Category Archives: baking with kids

Three Decadent Cookie Recipes

Three Decadent Cookie Recipes

ShareTweet When Bella and Jack were small, Little Bear was their favorite TV show. That bear must have given Jack his wanderlust that now make Steve and I track him down all over town as the sun sets. The show’s draw for Bella must have been Little Bear’s mom and her constant baking. She alwaysContinue Reading

Mardi Gras Crepes: a Reluctant Celebration

Mardi Gras Crepes: a Reluctant Celebration

ShareTweet The last few weeks have been huddle tight and lick your wounds kind of weeks, filled with mornings when the urge to linger in bed, with the blankets piled over my head, is overwhelming. My dad has been in and out of the ICU for the last two years after a double lung transplant. HisContinue Reading

Individual Souffles for a World Class Dining Experience at Home

Individual Souffles for a World Class Dining Experience at Home

ShareTweet I rarely pass up dessert when I’m going out to eat. It’s that final moment of the evening’s experience, the sweetness that lingers on your tongue as you go back out into the night. The meal would not be complete without it. Most desserts at higher end restaurants are gorgeous, almost too pretty toContinue Reading

No Bake Oreo Truffles and a Hamilton Beach Food Processor Giveaway

No Bake Oreo Truffles and a Hamilton Beach Food Processor Giveaway

ShareTweet Baking cookies is my favorite part of the holiday madness. I have files and file of favorite cookie recipes, from chocolate swirl meringues to candied bacon chocolate chip cookies, but my favorite cookie recipe doesn’t involve an oven. These No Bake Oreo Truffles are the definition of decadence, and you only need a microwave andContinue Reading

Gruyere Popovers Recipe and a Review of the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo

Gruyere Popovers Recipe and a Review of the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo

ShareTweet This summer I headed to the Beef Belt in Texas to learn about cattle ranching. I was a guest of the Beef Checkoff, along with a dozen or so other bloggers and media personalities. The majority of these bloggers were from a niche I hadn’t encountered before on press trips: they were all nutritionists.Continue Reading

Individual Handheld Pie Recipes

ShareTweet Since we moved to the Midwest, five years ago, Thanksgiving stopped being a cooking holiday for me. Instead of pie crusts and sweet potatoes, my days preceding Thanksgiving are filled with suitcases and laundry. When we first moved away, I tried lugging some sweets through the airport, but they always suffered. Now I justContinue Reading

Brown Butter Vanilla Coconut Pound Cake

Brown Butter Vanilla Coconut Pound Cake

ShareTweet We’ve been back from Hawaii for a week. Eight days and nine long nights of endless jet lag bed hopping. Hawaii is paradise, but the jet lag is hell. It took back to school boot camp to rehabilitate the kids, and not a minute too soon. After spending Saturday night laying at the foot ofContinue Reading

How to Take the Stress Out of Making Videos

How to Take the Stress Out of Making Videos

ShareTweet Creating videos used to be an activity I hated. Whether I wanted a video for my blog, to enter cooking contests like the Ben’s Beginners’ Cooking Contest, or to help my kids with school projects didn’t make a difference. Making videos was daunting and stressful, until I learned one simple rule: You don’t needContinue Reading

Milk Chocolate Lava Cakes and Dreams of Hawaii

Milk Chocolate Lava Cakes and Dreams of Hawaii

ShareTweet We’re headed to Hawaii for our big family vacation in August and I have lava on the brain. My night stand is piled high with Hawaiian travel guides and while my kids are excited to surf, seeing the volcanos in Volcano National Park is at the top of my list. As I plan andContinue Reading

a Few Recipes to Celebrate Bastille Day

a Few Recipes to Celebrate Bastille Day

ShareTweet When I was a little girl, the Bastille Day fireworks were so close to my birthday that I always thought they were in my honor. Three years ago, we were in Paris on Bastille Day, feet dangling over the Seine near the Ile de la Cite, fireworks exploding high above our heads. Tonight ParisContinue Reading

Cherry Clafoutis: a Summer Treat for Breakfast or Dessert

Cherry Clafoutis: a Summer Treat for Breakfast or Dessert

ShareTweet I don’t think I fully appreciated cherries until I moved to Chicago. Cherries always looked more fun than they tasted until I moved here. Now I count the days until Michigan starts delivering its cherries to our farmer’s market: sour, rainier and deep crimson. Each type of cherry has its charms and each demands attention.Continue Reading

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

ShareTweet Vegetable side dishes are rarely the star of the show, but my carrot souffle is the exception. This sweet and fluffy casserole is like eating dessert with dinner. If I didn’t make it for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Passover, there might be a riot involving both kids and adults at the table. Like all greatContinue Reading

Summertime Lunches: La Brea Bakery #BreakingBread Tour

Summertime Lunches: La Brea Bakery #BreakingBread Tour

ShareTweet When the school year begins, school lunches are always a hot topic. Healthy school lunches. Fun school lunches. Easy school lunches. From bento boxes to regular paper bags, at back to school time everyone is looking for new ideas. But in many ways, the school lunch is infinitely easier than the summer lunch. OnContinue Reading

Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer Giveaway

ShareTweet I promised you another Hamilton Beach giveaway, for a 6-Speed Stand Mixer, and I’m here to deliver, delayed a few days by a very hectic weekend. The Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand Mixer would be a great addition to a start up kitchen cooking small batches. It retails for $129.99. a Rafflecopter giveaway UPDATE –Continue Reading

Chocolate Meringue Cookies and a Hamilton Beach Giveaway

Chocolate Meringue Cookies and a Hamilton Beach Giveaway

ShareTweet Some kitchen appliances get no glory. In my case, the least appreciated appliance in my kitchen closet is my hand mixer. Until recently, mine dated back to my college days. To put things into perspective and make a painful confession, next spring will be my 20 year reunion. High time for a hand mixerContinue Reading

Le Pain Quotidien Hits Chicago #LPQCHI

Le Pain Quotidien Hits Chicago #LPQCHI

ShareTweet One of my favorite casual places to go to brunch when I lived in New York City was Le Pain Quotidien. I’d spend hours at their rustic farm tables, dipping butter tartines in steaming bowls of cafe au lait and perfectly cooked soft boiled eggs. A morning at Le Pain Quotidien on Columbus Avenue would transport meContinue Reading

Homemade Bread Machine Pretzel Rolls

Homemade Bread Machine Pretzel Rolls

ShareTweet What are the little items you splurge on at Whole Foods or Trader Joes? The things you throw in your cart that you absolutely didn’t need? For us, it’s soft pretzel rolls. If my kids spot their beautiful dark brown crust, forget it. The rolls have to come home with us. There’s something about the saltyContinue Reading

Dauntless Chocolate Cake

Dauntless Chocolate Cake

ShareTweet For the last year or so, Bella and I have been in an informal book club, passing books back and forth, sitting down on a Friday night to watch the movie. For me, it’s a great excuse to read some really fun young adult novels. For her, it’s a chance to be welcomed toContinue Reading

Strawberry Souffles: a Very Pink Valentine’s Dessert

Strawberry Souffles: a Very Pink Valentine’s Dessert

ShareTweet How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Will you brave the crowds and the cutesy expensive menus? Or will you snuggle at home? If you’re staying in, I have a great dessert suggestion for you: Strawberry Souffles. For years now, we’ve gone dark and light with a chocolate souffle. But this year, we’re going pink.Continue Reading