When snow fell in the Santa Clarita Valley recently, what foods did you crave while mesmerized by the novelty of watching little white puffs floating from the sky? My tummy demanded chili and cornbread, so I made a very unique Italian artichoke chili and some eggnog corn muffins. (Hey, I had left over holiday eggnog that I had to use up).
When there's a chill in the air, cozy up to the table with dishes that feed the soul as well as the stomach.
As the pumpkin pie, holiday cocktail and sugar cookie memories begin to fade, we're reminded that the time has come to set or "reset" our goals. Popular New Year's resolutions - to lose weight and/or stay fit - resurface with a bang year after year.
If finances are tight this year, celebrate the holidays by hosting a shared small-plates party, where everyone can get together to have fun without breaking the bank. Small plates continue to be hot in trendy restaurants because people love to sample little bites and taste a variety of dishes. Ask each guest to bring an appetizer and a bottle of wine or nonalcoholic drink. With a collection of nibbles and libations, you're ready to party.
It was my hope to be your Pomegranate Queen this month. I can still imagine a crown dotted with crimson teardrop jewels and a scepter topped with a crystal pomegranate ball. But alas, I didn't win the POM Wonderful Pomegranate Dinner Party Contest.
Headline your holiday with the quintessential flavor of the season - peppermint. These extra special sweets offer a bountiful buffet of peppermint possibilities. Choose one or more for cookie exchanges, après caroling nibbles, gifts for teachers and Santa.
It's time once again to start baking some holiday cheer to share with friends and neighbors. These recipes make plenty of sweet treats to go around - and they're so good you just may want to keep some for yourself.
Since October, I've tagged myself with a new name, the Cranberry Queen.
The secret to creating a crowd-pleasing holiday spread is combining a healthy helping of tradition with a pinch of creative new recipes that showcase beloved holiday flavors.
Move over, green bean casserole. It's time to bring something new to the holiday table. These recipes make the most of holiday favorites by adding unique and flavorful twists.
I knew it would happen ... the extended Indian summer would finally end, and cooler weather would dictate what I should stir up in the kitchen.
Scare up a happy Halloween party to celebrate the spookiest season. Bring out the orange and black linens, spiderweb doilies and skull coasters ... so easy and effective!
From PB&Js to pitas, muffalettas to melts - any way you slice them, sandwiches are one of America's favorite foods. In fact, it is estimated that Americans consume 300 million sandwiches each day.
As the weather turns cooler, soup is a delicious and healthful way to warm up. From homemade to prepared varieties, nourishing soups also can satisfy your hunger by making you feel full longer.
Crisp air, changing colors, orchards teeming with ripe apples - all sure signs of autumn. Usher in the fall harvest season by spending an afternoon with the family picking apples, and then reward yourself with a delectable home-baked pie.