Mini Blueberry Tarts

The Recipe: Miniature cheesecake-like tarts baked in a mini muffin pan with a "pop" of fresh blueberry right in the middle. The tart is an easy, press-in dough (and only slightly fiddly) and the filling is as easy as can be. These make a welcome colorful addition to a tray of one- and two-bite mini desserts. And besides, right? Blueberries! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Spiced Pickled Red Onions

The Recipe: Something so simple, just slivers of red onion pickled in a refrigerator jar (no canning!) with a few herbs and a little garlic. But if you want to spice up your taco game (and so much more), start here, with quick and easy Spiced Pickled Red Onions.
Now lots of times, something this good starts with butter and cream. Not pickled onions, they're basically calorie free, carb free, sugar free, vegan not to mention totally cheap. All this? And still a game changer! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Deep Mexico Fruit Salad

The Recipe: A simple, summery fruit salad arranged in a pretty and symmetrical pattern around a mound of cottage cheese. So simple and surprisingly tasty – and yes, we know, more of a suggestion than a "recipe" even if it's a great illustration of how we're using common Mexican ingredients and serving them in untraditional but Mexican-ish ways. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Deep Mexico: Ingredient-Driven Mexican Meal Prep

Come along as we dive deep into Mexican food for a month-long cooking and eating adventure. We're calling it "Deep Mexico," a concentrated effort to combine three food shopping, meal planning and meal prep techniques into good eats and good fun. We're only on Day Two so there's lots yet to come, including new recipes for both Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture. How will it all turn out? Will we make it to Day 30? Time will tell! Deep Mexico Quick Links~ Pantry & Shopping List ~
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Asparagus Custard Tart

The Recipe: An asparagus tart that's simple to make but impressive in appearance. Perfect for spring brunches and light suppers. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Asparagus Custard Tart Made the List!Best Recipes of 2006 Hoot Hoot! We Have New Neighbors!A great horned owl has taken up a perch on the next block.He’s big: two feet tall and wings aspan, four feet wide.And loud: since the mating season commenced in February, neighbors have asked, "Did you hear The Owl last night? He woke me out of a dead sleep!"Two years ago, a pair of owls took up nest in a tree hollow a block the other direction. Soon there were little owls, owlets they’re called, all fluff and famish.Good neighbors, these owls, if a tad noisy. Family folk too, it’s nice to have little ones around. Welcome to the neighborhood! Finally, Spring! And Spring Asparagus!Spring arrived late this year. But it's here in full force and bloom now, that means baby owlets and the markets bursting with aspa…

Famous Mustard Sauce (Carolina BBQ Mustard Sauce)

The Recipe: A mustard sauce that's a tiny-bit spicy and a tiny-bit sweet and totally addictive. The investment is just a handful of pantry ingredients but the return is big, a Carolina BBQ mustard sauce that we turn to again and again. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

DIY Herb Blend for Homemade Herb Bread

The Recipe: The twelve spices I mix for making herb bread. If you want to turn good homemade bread into great homemade bread, especially for burger buns, sandwich rolls and excellent toast, just add this DIY herb blend to your favorite bread dough – or use my recipe, the wonderful bread I call "Our Daily Bread". It's the easy, European-style bread I make every few days. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding

The Recipe: Warm pudding in ten minutes? Relax, you're here, this is it, a vegan, plant-based chocolate pudding, a healthy (and delicious!) solution to a chocolate craving or a late-night snack attack or Pudding Prep for the week. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

How I Read 4X More This Year Than Last

In all of 2017, I read twenty books. So far in just the first three months of 2018, I've already read twenty-one books! Who wouldn't want to make 4X as much money? Run 4X as far? Spend 4X as much time with someone you love? Here's how I'm reading more than four times more than last year. ~ Skip Straight to the Quick Links ~

Easy Green Chile Egg Casserole

The Recipe: My go-to breakfast casserole – whether baked in a casserole dish, a cast iron skillet, ramekins, muffin tins or even as a tart, so so flexible! And importantly, no bread, not too much cheese or richness and in the end, a breakfast casserole that's all about tender, healthy and flavor-packed eggs. Vegetarian. Low Carb. High Protein, a full 22 grams of protein. Did I mention? De-lish! Easter brunch, anyone?! The Conversation: Digital cookbooks, do they work? For me, not so far. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

It's Enough, Just One Great Recipe Per CookbookMy excuse explanation for bookshelves full of both oft-used and rarely-touched cookbooks is this: If I get just one really good recipe from a cookbook, it's worth its weight in gold. Emphasis on weight: said bookshelves are sagging from cookbooks collected over two ... hmmm, make that three decades.A library card helps, so does staying acquainted with the many cookbooks I already own. This year I resolved to flip…