What are kitchen essentials? People have been quite successful making food in the past centuries with little more than a pot, spoon, bowl, knife and cutting surface. Years ago, I started a guide for college students but I've expanded it to a list for anyone who is outfitting a … [Read more...] about How to Outfit a Kitchen on a Budget or 14 Kitchen Essentials Every Cook Needs
It’s hard to beat the guilty pleasure of instant ramen. It's inexpensive and endlessly versatile, but as sold it's just empty carbs and a ton of sodium. So how to make ramen healthier? Here's my strategy. For those purists who will balk at this version and say, “Hey, that’s not … [Read more...] about How to Make Ramen Healthier
I have one word to sum up 2020 and 2021 - Kuchisabishii. It's Japanese for "eating when you’re not hungry but you eat because your mouth is lonely." My mouth got so lonely so often that I gained 20 pounds of pandemic weight. Is there a word for cooking when your heart is … [Read more...] about What’s Your Resolution for 2022?
Gently warmed and slathered with butter, this cranberry bread tastes like Christmas morning to me. The flavor is sweet yet tart, and the look beautiful thanks to the cranberries studded throughout. My mother makes this cranberry bread pretty much every Christmas. The idea is … [Read more...] about Recipe: Mom’s Cranberry Bread
There's a reason why I love peppermint bark that begins with a confession: I don't like chocolate. I don't loathe it, I just don't love it. This news always takes people by surprise. Somehow by the mere fact of my gender, it's assumed that I must immediately be in love with all … [Read more...] about Recipe: Easy Peppermint Bark