Getting ready for Christmas baking.

old-fashioned Spritz butter cookie recipe |

OK, whew! Thanksgiving is behind us, so we can get down to the REAL holiday cooking: Baking Christmas cookies! Get all my tips on preparing for your holiday baking here, then stay tuned throughout December for great Christmas cookie recipes, old and new! Get the baking tips! Continue reading

Easy nibbles for pre-Thanksgiving dinner.

homemade roasted red pepper hummus recipe |

If your family is like mine, there’s this whole pre-dinner thing that happens before we even sit down at the Thanksgiving table. Here’s an array of great holiday appetizer recipes to keep your guests happily snacking while the turkey roasts (and roasts … and roasts). Get the recipes! Continue reading

Best Thanksgiving side dishes.

broccoli-rice bake recipe |

Whether you’re planning a full Thanksgiving menu or you’ve been asked to bring something to the table, here are some tasty Thanksgiving side dish recipes that will shake things up this year. I’m thinking fresh flavors, fall vegetables and healthier options that taste great and impress your family! Get my best Thanksgiving side dish recipes! Continue reading

Clean-out-the-larder minestrone.

easy vegetable minestrone soup recipe

I call this ‘clean-out-the-larder’ minestrone, because you can make it with whatever leftover or not-enough-for-a-meal vegetables, fresh or frozen, that you have on hand. Dump everything in a pot, simmer, and voila! Soup! Get the recipe (plus 2 secrets for excellent soup). Continue reading

Perfectly smooth, practically no-fat red pepper hummus.

homemade roasted red pepper hummus recipe |

This easy homemade hummus is full of flavor and extremely low in fat, making it a healthy dip for veggies, pita chips or breadsticks. Discover the trick to making the smoothest, creamiest hummus ever! Get the recipe! Continue reading