Jennie Geisler: OK, OK, I’ll try kale again — with lots of garlic

http://www.theroastedroot.net/

   December 17, 2014 10:49 am

My husband reads entirely too many health magazines. And a while after I get sick of and dismiss a “superfood” trend, he gets around to asking about it. I did my kale thing. It was OK. I fought to get the thick, inedible stems out of the leaves, which I’ve since found is supposedly easy…

Let the sun go down on fried potato latkes

Food Network

   December 15, 2014 2:36 pm

Hanukkah starts Tuesday at sundown, giving Jews and gentiles alike a reason to enjoy potato latkes, or luscious little piles of grated potatoes cooked with onions, salt, pepper and served with applesauce and sour cream. They’re typically fried in oil like potato pancakes, but they don’t have to be. This recipe for Oven-Fried Potato Latkes…

Fast killer dips for parties

from Betty Crocker

   December 12, 2014 1:38 pm

You could slave all day over cutout cookies for that holiday party, and your friend can bring a four-ingredient dip that took her 30 minutes to bake. Who will get the glory? I’ll give you a hint: Dips win at every party. You cannot beat dips with a club. They will rise up and win…

Christmas Eve deserves this roast, but I’m working

epicurious.com

   December 11, 2014 12:15 pm

Christmas Eve is a long evening in our house. While one simply can’t wait for it to end, the other two just want to enjoy the calm before the storm. I’ve learned, as difficult as it is to think about in the midst of everything that goes on the next day, that it’s best to…

Meatloaf will brighten dark winter night

epicurious.com

   December 10, 2014 11:43 am

It’s meatloaf night. I don’t know how I made that decision. We love it, but I don’t make it that often. Just never think of it. But I grabbed a 2-pound package of ground beef last weekend, needing only half a pound, but figuring I’d use the rest for something. At first I thought it…

Cinnamon Raisin Mini-Loaves make easy gifts

mini loaves

   December 8, 2014 12:28 pm

Nothing says comfort on a cold afternoon to me more than a cup of coffee and piece of cinnamon raisin bread with butter and a dusting of cinnamon sugar. Probably a vestige of my Finnish ancestors and their traditional crisp cinnamon toast cracker thing I don’t know the word for. Cinnamon Raisin Bread typically involves…

Spaghetti Soup on its way to my table

spaghetti image

   December 5, 2014 2:14 pm

I had meant to make Spaghetti Soup sometime this week, but one thing led to another, and I didn’t want it to be rushed or crushed by anything else, so now it’s on the docket for Sunday dinner. It’s a recipe shared as an image on Facebook by a friend of my husband’s. The image…

Sticky Honey Garlic Wings save the night

allrecipes.com

   December 4, 2014 10:25 am

The other day, we were planning to go out, but by dinner time, we were tired and in PJs and it was cold and no one wanted to go anywhere. I had planned meals for a few nights this week, but not that one, and nothing in the arsenal was sounding good. So I went…

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole feeds a crowd, keeps well

http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2012/01/crockpot-breakfast-casserole.html

   November 28, 2014 11:03 am

More than 14 years ago now, John’s mom gave me a recipe for her Breakfast Casserole, a Christmas morning tradition in their family. It opened a world of possibility. I love making it, and the feeling of waking up to something delicious I don’t have to slave over. Talk about a good reason to get…

Venison dish, wild game cookbook drawing

wild gourmet

   November 26, 2014 11:28 am

Quickly, thanks to those who entered the drawing for “Sharing Morocco.” The winner is Teresa Chatman. And so, I’ve been a food writer for 12 years, but a hunter for exactly none. I’ve had venison twice that I know of, most memorably cooked by avid hunter and Managing Editor for News Doug Oathout. In fact,…