Friday, November 22, 2013

Sweet Potato Casserole

It's rare that a Thanksgiving table doesn't have some variation of a sweet potato casserole on it. In this version, creamy sweet potatoes are drizzled with maple syrup and apple cider and then baked with a buttery and crunchy pecan streusel topping for an extra-special holiday side. You could also always throw a few mini marshmallows on top for good measure.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Streusel Topping

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Stew—A One-Pot Wonder

Veal Stew with Egg Noodles
Stew is really a one-pot wonder: simple to make, satisfying, inexpensive, and it practically cooks itself. I can also go beyond those amazing attributes and add that it's hearty, nourishing, and the perfect antidote to a chilly night. So what's the best stew to make? There certainly are a lot of recipes to choose from, but here are a few of my favorites:

Classic Beef Stew
Easy Veal Stew

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gumbo Ya Ya

There are a lot of gumbos out there, and although their ingredients may vary wildly (shrimp, sausage, okra, tomatoes, crab, filĂ© - or not), this stew is always flavorful and hearty.  I did not grow up in Louisiana, but have enjoyed many bowls of this legendary dish on visits there. And one thing I've come to learn is that although the variations are endless, you don't have to live in New Orleans to master it. So along with my recipe for Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo, I've also included step-by-step photos with instructions. Enjoy!

Friday, March 8, 2013

A great-tasting muffin awaits. . .

Quick to make and delightful as ever, these Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins will disappear from your kitchen counter almost as quickly as you can put them there. Soaking the oats in the milk before using them in the batter makes these muffins especially moist and tender. This favorite recipe also doubles easily to feed a crowd.

Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins