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Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day With Shepherd’s Hand Pies

Shepherd’s pie: It’s serious comfort food. Thick, flavorful sauce, gamey lamb, bits of vegetables – it’s everything you want in a hearty Irish meal. However, it’s not exactly appetizer- or party-friendly. So how do you enjoy it on St. Patrick’s Day, when it’s practically required to have a beer (green or not) in one hand […]

Make Your Own Bourbon Peach Butter

Eating a ripe, juicy peach is one of summer’s best gifts. (Thanks, summer!) But — and I hate to be the one to bring this up — these little balls of edible sunshine aren’t going to be around forever. Savor delicious summer peaches on a dreary winter day (or next week, at least) by making […]

The Best 3-Ingredient Tomato Sauce

I’m what you’d call a tomato purist. Yep, you know the type: picking tomatoes off salads three quarters of the year, throwing expletives when restaurants dare use mealy, tomatoes in the summer, then eating my weight in caprese salads and tomato tarts and roasted tomatoes and BLTs (heavy on the Ts) all August long. And […]

Easter Egg Decorating 101

Other than the Easter feast, decorating eggs with my sister each year is one of my favorite things about this springtime holiday. Sure, some might say we’re “too old,” but I say we’re just perfecting our craft.  If you’re new to it, here are the basics, plus some ways to get creative.

Peep-Tacular Easter Desserts

It’s Peep season! I can’t say I’m usually a fan of these pure-sugar Easter staples, but they’re so darn cute I always end up with a box or six. This year, instead of waiting till they take on ceramic-like qualities, I’m determined to actually consume them. So how do you make these adorable, sugar-coated fluffballs […]

Spring Clean Your Pantry

Oh, winter, with your gray days, cold temps and snow drifts. I may wax poetic for picture-perfect snow storms when the oppressive August heat arrives, but right now I’m so ready to move on to warmer and greener things. My pantry, however, is still stuck in depths-of-winter mode. Is yours still prepped for the next ice storm? This week, […]

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: Drink Like You’re Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This year, skip the green beer (go for green cupcakes instead!) in favor of a real Irish drink. You’ll forget all about emerald-hued light beer when you taste this traditional Irish coffee. Here’s how to make it, plus recipes for cocktails featuring Irish whiskey, Guinness, Irish cream and more.

Cue the Popcorn!

Sure, you can make fancy-schmancy Mark Zucker-burgers, “True Cheese Grits” and White and Black Swan Pasta all day long, but really, what are the Oscars without popcorn? Skip the bagged stuff — making your own is tastier and simpler.

Craving: More Pie!

Some say this is the year of the pie. While I’m all for the advancement of my all-time favorite dessert (yes, I love it more than all things chocolate), I’m with Brooklyn’s Baked bakery co-owner Matt Lewis, who summed it up like this: Let’s talk about pie less and eat it more.

DIY Pretzels: Steelers Vs. Packers

As a major food person and a seriously minor football fan, I get a bit more excited about the, er, touchdowns on the buffet table than I do about the ones on the field. So I can’t offer any insight on which team will come away victorious, but I do know this: Salty-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside pretzels are […]

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