Homemade Sazón

What is sazón? Let's start with what it's not . It's not catsup. It's not salsa. It's not a sauce. Instead, it's the wonderful sazón, a Dominican vegetable mixture and a cousin to the Spanish sofrito. Here it's made from scratch with fresh whole ingredients – and it packs a punch of flavor! Just wait until you try Homemade Sazón on Champion Chicken ! (And with a name like that, you know there's a story. Hint hint: think World Series baseball.) Real Food, Made from Scratch. Great for Meal Prep. Easy DIY. A New Addition to The Homemade Pantry , a Kitchen Parade Specialty. Low Carb. Low Fat. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real . Naturally Gluten Free.

Easy-Easy Pear Sauce

One of my favorite simple-simple desserts, just pears sautéed gently in a little maple syrup and flecked with ginger. It's a light touch for a bite of sweetness for a weeknight dessert, also wonderful on pancakes and in smoothies. Real Food, Fresh & Fast. A Fall Favorite, Just Pears + Four Pantry Ingredients. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real . Naturally Gluten Free.

Apple Cake with Warm Cinnamon-Butter Sauce

My sister's recipe for a simple, rustic apple cake that’s dark with cinnamon and nutmeg then drizzled with a warm cinnamon and butter sauce, a sort of cinnamon-y caramel sauce. I promise you: it's all a little bit of cinnamon heaven. Homemade Apple Cake, Made from Scratch, Fresh & Seasonal. Extra Welcome When "Supper's a Little Skimpy". An Autumn Classic. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Great for Baking with Kids.

Perfect Lamb Chops

Good lamb is so pricey, we just don't want to mess it up! Here's how I've learned to cook lamb chops perfectly each and every time, just by minding the clock. Real Food, Cooked Perfectly Every Time. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein.

Homemade Kabocha Squash Pumpkin Purée

How & Why to Use Squash, Not Pumpkin, for 100% Pure "Pumpkin" It took four years but finally, I've found the trick to making 100% pumpkin purée from scratch –– switch to 0% pumpkin and 100% kabocha squash. The squash is roasted whole so there's no cutting into a large, unwieldy pumpkin or squash. The result is sweet, oh-so-pumpkin-y purée, perfect for making pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving and all our favorite pumpkin recipes before and after. Pumpkin Pie Filling, Made from Scratch. Homemade 100% Pumpkin Puree. Real Food, Fresh & Seasonal. Great for Meal Prep. Easy DIY. Low Carb. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real . Naturally Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly.

Favorite Recipes for Fall Baking

I don't think I'm alone here: when the weather cools down, it's finally it's time to fire up the oven! For so many of us, fall is the favorite time of year for baking. Here are some of my favorite fall recipes, sweet, for sure, but also savory and many featuring our favorite fall flavors like apple and pumpkin. Sweet & Savory Baking Ideas, Especially for Autumn. Favorite Fall Ingredients Like Apples and Pumpkin. Quick Breads. Cookies. Muffins. Yeast Breads. Corn Bread. Celebration Breads.

And the River Was Like Glass:
A September 11th Remembrance

Life Goes On The river was perfectly still, like glass, early the morning of September 11th. I'd been home for a few days. My mother had begun to lose motor control of her right leg. We feared this meant the lung cancer for which she'd been treated in the spring had metastasized into her brain. Our day was already full. Despite the leg problem, Mom was hosting a luncheon for friends at noon. Afterwards other friends would join up for a presentation about one of her many craft passions, scrapbooking. We'd already had our first cup of tea when Dad turned on CNN to hear the morning news. The first plane – a small plane, they said at first – had just hit the World Trade Center. We sat down to learn more. In horror, we watched the second plane hit the South Tower, understanding, instantly, that these strikes were no accident. We sat, mesmerized, horrified, in tears. At 10, the first call came. "Is lunch still on?" I looked at my mom. Without hesitation

Summer Appetizer:
Creamy Ricotta with
Tomato-Cucumber-Corn Salad

A quick and easy summery salad, a simple tomato and cucumber salad, with fresh corn kernels added for good measure, served almost as a relish over homemade ricotta. Real Food, Fresh, Fast & Seasonal. Not just easy, Summer Easy . Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Potluck & Party Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free.

How to Make Homemade Ricotta:
Skinny or Creamy or Something In Between

How to make ricotta cheese at home in just a few minutes with just a few pantry ingredients. I've made a "Skinny Ricotta" with 2% milk and lemon juice for many years but recently began making a "Creamy Ricotta" with a mixture of whole milk, cream and buttermilk. Here are all the in's and out's to make every DIY batch of fresh ricotta a success. Made from Scratch, A Little Extra Something That Makes All the Difference. Just Three (or Four) Ingredients. Great for Meal Prep. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. Not just easy, Summer Easy . Easy DIY. Naturally Gluten Free.

Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella for a Crowd

Once the real summer tomatoes ripen, there's no getting enough of them! Here's a quick and easy way to combine two of summer's best treats, good garden tomatoes and good fresh mozzarella. It looks great and tastes even better. This recipe is so quick and easy that I'm adding it to a special collection of easy summer recipes . Watch for new 'summer easy' recipes all summer long. With a free e-mail subscription , you'll never miss a one! Here’s another cooking lesson: good ingredients almost plate themselves, if you just let ‘em. My friend Christine has a knack for easy summer salads, this one charmed a crowd of us at a relaxed summer supper. No chopping, no measuring, no fussing, just layer a few slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella in a glass bowl. How easy! How pretty! How fresh! By design, there are few duplicate recipes at Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture, my food blog about vegetables. But the combination of good summe