Nigella Lawson’s chocolate chocolate chip muffins

You all know how much I love muffins and I wanted to make some for breakfast for my family. I’ve made all sorts of muffins, mostly exchanging less healthy ingredients or amounts to something healthier – but for these I made them just as the recipe intended. I used to not be such a huge…

Mark’s Deluxe Lunch

I think the biggest benefit of me cooking all these years and my kids being in the kitchen with me is that I am teaching them such a great life skill. I know lots of people who don’t cook at all and have to rely on packaged meals, cans, and take out to survive. Since…

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

So last night I was checking e-mail and realized that I had volunteered to make something for the Teacher Appreciation Dinner at my son Mark’s middle school. Anytime there is a request to make food for something I ALWAYS volunteer. Luckily I had a reminder, although last minute. It was 8:00 p.m. and I was…

What was the first dinner you ever made by yourself??

Recently, My middle child Mark has taken a real interest in cooking more. He’s 13 and a wonderfully caring, and fantastic young man. 🙂 He is in 8th grade and one class he is taking this quarter is Family & Consumer Science – or what we used to call Home Economics. He’s made crepes, home…

Cast iron skillet potatoes

I am lucky to have a really well seasoned cast iron skillet. I don’t use it nearly enough as I could have, but the one thing I love about it is that you can start cooking something on the stove (brown some chicken for instance) throw some veggies in there and just pop it in…

No More

And when I say no More, I mean no “MORE” cupcakes. For those of you not familiar with these cupcakes, they hail from Chicago, and are very fancy and deluxe! On Monday of this week, I decided to try to make a pact with myself not to eat any food at work that I didn’t…

Homemade soft pretzels, start to finish less than 1 hour!

Over the summer I collected over 50 cooking magazines from a Mom in my area looking to de-clutter – I was happy to take Cooking Light, Rachel Ray, Bon Appetit, etc… Looking through the magazines the other day I was reading a 2009 October Rachel Ray Magazine and found a recipe for these pretzels. After…