Finding the (real) recipe for mom’s macaroni and cheese

This week I started reading “Stuffed,” a food memoir by Patricia Volk. The book is a tribute to Volk’s family members and the food they made her growing up. Each chapter, which is named after a special type of food, is about a different family member. One of the things I love about the bookContinue reading “Finding the (real) recipe for mom’s macaroni and cheese”

Still Trying to Cook When Time Allows

I wanted to give you a quick update on my blog post about cooking one homemade meal a week. I haven’t been cooking as much as I’d like, but I have made some of the dishes I blogged about, and I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to prepare different meals for myselfContinue reading “Still Trying to Cook When Time Allows”

Cooking Challenge: Make at Least One Homemade Meal Every Week for the Next Month

As much as I’d like to think I’m someone who cooks regularly, I’m not. I want to get better at cooking, though, and take the time to make myself healthy meals. After a long day at work I usually just throw together a salad, heat up a veggie burger or make an open-faced rice cakeContinue reading “Cooking Challenge: Make at Least One Homemade Meal Every Week for the Next Month”

Creativity Comes out at Cupcake-Making Party

Last month, my best friend from home got me a cupcake-making book for my birthday, along with some matching cupcake napkins. I had seen the book, “Hello Cupcake!” several times before but had never bought it. I wondered if I’d ever have an occasion to make such elaborate cupcakes and figured I’d just get someContinue reading “Creativity Comes out at Cupcake-Making Party”

Trying to Find More Time for Cooking, Baking

I’m trying to get better at cooking for myself. It can be tough when you work late and don’t feel like “working” more in the kitchen when you get home. But I know some people who say that cooking relaxes them and gives them the chance to be more creative when it comes to food.Continue reading “Trying to Find More Time for Cooking, Baking”

Cooking/Baking Black Bean Burgers & White Bean Strawberry Blondies

My roommate and I, both vegetarians, started a new Sunday night tradition: making veggilicious meals. This afternoon we experimented with beans and made black bean veggie burgers and Vegan white bean strawberry blondies. The burgers were so much better than the frozen Garden Burgers I always eat, mainly because they were more filling and theyContinue reading “Cooking/Baking Black Bean Burgers & White Bean Strawberry Blondies”

A Sunday Spent Eating Outside, Shopping at an Asian Market

Today I spent the afternoon with some friends who have a beautiful garden in their backyard. While making lunch — veggie burgers, fruit salad and crackers with hummus — we went out to the garden to get home-grown lettuce for our burgers, which we ate with fresh cilantro pesto. Yum. As we munched on lunchContinue reading “A Sunday Spent Eating Outside, Shopping at an Asian Market”

Grocery Shopping with Grandma

One of the first things my 86-year-old grandma did when she came to visit me last week was open my refrigerator. It was the first time that she, and my cousin who was on spring break, had been to my apartment, so my grandma was naturally curious to see what the place was like. SheContinue reading “Grocery Shopping with Grandma”

Having a Ball Making Cake Balls

I recently joined a craft group that some St. Petersburg Times folks started last fall. Joining the group has given me an excuse to rekindle my creativity by doing origami, making earrings and more. I hosted the last craft party and spiced it up a bit. In place of a traditional craft, my friend andContinue reading “Having a Ball Making Cake Balls”

In Search of Some Good, Easy-to-Make Recipes

The long weekend has prompted me to open some of the many cookbooks I’ve been given throughout the years. I gravitated toward Giada de Laurentiis’ cookbook because I learned a lot about the stories behind the recipes when interviewing her this summer for a Dallas Morning News story. I bought ingredients for Giada’s fresh tomatoContinue reading “In Search of Some Good, Easy-to-Make Recipes”