Roasted Kale “Chips”

I made roasted kale last night for dinner and I could not believe how absolutely delicious it was. I had set my expectations low as I had tried a pre-packaged bag of roasted kale from my local food co-op “Just like potato chips!” the package boasted. Not so much. However, as a vegetable on your […]

Lunchbox ideas for kids with food allergies

Dear Cooks: I have a 5 year old who has very bad food allergies. Here is a list of things that my son can not have or things that is made with it: wheat, eggs, dairy, sea food, peanuts, tree-nuts. With me packing his lunch every day for school I’m fresh out of ideas. I […]

Can you freeze cheesecake?

Dear Cooks: I look at Rach’s daily morning program everyday. Thanks for your meals/recipes and ideas. I want to know whether I can freeze a homemade cheesecake? and for how long? Thanks, Cyndi Dear Cyndi: You are in luck – cheesecakes freeze incredibly well. To freeze, place the cooled cheesecake on a baking pan and […]


Lettuce recipes?

Dear Cooks: How about some ideas for using an overabundance of lettuce? We get a lot of lettuce in our CSA box and just can’t eat it all before the next week. Thanks, Lettuce Lover Dear LL: Here are a few quick ideas on how to use your lettuce, beyond salad: Replace a bun with lettuce […]


Easy Popovers

Popovers are like magic. You take a few simple ingredients – all of which you probably have on hand – and poof, out comes puffed golden airy beautiful buttery deliciousness. When it comes to popovers, it’s all about timing. You have to eat them quickly (honestly, it’s mandatory)  before they collapse like a souffle so […]


Two hours of work = pesto for the year

For the past ten plus years my husband and I have taken a weekend afternoon in late summer and made pesto, assembly line style. Depending on how much basil we have (from plants in our yards, pilfered from his mother’s, or if our plants had a bad year, local basil from the grocery store), we […]

Is it safe to eat sprouted potatoes?

Dear Cooks: Is it safe to eat potatoes when the eyes have sprouted? I have heard that they can be poisonous but have a hard time believing it – what’s the scoop? Thanks, Bob A. Dear Bob: A sprout of any size can be toxic, but you’d have to eat many sprouts to get sick. […]

How do you dispose of old cooking grease?

Grease happens. Whether you are frying bacon or chicken, you are left with a hot mess. Do you ever wonder what exactly you are supposed to do with it? Save it? Toss it? Freeze it? Here is the scoop on disposing leftover cooking fat or oil: Do not pour down the drain. I repeat, do not […]

Nectarines vs. Peaches

Dear Cooks: This may sound like a silly question, but can nectarines always be used as a substitute for peaches? They seem interchangeable. Thanks! Sue A. Dear Sue: You are correct – they are interchangeable. A nectarine is basically a bald peach and can be used as a substitution for peaches in recipes. Many people […]