Cheesy & Garlicky Crispy-Fried Tofu Stix, Sprinkled Liberally With The Seasoning Of TLC

Cheesy & Garlicky Crispy-Fried Tofu Stix, Sprinkled Liberally With The Seasoning Of TLC post image

It's no secret that human beings benefit greatly from healthy and frequent doses of tender, loving care— frankly, we were created to thrive on the stuff. And it's no surprise that all of the beauty, and all of those good qualities that have been placed within us at the point of our beginnings, are more easily elicited out of us when those responsible for raising us up sprinkle us—season us—with liberal amounts of love, kindness, mercy and gentle guidance; it is a sort of “marinade” that ... {more please!}

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Dip, And Letting My Cravings Do The Cooking

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Dip, And Letting My Cravings Do The Cooking post image

I had a couple of different recipe ideas to choose from this week, and ended up going back and forth several times as I tried to decide which one would win the coveted position for this particular recipe post. Well, as you can see, my snacking side got the better of me, as I've been desperately craving another hot and cheesy dip lately, one that I can slather all over some nice, rustic and spicy tortilla chips of some kind. This morning when I made my ... {more please!}

A Cozy After-School Special: Pepperoni & Cheese “Calzonies”, Made With The Help Of Little Fingers

A Cozy After-School Special: Pepperoni & Cheese “Calzonies”, Made With The Help Of Little Fingers post image

Hands down, I would have to say that some of my fondest memories of a fun time cooking in my kitchen are those that include my son, in his younger years, helping me out in some way. Whether I gave him the simple yet important task of simultaneously stirring and keeping an eye on the contents of a pot or pan while those ingredients caramelized or sauteed; whether I asked him to add a pinch or two of a few different seasonings or spices of his ... {more please!}

A Cozy After-School Snack: Broccoli & Cheddar-Parmesan Dip Makes For The Tastiest Broccoli Ever

A Cozy After-School Snack: Broccoli & Cheddar-Parmesan Dip Makes For The Tastiest Broccoli Ever post image

I have to confess right off the bat that broccoli is one of those veggies — those pesky little “green thingies” — that my son has actually never turned his nose up at, luckily for me. Oh, he'd turned his nose up at plenty throughout his younger years, don't get me wrong; but for some reason, broccoli has always been one veg amongst a very small handful of others that I could safely rely on to fairly easily count towards the daily veggie quota. For me, ... {more please!}

A Cozy After-School Special: Crispy Parmesan-Cauliflower “Poppers”, The Perfect Veggie To Pop

A Cozy After-School Special: Crispy Parmesan-Cauliflower “Poppers”, The Perfect Veggie To Pop post image

If you're anything like me, you've had to use your share of pleading or deal-making to get your kids to eat their veggies. Sure, some kids are natural-born lovers of vegetables, but they seem to be in the minority. Most of the time, we parents try to entice that appetite for vegetables to appear with promises of dessert afterwards; or by explaining that the veggies will be “sad” if they're left out and not eaten; or that only the amount of bites equal to the age ... {more please!}

A Cozy Appetizer: Double Crunch, Sweet Maui Onion Rings, Definitely Worth Crying Over

A Cozy Appetizer: Double Crunch, Sweet Maui Onion Rings, Definitely Worth Crying Over post image

You see, I've had this hankering for some hot, crispy onion rings for quite some time now, and I think it's about time I do something about it. It's been far too long since I've picked up a glistening, freshly-fried little onion ring and took that first break-through-the-center bite; that bite that exposes a soft, sweet onion-y middle. No more fantasizing, no more dreaming; no more putting off the inevitable comforting goodness that freshly prepared onion rings can provide. I'm through with thinking that at some ... {more please!}

A Cozy Appetizer: Stuffed Mini Portobellos, Happily Stuffed To The Gills With Both Savory & Sweet

A Cozy Appetizer: Stuffed Mini Portobellos, Happily Stuffed To The Gills With Both Savory & Sweet post image

Where a perfect balance of savory and sweet is found, there delicious complexity resides, and magic can be tasted. After all, how would one know the joy of something sweet on the tongue without ever having experienced the depth of something savory, or vice versa? What could either one be compared against if it wasn't for its opposite? It seems to me that blandness would dominate without the opposite yet equally necessary natures of both sweet and savory, as individually, they each bring only one side ... {more please!}

A Cozy Appetizer: “French Onion Soup” Stix, A Whacky Take On An Old Fave

A Cozy Appetizer: “French Onion Soup” Stix, A Whacky Take On An Old Fave post image

As you can probably tell, sometimes I like to get a little whacky with my recipes. I think it's my way of not taking food, or myself, too seriously at all. I mean, let's face it, food is fun! It's meant to be played with in creative ways. Unique presentations of some old favorites are always a good thing; they bring an element of surprise and freshness to a classic that we love and know well, making it interesting and even a touch whimsical. And the ... {more please!}

A Cozy Appetizer: Grilled Steak & Avocado Salsa Crostini, And Stealing A Bite From A Still Moment

A Cozy Appetizer: Grilled Steak & Avocado Salsa Crostini, And Stealing A Bite From A Still Moment post image

It is a sweet sigh of relief that escapes from my lips when the chores on my mid-morning checklist are accomplished. With April now here, there's an inviting warmth to the floral spring breeze as it teases my spirit ever so playfully through the open windows of my kitchen while I work to hurry up and finish what I'm doing and go out and play. You see, this breeze wants to be acknowledged and enjoyed; it's looking for someone to caress, and it longs to be ... {more please!}

A Cozy Appetizer: Kale & Artichoke Dip With Five Cheeses, Outrageously Delicious

A Cozy Appetizer: Kale & Artichoke Dip With Five Cheeses, Outrageously Delicious post image

There are times I'm just not interested in how many calories and fat grams are in something. If I've decided that I'm going to splurge, then let the splurging begin, and not another thought on the matter. And because I consider myself a person that tends to eat predominantly on the “healthier side” of the food spectrum, when I decide to indulge a little, then I do it with full enjoyment and with disregard for the damage I'm about to incur, calorically. The way I look ... {more please!}