Q&A Tuesday: Do you buy organic?

This topic has been on my mind with our second book for the book club, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, headed our way in a few weeks.  I’d love to hear your thoughts, particularly because most of you are not only the home managers of your family, but also because most of you make the everyday purchasing (read more…)

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How to cook up a winning Oscar party

Photo by Nick Plowman. The Oscars are a great excuse to bring your movie buff friends together, enjoy some simple food, and beat those February blahs.  Perhaps you’re toying with the idea of hosting a party to watch the Academy Awards. You’ve got the TV in place, you’re a huge Kate Winslet fan, and the (read more…)

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18 everyday hacks for cooking from scratch

Photo by 16th letter This post was originally published on July 10, 2008. As I wrote earlier, cooking from scratch has so many benefits. It’s healthier and cheaper than prepackaged food-in-a-box, and cooking provides a shared skill you can enjoy with your family. Once it becomes a lifestyle choice, your menu planning will become much (read more…)

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Celebrate simply from your kitchen

Photo by Endless Beauty T’is the season to spend most of your time in the kitchen, right?  Perhaps if you’re hosting a grand holiday fête, or maybe you have three times as many house guests as family members.  But more than likely, no one is truly expecting you to pull off a magazine cover-worthy spread (read more…)

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Tis the season to cook, bake, and brine

Photo by Brian Chan One of the biggest cooking days of the year is just around the corner. What are you making? Last year, my husband and I were in charge of the turkey – daunting to say the least. Before this, I had always safely brought a pie, or a veggie, or heck, the (read more…)

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