easy cooking

Sep 16, 2012

Apple, Bacon and Cheddar Griddlecakes [Intro to Cooking]

Food is such a central part of Southern culture, and my childhood was a reflection of that. As I have established myself in a new city, I find that most of the memories I am making now are also centered around food: trying new restaurants, introducing new ingredients into my repertoire and spending some time each week working on material for this column!

Aug 12, 2012

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Simple Mashed Potatoes and Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus [Intro to Cooking]

This week has been one of those weeks. You know the ones. The ones that leave you feeling used, abused, and wishing for your momma. Since I live in a different city than my mother, I, of course, turned to emotional eating to soothe my soul.

Steak Salad with Fresh Tomato Vinaigrette [Intro to Cooking]

This week's recipe comes to you from the almost empty shelves of my fridge, from between a series of afternoon naps, and from a hankering for fresh greens. This is the first summer that I have been entirely in control of the food I eat, and as a result, my love for fresh vegetables has multiplied.

Aug 5, 2012

Make a Healthy BLT Ranch Pizza [Intro to Cooking]

And to top it all off, this pizza is MUCH healthier than all others because it's not loaded with cheese and grease AND it's got some delicious veggies to keep you feeling light and fresh.

Intro to Cooking: Mango Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

Did you guys have a great Memorial Day weekend? I did. And by “I did,” I mean, I ate everything in sight. Just kidding, but it certainly feels like it. Nothing like a barbecue to remind you that it’s almost bikini season and you're not nearly ready to flash those abs.

May 22, 2011

Intro to Cooking: Grilled Watermelon and Pineapple Salad

As the end of May gets closer, I start to crave the summer foods of my childhood: potato salad, greasy hamburgers, funnel cakes, Push Pops... It can't just be me, right? However, a lot of those foods aren't exactly, um, healthy. To lighten things up a little bit, let's talk about fruit.

Apr 24, 2011

Intro to Cooking: Peanut Butter Noodles

Peanut butter. Who doesn’t love to eat it on a spoon in front of the TV the stuff? Ever since we were little kids we ate peanut butter cookies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and if your mom really loved you, those peanut butter crackers that came in the plastic wrappers

Feb 6, 2011

Intro to Cooking: Cheeseburger Casserole

When the weather outside is frightful, there's only one that warms me up. And it's not a Snuggie. It's food. Warm, gooey, delicious comfort food, to be exact. And there's nothing warmer, gooier, deliciousier than Cheeseburger Casserole.

Dec 5, 2010

Intro to Cooking: Pinto Bean Veggie Burgers

The problem with veggie burgers is that they either a) don't taste anything like burgers or b) are packed with a lot of preservative filler (meaning you get less nutrition at an already sub-par taste). Neither of those conditions are the case with this week's Intro to Cooking recipe, which will crush any other bun-filler contender.

Oct 10, 2010

Intro to Cooking: Sausage Stuffed Peppers

For us real-life Italian Stallions, Columbus Day is as legit of a holiday as we're going to get). So, besides an extra night of shots at the bar, why not celebrate with an easy twist on an Italian favorite--sausage and peppers!

Sep 26, 2010

Intro to Cooking: Apple Crisp a la Mode!

Early fall yields the best crop of apples, so there is no better time than right now to go apple picking! If you're planning an orchard getaway with friends, here's your handy guide to some of the most popular types of apples and our foolproof recipe for sweet and crunchy apple crisp!

Sep 5, 2010

Intro to Cooking: Grilled Shrimp Marinade

Sometimes all you need to spruce up a dull salad or your run-of-the-mill Wednesday dinner is an ingredient swap. If chicken caesar has lost its bite, and you simply can't look at another plate of turkey and veggies without yawning, say hello to my leetle friend (sorry, had to!): shrimp!

Aug 29, 2010

Intro to Cooking: Low-Cal Spaghetti!

Whether you're just settling in to your dorm or high-five-ing your way through the halls of your sorority house, a new school year is a ripe time for new resolutions.

Aug 15, 2010

Intro to Cooking: Sweet, Spicy, and Savory Corn!

There are few culinary pleasures to match the first crunchy, buttery bite of a fresh ear of corn off the cob. And with each rich mouthful, you're taking in healthy doses of folate (to ward off heart disease, colon cancer and to prevent birth defects in the fetuses of pregnant women), thiamin (for better memory), and pantothenic acid (which eases energy production under stress).