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Honey makes everything sweeter

May 15, 2013 When it was revealed to us that the Tribune Cooks recipes this month were to contain a common ingredient, honey, I knew this would be a challenge. I seldom use honey. more »»

Sweet family’s sweet muffins

May 8, 2013 Not long ago, my grocery store of choice stopped carrying my favorite gluten-free breakfast bars. I liked to take these fruit-flavored bars to work to have for a late-morning snack. more »»

No-bake recipe is easy as pie

April 24, 2013 There were just two days to go until my cooking story deadline, and not only did I not have something written, but I didn’t have anything to writ. more »»

Pot pie sliders make use of muffin pan

April 17, 2013 If there’s anything I like, it’s using one thing for, like, 10 things. It isn’t just a phone, it’s a camera / computer / game console / TV / calculator and so on. more »»

Buy me some Cracker Jack cheesecake

April 10, 2013 A couple of years ago, my Tribune Cooks assignment fell the Wednesday before opening day of the baseball season, so I created hot dog recipes inspired by the Cleveland Indians. more »»

Mini pies make for easy dinners

April 3, 2013 We seem to be in a pie mood here at the Tribune Chronicle, so the review copy I received of “175 Best Mini Pie Recipes” by Julie Anne Hession couldn’t have come at a better tim. more »»

Sugar cream pie is southern-sweet

March 20, 2013 My quest to replicate a recipe for Sugar Cream Pie started with a story my friend told me about the pie his grandmother used to make when he was a child. more »»

Fruit puff creation is a touchdown

March 13, 2013 I was invited to a Super Bowl party at a friend’s house last month, and as always, I wanted to bring a covered dish. more »»

You say potato, I say delicious

March 6, 2013 I was all set to make some old-fashioned chicken and waffles for my Tribune Cooks, but for some reason, last night my mouse-clicking finger was drawn to Buzzfeed, also known as the place to waste... more »»

Grits or polenta, by any name it’s good

February 27, 2013 Italian polenta and southern grits aren’t exactly the same thing. more »»

Sprucing up side dishes

February 20, 2013 Let’s be honest. Potatoes are very healthy and full of vitamins, but most people use them simply as a vehicle for fattening sauces, cheese, sour cream, butter and bacon. more »»

Cookies just like Mom used to make

February 12, 2013 I was a really lucky kid growing up — my mom stayed home with my three siblings and me until my brother, the youngest, was in kindergarten. more »»

Pudding parfait is sure to delight

February 6, 2013 Pudding parfait is something my family has been obsessed with since the early- to mid-1990s. more »»

Round steak great option for beef tips

January 30, 2013 When I was growing up, every year my mom would make a special meal for me and my brother on our birthdays. more »»

Taking popcorn to the next level

January 23, 2013 For the Tribune Cooks feature, I have largely been trying to replicate dishes I have tried at restaurants. more »»

Charm party guests

January 16, 2013 Is it too early to start planning for the Super Bowl? For some it’s the Big Game. But let’s face it, unless a favorite team is playing, it really is the Big Party. more »»

Breadcrumbs don’t just come from a can

January 9, 2013 Even when I wasn’t working full time and leading a busy lifestyle, I hated taking the time to visit the grocery store. more »»

A new twist on traditional cookies

January 2, 2013 There comes a time when every cook gets to a point where they pretty much know what they’re doing. When you’re making something savory, you generally saute the onions firs. more »»

Dad’s stuffing is family tradition

December 26, 2012 Every Thanksgiving or Christmas, my family always looks forward to Dad’s stuffin. more »»

Memories the best part of holiday baking

December 19, 2012 According to my kids, there truly is nothing better than a heaping plate of freshly baked cookies at Christmastime. more »»



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