You’ll Love This Fresh and Easy Bean Dip for New Year’s

Fresh black bean dip recipe from

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a true confession on the blog. True confession. This wasn’t initially intended to be a dip. But when I made it yesterday to go with the delicious arapas that my son was making, we all fell in love. I knew that it would also be perfect with chips or […]

One Surprisingly Sweet Way To Serve Zucchini For Dessert

Zucchini Crisp Recipe from Bits of Ivory

If it wasn’t so tasty, it would be a weed. I’ve rarely met a gardener who grows zucchini who doesn’t have an over-abundance to share. I love it with pasta, in sauces, stuffed and sauteed. I like it in the famous sweet bread, and even cookies. But by the end of zucchini season, when the […]

Win the Cookbook That Will Make You Fearless in the Kitchen

Cook's Illustrated Cookbook Giveaway

It had to be some kind of magic. Not dark magic, the good kind. The kind that fairy godmothers had. And my mother had it too. We watched in awe as she added several not-so-tasty ingredients to a giant bowl and mixed them together. We were entranced as she kneaded, allowing the day’s frustrations to work […]

How to Make Tantalizing British-Style Scones

British-Style Scones

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a woman in possession of every Jane Austen book must be in want of a scone. Milly is home from her mission, and it’s time to get caught up on all of our British favorites. A little bit of Jane Austen. A few seasons of Downton Abby. Several hours of […]

Easy Chicken Tostadas For Celebrating On A Busy Day

Chicken tostadas with spicy cabbage slaw

With one missionary nearing the end of her mission and another just beginning his, Mother’s Day this year was simply going to be extra-special. I would be getting two Mother’s Day phone calls and my heart was filled to overflowing. My mother-in-law was joining us for the day, and because food is an important part of every celebration, we needed something fun […]