Must-Have Party Recipes: Foods That Go Quickly at Parties.

With Christmas and New Year’s Eve festivities just around the corner, here are some recipes for party foods that are known to be devoured in no time. An empty dish versus food that sits around and gets cold is a good sign! (Remember to check our winter and holiday hours before you head out to…

Spanakopita & Festive Veggie Recipes

Holidays are a time of feasting. But that doesn’t have to mean we forget about vegetables for the whole month of December. With other holiday meals, there’s much more leeway than with Thanksgiving meals, which, let’s face it, just wouldn’t be complete without the buttery rolls, stuffing, and pie. As you’re planning your holiday menu, here are some…

Savoring Southern Collard Greens

  I keep a mental map with pins that mark favorite restaurants.  The Collegeville, PA deli where I first introduced my husband to Philly-style hoagies.  The ice cream stand by Lake Wallenpaupack that churns the creamiest ice cream this side of heaven.  The tiny Filipino restaurant in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood that bakes soft, savory-sweet empanadas….

Two Easy Bean Soups for Busy December Evenings

  Last October, the Onion published an article that began, “Immediately after sitting down on the living room couch and covering herself in a large cotton blanket, area girlfriend Amanda Bettman, 28, announced her intentions Monday to remain in this state for the next five calendar months.” This satirical article captured my exact plan.  How did they know?!  Winter…

Tomato Spinach Pasta: Making it On My Own

Meals that I made when I moved into my first apartment stay in my memory and remain my favorites.   Frying up an omelet and adding anything I had on hand– caramelized onions, tomatoes, sometimes even corn or black beans– was a sign not just of creativity but of independence.  Being resourceful meant that I was…

Make Room for Mushrooms: Mushroom-Swiss Sandwich

I have to admit, it’s been a long while since I’ve felt like sunbathing, and I feel like I’m running low on Vitamin D, that vitamin so renowned for strengthening bones as it helps the body absorb calcium.  If you haven’t felt much like picnicking in the snow and soaking up sunshine, there’s good news…

The Glory of Greens

Greens deserve a lot more credit in our dietary lineup than they often receive. Not only do they go swimmingly with many summer meals, but they are some the most nutrition-savvy add-ons we can join into our munching minutes. With a European origin, Swiss Chard is in the family of beets. Red, green, and the…