Cupcake Wars

On television, the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” is among its top shows. The contestants’ cupcakes are judged on taste, presentation and creativity. The show has made cupcakes top billing in the last several years. Today you may find them at weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties, and among other celebrations. These delicacies may be on platters, on Continue »

Snowflake Cocoa

We have a new cold-weather favorite: Snowflake cocoa. Creamy white-chocolate bliss! I heat it and serve it from my slow cooker so it’s perfect for holiday gatherings. I prefer to sprinkle a little nutmeg and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice mix on top for a little extra flavor. It’s also a great way to welcome the kids after playing Continue »

“What do You Want for Dinner?”

Recently I’ve observed an interesting practice by a number of parents with young children. As dinner time draws near the parent asks the child, “What would you like for dinner?” One child wants macaroni and cheese, another chicken soup, absolutely no peas insists one, while another can’t decide what she wants. Negotiating and persuading and Continue »

Simple “Souper” Suppers

Two simple soups—made from”souped-up” canned soup—to welcome autumn on a busy night! Thai Coconut Soup 2 14- to 19-ounce cans chicken noodle soup 1/2 cup coconut milk 2 teaspoons lime juice Simmer the soup and coconut (add 2 cans water for condensed soup), then add the lime juice. Yum! Smoked Sausage Stew (from   2 cans (11-1/2 ounces each) condensed bean Continue »

Easy, Healthy After-School Snacks

Some recipes for somewhat healthy, quick treats to celebrate the new school year: Simple veggie dip: Light sour cream; add seasoning salt (like Lowry’s), dill, and onion powder to taste. Quick sandwich cookies: Layer leftover frosting between two graham crackers. (Bonus: up to five grams of whole wheat per serving of the crackers! I wonder Continue »