Adding a new twist to an old classic is a great way to revive a recipe and try something new.
Home cook Careema Bell got creative with her favorite tomato and mozzarella panzanella (Italian bread salad).
Her dessert version features strawberries with toasted bread cubes tossed with brown sugar and butter. Talk about yum! … Read the rest
Citrus adds zing to everything it touches, from baked goods to meat on the grill to soups and salads.
Home cook Glenda Moore makes orange the flavor star of this marvelous cake. One bite and you’ll be hooked!
Orange Marmalade Cake
3 c cake flour
1/2 tsp baking soda … Read the rest
We love the all-American burger and hot dogs have their place, but there is just something extra-satisfying about a perfectly grilled steak at a cookout.
Seasoned cook Scott Anderson created this recipe to celebrate the flank steak, which he says is “an often misused piece of beef” since it can become tough if mishandled. Long marinating in a nutty sesame dressing paired with a quick hot grill coaxes out tenderness and delicious flavor every time.… Read the rest
Beyond tasting good, sometimes the most important thing about a recipe is the memories behind it.
Home cook Susan Swanson remembers her father making this cake often for company outings and potlucks. He said it was easy to remember the ingredients because there were two of almost everything!
While this sweet, nutty, moist cake is delicious, it’s probably the memories of her father that keep Susan coming back for more.… Read the rest
Fresh is usually best, and what’s fresher than straight-from-the-garden veggies?!
Eggplant is the name of Grishma Shah’s game. She recently won a Blue Ribbon for her cool and creamy Raita, an eggplant dip with flavor galore! “My family recipe… has been passed to generations from my grandma to my mom, aunts and so on. I learnt it from one of my aunts who still makes it the best of all.” The secret to Grishma’s delicious success dwells within her inspired combination of peanuts, cilantro and chilies.… Read the rest
There’s a time and a place for a cake mix. When you’re in a pinch, a boxed mix gets dessert on the table fast, and allows you to check one more thing off your list!
But beyond cake, use these convenient mixes for cookies too! Home cook Sherry Symmonds includes cream cheese for flavor and to keep her cake mix cookies moist.… Read the rest
Home cook Deneece took full advantage of this tasty berry in her wonderfully moist Blackberry Cake. She creatively incorporates blackberry-flavored wine, pie filling and actual berries in the batter, filling and decorations ensuring a burst of blackberry goodness in every bite! … Read the rest
Real butter just seems to make everything better. Don’t you agree?! Home cook Mary Louise inherited this buttery delight of a recipe from her grandmother, and says it’s always been a hit with family and friends. While the homemade cranberry cake can definitely hold its own, the warm lemon-butter sauce makes this cake simply extraordinary! … Read the rest
They say you eat with your eyes first, and it’s true: a pretty presentation makes a tasty dish even better. This recipe from home cook Cassandra Nasr, is beautiful inside and out.
At first glance you see a chewy chocolate cookie topped with a maraschino cherry and nestled into a sugary frosting. On the inside you get an ultra-chocolatey cookie, cream spiked with rum extract and candied cherry flavor.… Read the rest
Simply superb! Georgia gal Diane Hughes’ moist and tasty Almond Joy Cake is, indeed, pure joy. Not only does this cake boast the trifecta of chocolate, toasted coconut and almonds, but it’s also a cinch to make! (Shhh… Your guests will never know that this decadent recipe started with a boxed cake mix!) Don’t let the notion of a layer cake intimidate you.… Read the rest