Halloween is almost here—can you guess which candy is at the top of everyone’s minds (or at least their Internet searches)? According to Yahoo!, the most-searched Halloween candy this month is M&M’s. Candy corn, chewy caramels, and Skittles are also popular searches. But what was your favorite Halloween candy when you were a kid? I remember coming home from trick-or-treating […]
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I recently received a copy of Emily Post’s Etiquette, a newly updated 18th edition (wow!), which will go on sale October 18. As I flipped through this tome, I realized that I had actually never browsed through a copy before. It’s been seven years since the last update, and I wondered what it said about today’s dining etiquette—eating in restaurants, […]
Looking for some bake sale inspiration or just feeling nostalgic for sweet treats from your childhood? Gretchen Holt-Witt’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook is here, just in time for all those back-to-school sugar bonanzas. When I was little, I was a sucker for anything involving cheesecake. So I was always willing to plunk down a few quarters […]
Quinoa is the latest superfood trend that everyone’s buzzing about. And no wonder—this magical seed is a complete protein (it has all nine essential amino acids), cooks up quickly like a grain (it takes about 15 minutes), and is gluten-free, too. Plus, it’s easy to dress up in all kinds of ways for delicious, healthy side dishes. Quinoa is starting […]
Today is National Junk Food Day, and according to Yahoo!, a lot of you are searching for things like Pringles, M&Ms, Twinkies, and Oreos—all delicious, and all totally unhealthy. But apparently, today’s the day to indulge in your favorite fatty, high-calorie, bad-for-you foods. Merriam-Webster defines “junk food” as “food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content,” which […]
There’s nothing that says “summer” to me more than a backyard barbecue—I absolutely love them. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have any outdoor space, so I have to rely on the few people I know who actually do have access to a grill—usually on a rooftop, very occasionally in a yard. So when a friend recently invited me to a […]
This Friday, June 3, is National Donut Day—another holiday apparently invented to give us an excuse to binge on our favorite bad-for-you treats. But actually, National Donut Day—celebrated on the first Friday in June–was created in 1938 as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army to commemorate women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Sweet, no?
Dunkin’ Donuts is getting in on the action by offering customers a free donut of their choice with the purchase of a beverage on Friday. You can also score a free donut at Krispy Kreme this Friday, as well as at other local donut shops across the country—check your favorite neighborhood spot to see if they’re participating.
After a couple weeks of rain and cloudy days, this weekend is supposed to be beautiful—perfect barbecue weather to kick off the unofficial start of summer. Are you firing up the grill, and if so, what are you making? If you’re thinking burgers, try these 10 new recipes for easy ways to dress them up (sun-dried tomatoes, bacon and sauerkraut, feta and mint—yum!). Or take your typical hot dog to new heights with these three creative topping ideas. And of course, you can’t forget the sides—potato salad, pasta salad, and coleslaw are must-haves for your backyard bash.
Last time I posted about favorite spring foods and my personal favorite, asparagus. I mentioned one of my favorite recipes, which includes asparagus, chickpeas, maple syrup, and salmon. Since there were some requests for the recipe, here it is—it’s from this humble little cookbook I got years ago and still cook from quite often, called Simply Shrimp, Salmon, and (Fish) Steaks by Leslie Glover Pendleton. The recipes are really easy and straightforward but give you great ideas for delicious new ways to serve seafood.