French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Michele says: I’m not a fan of summer; it’s hot, sticky, and—for someone as pale as I—sunburny.  I spend most of the summer indoors, hoping for a cloudy day.  For reasons probably related to my aversion to summer, I long ago decided that August is, in fact, autumn.  And what does autumn mean?  Soup, of course!  Every year, I spend my late summer … [Read more...]

Picnic Perfect: Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Dear Home Ec 101: My neighborhood will soon be throwing their annual blockparty. I don't want anyone to know that I can't cook for beans. Do you have a recipe for me? Please don't tell me just to go to the deli and put it in a new bowl. I want to try, but I'm busy and I need something I can make the night before. Oh, and I'm vegetarian but eggs … [Read more...]

Simple Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Heather says: This recipe for mushroom risotto is about as simple as risotto can get. You see, while risotto is rice, it's a needy rice. It's a rice that needs a little nurturing and love, but then, when it's ready to serve? It brings the awesome. If you really want to make this recipe company worthy -holiday worthy even- then, I highly suggest … [Read more...]

Picnic Perfect: Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe

Picnic Perfect

  Bobbie says: It's Memorial Day weekend and many of you will be marking the day with the first cookout of the summer. Here's a perennial picnic favorite: Classic Macaroni Salad. This is a pretty basic recipe - no suspicious vegetables or epicurean excesses here. For some people I know, this is comfort food, pure and simple. Not … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Corn Chowder Recipe

Gluten Free Corn Chowder

Heather says: Gluten free doesn't have to be complicated. This recipe for gluten free corn chowder is almost identical to the regular corn chowder recipe on this site. Now, I changed the proportions a little bit for a thicker soup and because I was using a smaller pot. This recipe makes three quarts of a very thick soup, if you want a thinner … [Read more...]