Bread. Yum. Bread seems to be on the outs with the food and nutrition world at the moment, and it is something my body really does better with in small quantities. However, fresh homemade bread – man is it good. Wintertime is a great time to bake and complement your stews, roasts, and soups …

I’ve been thinking of some truly awful metaphors to start this, my final contribution to the CG column, such as: It’s time to hang up my whisk, one last spin of the blender, the final dice. (This is me, pausing a moment to wait for the collective groan to subside. I really think I have a mut…

Summer is here at last! Everyone seems to kick into high gear with gardening and baseball and camping and fishing – when the midnight sun is shining, we just have to be out in it. After all, we earned some play time just for getting through last winter, right? Right! Today’s collection of re…

I am not sure I got the memo, did you? The one where "Household Hints" or "Kitchen Tips" are now known as "Hacks"? There seems to be a mountain of these things hitting my email lately – not that I'm complaining. Well, maybe I AM complaining, because I am always enthralled when I read these a…

Anyone who knows my family is well aware of the fact that we like food. In everything we do every day, we factor in food. Okay, so that’s pretty much normal with anyone. The wildly different variations of sustenance that decorates our lives tend to keep things interesting at times. As a fami…

I’ve been thinking of some truly awful metaphors to start this, my final contribution to the CG column, such as: It’s time to hang up my whisk, one last spin of the blender, the final dice. (This is me, pausing a moment to wait for the collective groan to subside. I really think I have a mut…

Summer is here at last! Everyone seems to kick into high gear with gardening and baseball and camping and fishing – when the midnight sun is shining, we just have to be out in it. After all, we earned some play time just for getting through last winter, right? Right! Today’s collection of re…

I am not sure I got the memo, did you? The one where "Household Hints" or "Kitchen Tips" are now known as "Hacks"? There seems to be a mountain of these things hitting my email lately – not that I'm complaining. Well, maybe I AM complaining, because I am always enthralled when I read these a…

Anyone who knows my family is well aware of the fact that we like food. In everything we do every day, we factor in food. Okay, so that’s pretty much normal with anyone. The wildly different variations of sustenance that decorates our lives tend to keep things interesting at times. As a fami…

We're just coming off Easter weekend, and I'm willing to bet lots of CG readers are dealing with the Ham Fatigue. You know what I mean. The big ham dinner on Easter includes all the trimmings and is just lovely. Cooks and power eaters are tickled that we can microwave leftovers for a day or …

We’re all looking toward Spring, and I can already hear those homegrown tomatoes and carrots and other good things calling my name – even though we have to wait a few months to enjoy them. We’re just now getting back our daylight and coming out of “hot and hearty” season – stews, casseroles,…

It took me several years to accept the truth that if I don’t follow a recipe, my soups are … well … lacking in flavor and palpability. I can wing a good chili and do a few tweaks here and there, but anything more than that, not so much. I also have the hurdle of a family full of soup skeptic…

Ready, set, grill! Is anything better than something cooked over charcoal or slow roasted over a low gas flame? From salmon to burgers to hot dogs to brisket, there are about a million things you can grill with very little experience or effort – it’s what goes along side the proteins that ca…