Snickerdoodles

Cinnamon, sugar, butter — and the puffy-soft/slightly crispy texture is what makes this classic cookie one of my favorites.  The key is just the right ratio of ingredients, and using baking soda and cream of tartar for leavening. Here’s a bonus – this is recipe is supremely easy to throw together — no need for…

Beef Chili

Rich chilies, tangy tomatoes and savory beef make a bowl of chili a homey, soul satisfying classic.  A friend had a bonanza of grass fed ground beef, and I was the happy recipient of her largesse.  This bowl of chili was the result. Chili is fast, nourishing, and tasty.  The key?  Good chili powder.  There…

Homemade Hummus

Smooth, tasty, and as old school as it gets — homemade hummus is really simple.  This classic chickpea and tahini dish has been made for centuries in the middle east — no food processors needed.  (But if you have one, it takes less effort.) Learn to make hummus at home and you will be a…

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup is velvety, tasty, nutritionally loaded – and surprisingly simple to make. There are many varieties of squash, but nothing rivals the queenly butternut squash in this soup because of its smooth, creamy texture. Sauted onion creates a savory base, and a touch of spice lends interest to the otherwise sweet and pleasing…