I am a firm believer in having your cake and eating it too, especially when it comes to potatoes. And in the case of this warm mashed potato salad, I get to have all the comfort food deliciousness of my beloved mashed potatoes, while also adding some of the zingy taste of summery potato salad. You can serve this fun side dish either warm or at room temperature, depending on what kind of a side dish mood you are in. It’s the ultimate easy, flexible summer side dish, and I have a feeling you are going to love every bite. Ready to cook up your new favorite approach to potatoes? Let’s make it!
This delectable stack of sour cream pancakes (yes sour cream, and more on that later) are not only meltingly scrumptious, but they also represent the perfect intersection of my day job as a children’s book editor and my other passion for cooking, shooting pictures, eating, writing about it, and doing the whole thing over again. Because as much as I wish I had come up with this recipe for the best pancakes EVER, that recipe comes from my wonderful friend Ree Drummond. I know her both as a blogging friend AND because I have been lucky enough to be the editor for her adorable picture books.
And those pancakes are where those two worlds delightfully collide, because Ree’s latest picture book, the cuter than cute LITTLE REE, tells not only the story of a little girl who learns to bloom where she is planted…but it also features one of the best pancake recipes ever, and so I felt like I simply had to make them, take their picture and write about them. Oh, and EAT them. And to celebrate all of that, I’m going to give away three copies of both LITTLE REE and Ree’s first cookbook, THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS, which also includes these pancakes. It’s a perfect storm of deliciousness! Let’s make them!
This recipe for potted cheese is one that is indelibly etched in my childhood memories. My mama would often make it for dinner parties, and I remember my brother and I being allowed to stay up late in our pajamas to help pass the hors d’oeuvres, which included rumaki, pineapple chunks wrapped in bacon, and this potted cheese. It was the height of elegance, and while we had to go to bed before the main course so I don’t have any intel on what that tended to be (maybe my mama will leave a comment and enlighten us) I still remember the deliciousness that was this tangy spreadable cheese in its cute little pot. Let’s go back in time and make it!
Summertiiiiiiiiiiime, and the living is easy! Especially if you decide to make nachos for dinner. And especially if you swap out the jarred salsa and make these fresh corn nachos instead. Filling in for that jarred stuff is a quick and scrumptious conglomeration of fresh corn kernels, some chopped red onion, and a little lime juice. Add in some chopped avocado, a little melted cheddar, some dollops of sour cream and a sprinkling of chili powder and you have the fresh summertime version of everyone’s favorite nibble. Ready to summertime up your nachos? Let’s make it!
During the whirl of holidays that we are about to enter into, I am all about having breakfast for dinner whenever possible. Caramel french toast? Oh yes. Bacon Cheddar Bagel Panini? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! And in this case, it is all about pancakes. Or to be more specific, cute little smoked salmon silver dollar pancakes. And by the way, if you have a houseful of guests, you can treat them to these pancakes as actual, well, breakfast. Or if you are in charge of appetizers for your holiday shin-dig, they are perfect for that too. They are the quick but fancy delicious gift that keeps on giving! Read on to see just how easy they are….
A while back I discovered Jamie Oliver’s chicken baked in milk, and my entire world as it related to chicken was rocked forevermore. The tenderness! The flavor! The gorgeous, delicate sauce! I couldn’t believe it/stop talking about/stop dreaming about it. The only teeny tiny issue was that it takes a couple of hours to prep and make, which is totally doable on a lazy Sunday afternoon, but not so much on a busy weeknight. And so I started scheming about how to get some of the baked chicken wonderfulness, but in a quicker, weekday-friendly way. Please meet chicken poached in milk, your new weeknight chicken best friend.