Here’s a time-strapped mom of three’s quick tips for throwing together a mermaid-themed party for pre-schoolers: 1) Keep the guest list small. I personally prefer to bowl over a handful of kids rather than push […]
This is the sort of madly moist, easy-to-make chocolate cake recipe that gets passed down generations. I first discovered it when I made this elaborate multi-component dessert aeons ago. I was blown away by the […]
These moist, fudgy one-bowl chocolate brownie mini cupcakes are downright irresistible. I’m sharing this recipe because it’s so simple that I can get away with baking these late into the night, with a weary, addled […]
A couple of weeks ago I received an email that excited and intrigued me. The marketing folks promoting Philadelphia Cream Cheese reached out and asked if I would be willing to create a fun, easy […]
I love how deeply chocolatey these two-bite wholewheat cookies are. When you bake them very briefly (exactly 7 min in my oven), they develop a crisp exterior but remain soft and chewy in the middle. […]
We know that Halloween is nearly upon us, but we’re sharing many of the Halloween ideas for pre-schoolers that we’re using for our party this year here just in case you’re still planning yours. The […]
When I was growing up in North Carolina there were a great many Christmas traditions – a lot of them involving the Moravian traditions of some of the early settlers of North Carolina. The Moravians were among the first Protestants who fled Europe to America in search of religious freedom from Eastern Europe. Because they were in North Carolina for so long, even if, like me, you are not religious or from a Eastern European heritage, Moravian Christmas traditions and foods have been synonymous with central North Carolina Christmas tradition and foods. And so for me, a nostalgic taste and scent memory of childhood Christmas is Moravian-inspired molasses cookies that my mother used to make.
My 5-year old son tried coleslaw for the first time the other day, and he absolutely loved it! I seriously don’t know what took me so long. He generally loves crunchy vegetables, and enjoys dipping cucumber and raw carrot sticks in Japanese goma dressing or Korean bean paste, arugula in vinegrette and chomping on the cold iceberg lettuce cups in Chinese restaurants that are served with steamed ginger chicken. As any mother would be, I’m thrilled by his enthusiasm about raw cabbage and carrots! But instead of drenching the vegetables in store-bought dressing, I tried my hand at making my own, and am happy to report that the slaw was a roaring success.
If there ever was a brownie recipe showdown, this is going to be the one to give all the other recipes out there a run for their money. Dark, rich, moist and fudgey, this classic brownie is a killer on its own. But with oozy salted caramel and flecks of crunchy sea salt over top, it is simply out-of-this-world.
I try to eat clean and green most days. But there are times when even my steely resolve can’t trump the incessant, nagging craving for a big, decadent, juicy burger (one of my favourite foods). Since I don’t indulge in burgers that often anymore, it has to be a darn good one when I finally get down to it. The Privé Group has a burger joint, Roadhouse, one minute from my kids’ school. This is a blessing, for almost instant gratification when I need a hit, and a curse for my waistline. I have eaten there four times in total. Thrice in the last ten days. This can only mean one thing- Roadhouse serves really amazing burgers.