Not-Your-Mama’s Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Here's another awesome recipe from our resident cooking enthusiast, Emily Steadman. I've personally tasted this recipe... SO. GOOD. Enjoy! -KB Ahh Spring… the flowers are blooming… the birds are singing…. my car is frozen shut—Wait.. What?! Oh that’s right, I live in New England… the arctic tundra that refuses to acknowledge the vernal equinox. It is April. And this week my daughter slipped and fell on a sheet of ice walking to the car… aforementioned car was frozen shut and I had to … [Read more...]

Five Easy Recipes for “Make Your Own Dinner” Nights

Easy Dinner Recipes

We have all been there - you plan as well as you can, search for recipes, go grocery shopping, make dinner - and your child refuses to eat.  You then have to make the decision whether to stand your ground and make him eat what you’ve made, or avoid the whining and make that box of macaroni and cheese.   Ideally, your child would realize that perfectly balanced recipe you’ve spent time preparing is both nutritious and delicious, but in the real world, this is rarely the case.   The five … [Read more...]

Kid’s Culinary World Tour: Maine Clam Chowder and Whoopie Pies

Kid's Culinary World Tour: Maine Clam Chowder and Whoopie Pies

OK, folks, I’m not even going to try to pretend I’m not slightly biased about the awesomeness of this next culinary adventure. Having lived in Maine through high school and college (go Black Bears!), I’ve developed a special fondness for Vacation Land. Anyone who’s lived in Maine at one time or another can attest to the motto being 100% true. It really IS “The Way Life Should Be!” It’s beautiful, the folks are as friendly as can be and holy crap the food is delicious! So I admit to nudging … [Read more...]

Kid’s Culinary World Tour: Louisiana Beignets & Jambalaya

Kid's Culinary World Tour: Louisiana Beignets & Jambalaya

After our recent “trip” to New York to make New York style bagels, we decided to switch it up a bit and head on down to the bayou! One of Madison’s favorite Disney movies is “The Princess and the Frog,” which takes place in New Orleans. So it was the perfect accompaniment to our culinary trip to Louisiana! We decided to make that one classic New Orleans dish: Beignets! I’ve never had a beignet, so I really had no idea what they were supposed to taste like, and I’m certain that nothing compares … [Read more...]

Kid’s Culinary World Tour: New York Style Bagels

Kid's Culinary World Tour: New York Style Bagels

Day one of our Culinary World Tour was such a success, the very next day my daughter, Madison, came to me, Food Passport Journal in one hand and apron in the other! She had so much fun learning about Tennessee that she wanted to pick a new place to learn about! We decided on New York and found ourselves a recipe for New York style bagels! This time, we made a grocery list for the recipe and Madison joined me at the store to pick out ingredients – a great little way to sneak some math and reading … [Read more...]

Kid’s Culinary World Tour: Tennessee Tea Cakes

Kid's Culinary World Tour: Tennessee Tea Cakes

Say hello to my sister Emily! When she told me about the Culinary World Tour project she was doing with my niece, Madison, I thought it was about the coolest thing ever! Emily is a super busy, working, single mom (getting married next January!), so if she can cook these recipes, so can you! First stop, Tennessee Tea Cakes. YUM! I am a cooking fanatic. I love to experiment with different food styles in the kitchen, often resulting in a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, a mess of … [Read more...]

ReadySetEat – Chicken Burrito Skillet

ReadySetEat | Chicken Burrito Skillet | Easy Dinner Recipe

You know I've been pushing quick and easy recipes lately (did you visit our never-ending link up?!) in an effort to improve the meal situation at my house after a long day of work and two starving and exceptionally grumpy twin boys. So when friend and fellow working mom, Samantha, from ReadySetEat offered to share an awesomely tasty chicken burrito skillet recipe with us to give working moms another option in their menu arsenal, I answered with a resounding "YES!!!!" This chicken burrito skillet … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Recipes for Working Moms

Quick and Easy Recipes for the Working Mom | Never-Ending Link Up

If there is one thing I am always on the hunt for, it's quick and easy recipes. With growing toddler twin boys eating me out of house and home, I'm constantly fighting the grumpy munchies when we get home from work. Dinner needed to be on the table...like five minutes ago. Finding the right quick and easy recipes has been a bit of a challenge. There's no shortage of recipes on Pinterest, but I find myself quickly overwhelmed and click happy, leaving me with hundreds of options spread across 15 … [Read more...]

Caprese Tortellini Salad

Caprese Tortellini Salad | Easy, Healthy Recipes

There are two things I'm really into these days - easy, healthy recipes and giving back to my community. I know, those two don't seem very related, but stick with me. When I got an email from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond asking me to help promote their holiday season Southern Living cookbook in partnership with Dillards, I immediately answered yes and married together these two passions of mine. As I flipped through the amazing recipes in the book, I quickly settled on the … [Read more...]

Cruciferous Lover’s Delight Juicing Recipe: Somer Cooks

Cruciferous Lover's Delight | Healthy Juicing Recipe | Somer Cook

Get your mind out of the gutter! This is not a recipe for adding a little spice to your love life. No Fifty Shades here...Admittedly, I had to look up the word "cruciferous" when Somer sent me this recipe. Apparently, it means vegetable. That's right, veggies. No blaspheming, no dirty talk, no love potion. This is a recipe for healthy people who love their vegetables. Which is probably why I didn't know what this word meant. Moving along...here's a quickie (ahhh!!!!) from Somer for a … [Read more...]