Category: Recipes

A Tale of Two Tarts

I mentioned recently that I have been acquiring kitchen gadgets at an alarming rate and I wanted to share a story about one of them – my new tart pan. I’ve been making “tarts” for years, but really, they were just tart crusts in a pie pan.  They tasted different than a plain ‘ol pie,

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I Heart Pub Food

So while I appreciate fine food and exotic ingredients, at the core my tastes are pretty pedestrian.  In the past, anytime someone has asked me what type of food was my favorite, I was embarrassed to answer, “pub food.”  But really, it’s just comfort food and is there anything better than a good burger, homemade

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“Heather, Please Pack Your Knives and Go”

I’m a die-hard Top Chef fan.  I hinted at my obsession a few months ago, but we do take it pretty seriously around here.  In fact, the other night Madison asked me if I could sit with her while she got ready for bed but after taking one look at the TV, decided to ask

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What I’m Cooking Now – Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a funny thing.  I never minded it as a kid (and Madison doesn’t either) but I have had plenty of kids at my dinner table turn the stuff down.  I know, it’s kinda stinky, looks weird (sometimes all I can think of when I look at it is a boxers’ cauliflower ear.  Gross!) 

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Dad Cooks (sorta)

Obviously, I talk a lot about the food I cook for Madison and her reactions to our meals, but I think it’s important for a space devoted to family meals and cooking for kids to give some history of the person doing the cooking.  I mean, I wasn’t just conjured out of thin air with

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A Tale of Two Meatloaves

Boy has my cooking come a long way…… Just recently Madison discovered one of my very first cookbooks – Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Cookbook.  Last week as I was working in the kitchen and she was lying on floor flipping through cookbooks – a girl after my own heart – she announced that she would

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Last Holiday post, I promise!

Yes, I know the holidays are over, but I received an email a few weeks ago from a friend who is always baking with her kids and posting the pictures on Facebook.  (Love it!)  Anyway, I asked her to send pictures and maybe a little story about her Christmas baking and guess what?  She sent

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Morning

Even though Christmas Eve dinner was lackluster, by Christmas morning, I was back on track. Over the years the composition of my Christmas morning menu has changed according to taste and adapted according to schedule.  I used to make a killer raspberry coffee cake – until I lost the recipe.  In fact, just the other

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Beverages

I recently took part in one of those email recipe exchanges, you know, the ones where you send one of your favorite recipes, (“the best ones are those you can recite by memory”) to 20 people in your address book.  Then, theoretically, you sit back and wait for 256 recipes (or something like that) to

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12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Sweets

Whenever I fantasize about becoming the next Top Chef, (“Heather has no classical training or real kitchen experience aside from four semesters in the university dining hall, but by watching a lifetime’s worth of cooking shows she’s managed to become one of the most foremost experts on cooking for her niece,) I’m grounded by the

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