as it felt to serve to my extended family after a 3-hour turned 8-hour road trip to the beach last weekend. Fourth of July traffic on the east coast is mighty nasty. Read more
To create steam in your oven, the recipe usually calls for placing a shallow pan of water on the bottom rack. Next time, skip the shallow pan and fill a muffin tin with water. It’s much easier to take in and out of the oven without burning yourself or spilling water everywhere.
When life gives you lemons, you squeeze them and make something good.
I have a list of recipes to work on and post for the remainder of the summer. I’ve never had a list like this before. Planning ahead is totally unlike me, but my brain capacity seems to be diminishing by the day. And ideas come to me as quickly as they fade. Lemonade was not on the list for this summer. Until last week, when we found a pile of lemons on our doorstep. Read more
52 tips makes a whole year of tip sharing. I think that calls for a celebration. I started it on a whim after sharing tips periodically on my Facebook page, and it soon became a weekly staple on this site. It’s made me pay attention to what I do in the kitchen as well as search for easier ways to do things. The less fuss the better, right? And when I was tip-less, many of you contributed your kitchen genius. Thank you.
This little series will continue, but first it’s time to celebrate with a giveaway of some of my favorite products that make working in the kitchen easier and, let’s be honest, prettier. Many, many thanks to the great companies listed below that made this giveaway possible. Read more
I am an herb killer. I’ve followed tips here and there without much luck. I don’t have an outdoor space to grow herbs, and my indoor herbs are far from thriving. Even the herbs I buy from the store seem to have a 2-day lifespan leaving me completely defeated. After digging some more, I came across Simply Recipe’s tip. Cut the stems of the fresh herbs as you would flowers. Place in a glass with about 3/4″ water. This is key—cover with a bag (I use the leftover bag I bought the herbs in) and place in the fridge, changing the water every couple of days. Talk about thriving—my cilantro and mint has never been happier. Side note—the fresh basil stayed on the counter, bag-less and is quite happy. How do you save your fresh herbs.
There was a time when I liked my ice cream an unnatural shade of green, served in a cardboard container, purchased from the freezer isle of the grocery store. There was also a time I preferred neon orange macaroni made out of a blue box. Read more
For a good while, all my homemade ice cream was becoming pretty icy after a couple days in the freezer. It wasn’t until I happened to switch from using a glass storage container to a thicker plastic container that the icing stopped. I’ve been using my plastic icy-free container ever since. I’m sure there’s a science behind this, but my theory—the glass froze to a colder temperature more quickly than the ice cream, creating the imbalance. How do you store your homemade ice cream?
In high school I worked at Smoothie King. I also worked at Hallmark, which when asked where I worked, was always confused with Walmart. But that’s a story for another day. I’d drive to work early in the morning, in my ’98 dark green boxy Jetta, windows down, singing to Pink at the top of my lungs. Singing lyrics that were far too raw for my fairly happy upbringing, minus the typical high school breakups, that left me moodier than PMS, and my mom’s, thankfully, short stint with breast cancer. I lived in a self-constructed utopian bubble. It was pretty, false, yet oh so happy. Read more