Picadillo (Cuban Ground Beef Skillet Supper)

An easy fall supper, when the sun sets early and the evenings begin to cool. “Cuban” is a new cuisine for me. Until now, I’ve fixated on the “Cubano” – a wonderful pork and ham sandwich hot sandwich with pickles and mustard that I’ve found impossible to perfect at home, despite many tries. So I was most happy to discover that Picadillo goes together quickly with pantry ingredients. It’s homey comfort food. Whole Food, Fresh & Filling. Another Quick Supper , a Kitchen Parade Specialty. Budget Friendly. One-Pot Meal. Great for Meal Prep. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 42) Soups to Sustain the Spirit

Heaven knows we can all use a little comfort food right now so I've gathered some simple homemade soups to gird the spirit for what's happening, what's ahead.

How to Cook Frozen Steaks

An America's Test Kitchen Recipe Hello, Meal Procrastinators. Hey, Spontaneous People. Want to cook a steak, like right now? like ASAP? Just pull a steak or two from the freezer and an hour later, you'll sit down to perfectly cooked steaks. No thawing needed! Hello, Picky Planners. Because cooking steaks from their frozen state yields the perfect steak – seared on the outside, evenly cooked all the way to the center . Intrigued? Read on! This is effortless cooking with fine, fine results. These steaks? It's like you've pampered good meat for hours. How to Cook a Frozen Steak Straight from the Freezer Without Thawing or the Microwave. "Plain" But Perfect. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Perfect for Date Night & Cooking for One or Two . Another Quick Supper , a Kitchen Parade Specialty. Low Carb. High Protein.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 41) Special Sweets for Fall

Cooler weather ... open windows ... changing colors ... falling leaves ... pumpkin patches ... firepits ... sweaters! There's so much to love about fall but the list definitely includes all the special desserts we bake just once a year. So here are seven special recipes for fall sweets, not just perfect for fall but only for fall. Call it a "fall baking bucket list" if you will and what's mine (so many long-time favorites!)... is now yours too.

Thanksgiving Cake

A small Bundt cake packed with all our favorite fall flavors like pumpkin, apple, cranberry, pecans and fresh ginger plus fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. It's barely sweet with a moist crumb, a cake to return to all autumn for a casual snacking cake (just one thin sliver at a time, yes?) or a dessert to carry for fall gatherings. For everyday, consider baking this "loaded" pumpkin bread in a loaf pan, too. An Approachable Home-style Cake, Fresh-Baked & Family-Approved. Beautiful Color! A Long-Time Family Favorite Especially for Favorite Recipes for Fall Baking . Extra Welcome When "Supper's a Little Skimpy". Fun Fall Picnic Food. Budget Friendly. Potluck & Party Friendly.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 40) Fall Sides for Everyday & Canadian Thanksgiving

"Sides" are having a moment, so today's collection includes a lucky-seven side dish recipes for early fall, many perfect for weeknight fare but also for casual Thanksgiving tables across Canada in another week.

Twenty-Minute Taco Bar

Ready. Set. GO! Call me thrilled that an entire Taco Bar can be rushed to the table in twenty minutes flat. Really. (Yes, I really do time my recipes.) We'll brown the tortillas, so important! We'll cook the meat. We'll make a Quick Guacamole. We'll set out all our favorite taco fixin's. And then we'll dig in. The trick to this quick weeknight meal? Store-bought fresh salsa that keeps the taco meat nice 'n' juicy, makes a mean guacamole and then takes its place among all our favorite taco fillings. C'mon. Everybody's hungry and we've got dinner to cook. Home-style Tacos, Ready in a Flash, Cooked in One Skillet. Whole Food, Fast & Flexible. Mere Minutes to the Table. Another Quick Supper , a Kitchen Parade Specialty. Hearty & Filling. Easy DIY.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 39) Cooking with Apples

I hope you're hungry because today the temptation is apples, all on the savory side, apps and sides and salads and suppers. I hope you'll find one or two destined as "keepers" in your own recipe repertoire.

Ten Things I Love About Our New Kitchen

An Update After Ten Years Here's how we remodeled our kitchen, first revealed two years after completion and now re-considered after ten years. What decisions worked then and which ones still stand up now? Great news, only three of our favorites require a big investment. The other seven are small, do-able and even no-cost but still make a difference. Plus, it took ten years for me to figure out how to style a special, highly visible spot in the new kitchen: here I reveal how and its cost, all of $8.50! Kitchen Before & After Reveal. How to Add Light to a Dark Kitchen. How to Add a Second Stove to a Kitchen. How to Blend Existing Kitchen Cupboards with New Cabinetry. How to Add Whimsy to a Kitchen. Low-Cost & No-Cost Ways to Improve Kitchen Efficiency & Function.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 38) Burger Season!

This week's recipe collection features seven burger recipes: some for the grill and some for inside; some for the stove and some for the slow cooker; some meat- and some plant-based. What binds them is what makes for happy cooks and happy eaters, casual family-friendly comfort food at its finest. Fingers crossed that here you'll find lots of easy-dinner inspiration and with any luck, one or two recipes destined as "keepers" in your own recipe repertoire ...