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How To Clean Removable Waffle And Grill Plates

One of the reasons why I chose my awesome waffle iron and incredible grill/griddle combo is that they both came with removable, dishwasher-safe plates. I imagined how easy they would be to clean. But even my powerful dishwasher was no match for the burnt on, sticky messes that I routinely make of those plates. When […]


Soup Socks, My New Favorite Kitchen Item

I can’t believe I’m writing an entire post about Soup Socks, but here I am. I was going to wait and put together a post like “Five Helpful Kitchen Items You Need To Buy Right Now,” but it’s late and I’m tired and I just want to spread the word to the soup and sauce […]


Take the Pompeian Pledge For August!

[The following post is sponsored by Pompeian.] When Pompeian asked me to write a sponsored post about olive oil, I told myself that it would be a no-brainer. I already use a lot of olive oil when cooking. It’s delicious on pasta and pizza (and I eat a lot of pasta and pizza!). I always […]


Easy Blackened Chicken Recipe

I posted a picture of my husband’s favorite chicken on Instagram earlier, and my friend Christy requested the recipe. Happy to post it – it’s so easy even this vegetarian can do it! My husband used to stop by the grocery store on his way home from work on Fridays and buy one of their […]

Awesome, Easy Indoor Winter Gardening

[I received a complimentary AeroGarden and starter seed kit to review.] Usually around this time of year I’m looking wistfully out of the window into my backyard, wondering when I’ll be able to get out there are start planting. But not this year, because I’ve been growing things all winter! I was really excited when […]

How To Spatchcock A Chicken

There are two great reasons to spatchcock a chicken. One, you get to say the word “spatchcock.” It’s really fun to say. Two, you can cook a whole chicken in half an hour. The word spatchcock, which is supposedly of Irish origin, basically means to butterfly by taking the backbone out. I used this recipe, […]

Easy And Delicious From Homemade With Love

I’ve already written about the lovely launch party I went to last week for my friend Jennifer’s new cookbook Homemade With Love. And the baking lesson I took Fiona to and the wonderful cheese crackers the kids and I made. It was all fun and delicious. But here’s a little confession: as fun as it […]

Super Easy Ranch Roasted Cauliflower

[I wrote this post as part of my compensated ambassadorship with Hidden Valley Ranch’s Love Your Veggies program.] I just made this for lunch: If you like Hidden Valley Ranch on your salad, you’ll love the tangy flavor on roasted cauliflower! To be honest, I hate cutting cauliflower as much as I love eating it. […]

Jennifer Perillo guests on a podcast

So occasionally I post my Blogging Angels podcasts here. I don’t do it all the time, because often they’re geared more toward bloggers and pr pros. But our latest one is one of those that everyone will appreciate, thanks to our awesome guest, Jennifer Perillo. She’s a food writer, blogger, and all-around great person. You […]

How to make perfect pancakes

I make pancakes every weekend, and on an occasional weekday if the kids beg hard. Sometimes I make my own batter, but most of the time I use Aunt Jemima Complete mix – just add water! I’ve learned a few useful things over the years: Whether you’re using an electric griddle or a pan, let […]