Cabbage-Carrot Casserole with Cheese Sauce

cabbage heads

When I see butter and hard cheese in a recipe, I usually skip it. But the recipe asks only for small quantities, and blogger Jenny described how her kids fought over the last piece. My pickier eaters did not appreciate it, but the rest of us loved it. Next time I’m invited to a pot-luck […]

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Quick Cooking Tips for Busy Parents

squash casserole

Getting a hot, healthy meal on the table at the end of each day is a challenge for all parents, but especially for parents who are out of the house all day. I polled readers at the Cooking Manager Facebook page for their best tips, and here they are: Make-Ahead Casseroles. Make casseroles and freeze […]

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Apple-Oat Muffins

apples

I recently met a young woman named Allyson, who just moved to my neighborhood with her husband and 11-month-old son. When she started making healthy apple muffins for her son, her husband found they made a good breakfast to eat on the way to work. They contain no added sugar. I added some variations at […]

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Cooking for an Empty Nest: Downsizing Your Kitchen

Empty nest

Kids leaving home requires a huge psychological adjustment. When my oldest moved to a dorm, I cried off and on for several weeks. While my youngest is only eight years old, the next few years may find me with only two of my six home on a regular basis. I’m already starting to think about […]

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Colombian Food Adventures and Pan de Yuca

Yuca cookies

At my recent visit to Colombia, I was served yuca bread by my cousins in Bogota. They explained that the egg-shaped concoction is a traditional Colombian bread made of yuca flour and cheese. . I had never heard of yuca, but after some research I learned it is made out of the starchy root vegetable […]

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My Aborted Trip to the Medellin Market

river, train tracks, bridge with Medellin hills in background

Note: Welcome to new email subscribers! Today’s post is different from my usual fare. I’ll be back soon with tips on cooking for one or two, using beans in recipes, and leftovers. Subscribe via email for full posts right to your inbox. I recently came back from a conference in Medellin, Colombia. My conference was […]

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What Makes You Not Invite Guests Back?

Dinner party faux pas

My recent bout of entertaining got me thinking about what makes a good dinner party. No matter how much effort you put in, and as charming you try to be, the conversation doesn’t always flow smoothly. And let’s face it, some guests are just difficult (but not any of my recent guests, who mostly read […]

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Recipe: Debbie’s Shepherd’s Pie

shepherd pie recipe

My friend and neighbor Debbie Gold Hadar recently shared this delicious Shepherd’s Pie recipe. It calls for fresh ground meat or poultry, but you can substitute cooked meat or beans as well. Just add them after cooking the other vegetables.  Don’t be put off by the lengthy instructions, as this is not a complicated recipe. […]

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The Party’s Over: Getting Your Kitchen Back in Order

Yesterday was the last day of a round of holidays. I cooked so many meals, that I bought 20 onions on Thursday and had none left by Monday. If you’re just starting to think about upcoming holidays, you can read Preparing for a Holiday Cooking Session. Here’s my strategy for recovering from the holidays. Get out […]

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Rosh Hashanah Menu 2012

image: artistic apple for Rosh Hashana menu

Tonight is the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. I wanted to touch base with you all and share my simple, family Rosh Hashanah menu.  The price of vegetables shot up, especially specialty items for the holiday, so we made do with a limited variety including tomatoes (also overpriced), lettuce, onions, peppers, carrots […]

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