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Easy-to-Bake Bread

If you’re looking for a homemade bread recipe that doesn’t require muscle power, look no further than “no knead” bread. Make bread at home easy and surprise your family with yummy fresh-baked loaves.
Make bread from scratch using no-knead recipes
A mistake in measuring or baking time with regular bread recipes can end in wasted ingredients and time. But you don’t have to shy away from making homemade bread recipes because you fear failure. No-knead recipes are minimalist in their technique,… See More

Light Easter Meals

Moms do a balancing act on Easter between holiday traditions and planning an Easter menu for dinner. This year, consider a few light Easter dinner recipes for a change. Broaden your family’s culinary experience with healthy Easter dinner dishes.
Make a healthy Easter dinner
If the weather cooperates, why not heat up your grill instead of your oven? You can task another family member with grilling duties while you put the finishing touches on the rest of your light Easter dinner recipes.
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Summer Vegetable Garden

On California’s central coast, it’s prime time for planting my summer vegetable and herb garden.  After a few years, I’ve settled into some favorites for my garden, although I always throw something new into the mix just for fun.

I always plant lots of Genovese basil. I just can’t get enough. Fresh basil is delicious in pasta, salads and sandwiches. I make pesto by the quart and freeze it for later use. I put pesto in soups, dips and dressings – or use it as a spread for sandwiches.

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Getting the Grill Ready for Spring

The birds are singing and buds are beginning to bloom. Spring is officially here, and with it comes the start of grilling season. Whether you’re an all-weather griller or your grill has been on standby since summer, spring is the perfect time for a good deep-cleaning and some essential seasonal grill maintenance. Follow these tips for how to clean your grill and get it ready for that inaugural spring BBQ.
Heating things up
To burn off the leftover gunk from grill-outs gone by, crank up the heat… See More

Farmers Market Tips

Spring is the time of year when nature’s bounty begins to shine again.  It’s not that I don’t appreciate winter fruits and vegetables. It’s just that spring holds so much promise! With warm days, cold days, rainy days and mud season – spring offers the variety that winter often lacks, in more ways than one.  With a few simple guidelines in mind, it’s fun and easy to cook with this season’s harvest.

A variety of greens come to market in spring including arugula, spinach, sorrel… See More

Brunch Ideas

I hear the word “brunch” and I think of long weekend mornings, stretching into afternoon, with friends and family – what’s not to love about that?  By definition, brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch, allowing us free range to prepare sweet and savory items, side by side, for enjoyment at one meal.  As always, it helps to plan ahead, so the morning remains relaxed even for you, the host.  There are a variety of things that can be prepared ahead of time – batters, whole grains,… See More

Fresh Herbs

It doesn’t take much to add color, flavor and dimension to everyday meals using fresh herbs. Fresh herbs are the tender leaves of aromatic plants and they can transform any dish from simple to spectacular.

Use your senses to select fresh herbs at their seasonal peak. Look for bunches with green, healthy leaves and stems. Avoid herbs that are browned, wilted, or have slime on their leaves or stems. In addition to looking clean and fresh, herbs should smell clean and fresh. Yes, you should… See More

Cooking with Noodles

Noodles are typically made from flour, water and salt.  Mostly Italian, Chinese or Japanese in origin, some noodles include eggs instead of water, while others are made with gluten-free flours such as rice or buckwheat.  (Yes, despite its name, buckwheat is a gluten-free whole grain).  Some noodles are flavored with vegetables such as spinach, asparagus or roasted red peppers, which also makes them colorful.  Thick, thin, round, flat – the options are endless, as are the possibilities for using… See More

Homemade Baby Food

Before we get started, you should know, I don’t have a baby.  Yet, as a cook, I get asked a lot about making baby food at home.  In addition to saving money, the benefits of making your own baby food are many including guaranteed freshness and complete control over ingredients.  Work with your pediatrician to determine the best timing and an overall approach for introducing baby to solid foods (for example, introduce one new food every week to control for food allergies).  Once you’ve got… See More

Cooking with Whole Grains

Whole grains are an important source of complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.  The Whole Grains Council ( defines “whole grains or foods made from them [as those that] contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed in their original proportions. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked), the food product should deliver the same rich balance of nutrients… See More

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