Beef and cheddar pasta bake.

So, if you’re looking for recipes that will jump-start your healthy eating habits in the new year … well, this is not that recipe. There’s nothing especially virtuous about this Beef and Cheddar Pasta Bake, dietarily speaking—its virtues are purely sensuous: cheesy, comforting goodness. If you recall that recurring menu item from your elementary school cafeteria days, you might think of this as a sort of upgraded version of Johnny Marzetti. I’ve adapted an old Pierre Franey recipe from the 1990s from the New York Times Cooking app—and it’s pretty much what you’re craving on these bitterly cold nights. Add a brightly dressed green salad and a glass of wine, and you’re good to go. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas cookie palooza: Orange butter cookies, two ways.

So here you go: The last installment of 2017’s edition of Christmas Cooke Palooza: Grandma’s Frosted Lemon Cookie recipe reimagined with orange flavoring and chocolate. Make ’em either way: Orange Kiss Cookies or Glazed Orange Cookies. Happy holidays, folks! As a thank-you for your friendship, here’s a bonus for you: Between now and midnight, December 1, hop over to writes4food.com, comment on one of the Christmas Cookie Palooza recipes, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a copy of The Findlay Market Cookbook. Cheers! Bryn Continue reading

Christmas cookie palooza: 7 layer bars.

In this holiday season, can we share a bit of honesty, friends? Let’s acknowledge that Seven Layer Bar Cookies are not, in fact, cookies. They’re more like candy bars. Which is totally fine, of course. Calling them by their true name recognizes their utter decadence, their chocolatey, butterscotchy deliciousness. Get my grandma’s handwritten recipe for Seven Layer Bars over on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Christmas cookie palooza: Salty Marcona almond cookies.

These easy almond cookies are big on flavor, thanks to a salty Marcona almond decorating each one. This is one of my Grandma Dorothy’s old recipes, and its light texture and buttery-almond flavor is perfect for your Christmas cookie assortment. Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Christmas cookie-palooza: Hazelnut jam thumbprints.

raspberry hazelnut thumbprint cookie recipe | writes4food.com

To start off this year’s Christmas Cookie-Palooza lineup of recipes for your baking pleasure, here’s a simple butter cookie dressed with fancy hazelnuts and jam. These Hazelnut Jam Thumbprints are super easy, and they look so pretty on a platter of assorted Christmas cookies. Add these to your baking lineup this year! Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Christmas Cookie Palooza 2017

I’ll admit it: I was going to sort of blow off the Christmas cookie roundup I usually share on writes4food.com this year. I just didn’t feel the mojo. Until. Until a lovely woman commented to me (as I was demonstrating a recipe from The Findlay Market Cookbook) last weekend about how much she enjoys my Christmas cookie recipes. So, here we go: Christmas Cookie Palooza 2017 feat. The Dorothy Project. Starting Friday, get your new favorite Christmas cookie recipes on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Awesome appetizers for your Thanksgiving feast.

black pepper taralli

If you stop and think about it, it’s kind of absurd to even consider appetizers before Thanksgiving dinner. But let’s not stop and think about it, shall we? Because all the while the turkey’s in the oven roasting, it’s emanating the most delicious smells from the kitchen. Tummies will invariably rumble. So, yeah: appetizers are a good thing. But you’ll want simple nibbles that aren’t too fussy or difficult to make. Like these. Get my favorite Thanksgiving appetizer recipes over on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Fabulous Thanksgiving side dishes.

butternut squash and wild rice bake | writes4food.com

Rob and I are heading to the beach in South Carolina over the Thanksgiving week, leaving our loving family in Indiana wondering what the hell is wrong with us. So it’ll be shrimp and grits for us on Thanksgiving day. Figuring you’re planning something a bit more traditional, I’ll share my favorite Thanksgiving sides, salads and breads to inspire your Turkey Day menu. See the collection of holiday recipes on writes4food.com. Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Overnight coffee cake.

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake recipe | writes4food.com

Two things strike me about this recipe that I found in my grandma Dorothy’s old recipe file: one, the beautiful penmanship, and two, this line: “Can be made 2 days before, providing you have good refrigeration.” Good refrigeration. This Overnight … Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Arizona Mountain Soup.

Arizona Mountain Soup recipe | writes4food.com

This recipe for Arizona Mountain Soup was tucked into my grandmother’s “Kitchen Klips” file of old-fashioned recipes. With hearty beans and rice, this almost chili-like soup is super easy to put together and hearty enough for these first cold nights of the season. Do as the recipe’s originator, Arizona mountain resident Bennie Bennet, does and serve it with cornbread. Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading