Cooking with Carapelli Olive Oil

This post brought to you by Carapelli Olive Oil. All opinions are 100% mine. It’s only been in the last year or two that I’ve begun to understand the benefits of extra virgin olive oil. It’s an all-natural oil that doesn’t require any heat or chemicals to produce — just good ol’ fashioned olive pressing […]

How Do You Serve Dinner?

The following post is from Jessica of GoodCheapEats and LifeasMOM: It wasn’t until I read Laura’s post a few weeks ago that I stopped to think about the different ways one could serve dinner. Certainly, we spend a lot of time talking about food shopping and preparation, but really the most important part of the […]

Make Your Own Marinades: Orange-Ginger Marinade

The following post is from Jessica of GoodCheapEats and LifeasMOM: With summer upon us, grilling food out doors appeals more and more. Not only do we avoid hot kitchens, but we also get a change of atmosphere and a breath of fresh air. Dining al fresco makes the experience even more pleasurable. Making my own […]

How to Learn to Cook

The following post is from Jessica of GoodCheapEats and LifeasMOM: Learning to cook good food is a science as well as an art. There’s an element of food science and chemical reactions to consider. Some mixtures work. Others don’t. But there’s also a creative side to cooking: combining flavors, textures, and colors that are both […]

Quick Tip: How to Cut a Pineapple

Pineapple is one of our very favorite fruits, and we go through at least one a week. For a long time, I was intimidated by the idea of cutting a pineapple, so I stuck with canned, but it’s actually really easy. They offer special pineapple cutting tools, but they’re unnecessary. Here’s how I do it […]

Question of the Day: Do You Enjoy Cooking?

  Cooking has never been my favorite chore. It’s always been just that to me — a chore. But a funny thing has been happening lately. I don’t know if it’s just because I want to provide healthier meals for my family or because I suddenly have more time on my hands now that Tara […]

Cooking 101: How to Hard Boil Eggs

The following post is from Shaina of Food for My Family and Olmanson Photography: Hard boiled eggs are like candy around these parts. My kids will eat them plain or with a sprinkling of salt and pepper for any meal of the day. I’m not complaining, as they’re an easy meal to make ahead and […]

How to Eat a Kumquat

A couple of years ago, I didn’t even know what a kumquat was when Shaina from Food for My Family nicknamed her oldest son “Kumquat” on her blog. But last week when I saw them next to the blueberries and blackberries at Walmart, I couldn’t resist buying a pack to try them for myself. The […]

Internal Cooking Temperature Cheat Sheet

I don’t know about you, but I can never remember the “safe” temperatures for meat when I’m cooking dinner, so I put together this handy cheat sheet to help me remember. And of course I wanted to share it with you too! A huge thanks goes to What’s Cooking America for the information used to […]

Preparing for Thanksgiving: Creating a Cooking Schedule

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving and doing most of the cooking, it’s important to put together a cooking schedule ahead of time so that you can make sure you don’t forget anything or end up with room temperature mashed potatoes by the time everything else is ready. Although it can be overwhelming to think about how […]