Jessica Karley Rerick
Are you looking to make something sweet for your sweet this Valentine's Day? How about homemade marshmallows? It had been years since I made them, but just last week, I decided to give it a try again. Two great things happened. First, I was shocked at how easy they were to make; I remembered the process being more involved. Secondly, my kids now think I am a culinary genius. It wasn't the many cassoulets, steaks, pancakes, soups or sauces that helped them decide. It was, instead, little white pillowy marshmallows.
Bread pudding is a dessert I'm rarely able to turn down and for good reason: It's the ultimate comfort food in desserts. I must admit that when I first heard of bread pudding, it didn't appeal to me at all. I thought of someone taking a perfectly fine loaf of bread and adding enough liquid to it that the dish turned to the consistency of chocolate pudding. Well, thank goodness, that's not what it's all about.
Many of us use our crockpots on a weekly basis to get through the mad rush of the week or the bustle of weekend activities. For those of you who don't use it that often, I am going to give you a reason to dust off your slow cooker and put it to good use in these chillier months: It's time for crocktails!
Counting down the days to Halloween, I knew I had to get cracking on planning our themed treats and dinner. While I usually have a good time getting the Halloween menu put together, I think this year was a little different. The children are a bit older, so I could take our Halloween food items from cute to spooky.
Halloween is almost here, and I was feeling a little guilty because I haven't put up a single decoration in the house. There are two reasons for my lack of holiday spirit: One, I didn't want to spend a lot of money. Two, my baby is due anyday now, and I just didn't have the energy to climb around hanging cobwebs and strategically planting spiders. But I couldn't resist when I came across a few easy ideas the whole family could help create to decorate at least the outside of our house.
Baked party sandwiches are one of my favorite guilty-pleasure foods, and they're just perfect for fall and football season. Health food, these are not, but biting into one of the warm, melty, toasted miniature sandwiches is good for your mental health — which is just as important, right? I like to make these sandwiches for company because they can be prepped a few hours ahead and then popped into the oven when the crowd arrives. They're so quick and easy you even can make them while you visit with your friends and family.