Actors eat, too. After they get out of those dresses.

   February 25, 2011 3:37 pm

Who cares about who gets the Oscars? The best part for me is making fun of those ridiculous dresses. I think of it this way: They already determined who had the best performance when they do the nominations. The rest is anti-climactic. Once you’ve determined the best five (or 10), every nominee has pretty much…

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   February 23, 2011 10:29 am

On Valentine’s Day, my son and I made chocolate chip cookies. They were awesome. I’ve been honing my cookie-making process since before I could cook anything else, based on a few tips from the mom of a high school boyfriend. Thought I’d share. As for the recipe, I use the one for Nestle Toll House…

From my cube-icle

   February 22, 2011 12:56 pm

A while back, we split a side of beef with my husband’s family. I quickly used everything but two packages of “cube steak.” I’d try to use it before, not quite understanding what it really was. It’s not steak in cubes. It’s a cut of beef that has little cuts all over it to help…

Pasta in every pot

   February 17, 2011 5:01 pm

Question: Are you a mix-the-pasta-into-the-sauce-and-serve family? Or are you a serve-the-pasta-separately-and-top-it-with-sauce family? I don’t really care, but for some reason, my husband likes them separate. My mom and dad did, too. Strangely, Mom has started mixing it in. I’m not sure what’s up with that, but I suspect it has something to do with her…

That guy I live with

   February 16, 2011 1:35 pm

My husband, John, is quite the culinary adventurer. He’ll take anything and combine it with anything. He likes Montreal Steak seasoning on his popcorn. He dips radishes into nothing but salt. He puts Tabasco Chipotle on his tossed salad. Last night he slathered my cheesy horseradish dip on his Italian sausage sandwich. He’ll put anything…

Can’t go wrong with Murphy

   February 15, 2011 5:09 pm

You know you have a great friend when you borrow her potato slicer, break it, and she stays your friend. That’s what I did to my friend Kara (now) Murphy right after she moved in with her husband and made sweet potato fries and raved about them and told me I could use her potato…

Chicken scratch

   February 14, 2011 1:50 pm

Money was tight this past weekend and I hadn’t shopped in a while. I discovered something: If I just don’t cook, people eat what there is. As in my husband. I did “make” my son lunch. I won’t tell you what. (He ate it with a spoon, out of a plastic cup. It usually goes…

Sweet on you

   February 11, 2011 2:41 pm

If you’re looking for a good excuse to bake this weekend (and I’m always looking for a good excuse to bake on the weekend), don’t knock Raspberry Squares till you try them. No, they’re not chocolate. Yes, they’re WW. But that just means you can eat more, if you’re not in the mood to behave….

Soupy weather

   February 10, 2011 12:29 pm

This winter is killing me. My mom tells me this is how it used to be: snow on the ground from November until March. In my adult life, I can only remember winters with at least two or three complete thaws. I don’t remember snow upon snow upon snow like we have this year, with…

Booo hooo

   February 8, 2011 3:56 pm

This morning was supposed to be a glorious empty-house cooking morning, including a wonderful-looking recipe for roasted vegetable stock. But it turned into a nightmare after my elderly dog refused to stand, and my husband got stuck in the driveway in six different places. I’ll cook tonight instead, since I had to spend the morning…