rachel's recipes

Rachel's Recipes: Turn up the heat with spicy Thai dish

Soaring summertime heat always sends me in search of spicy food. Maybe it’s the idea that at least if I’m heating myself up on the inside, I have some kind of control over my ...

Rachel's Recipes: Stuffed mushrooms can be more than an appetizer

Those of us who are currently observing Lent are likely scrambling to provide our families with vegetarian meals every Friday. There is no doubt that our society is heavy on the ...

Rachel's Recipes: Options endless with chili

Some who have followed my column online may have noticed that I have come under fire in the past for sharing recipes that use meat. Not all of my recipes use animal products — s ...

Rachel's Recipes: Cutlets are good anytime

Turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving and this week’s recipe should give you an idea or two. Turkey cutlets are tricky. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen them on sa ...

Roast chicken a multi-purpose, affordable meal

One of the first meals I ever made entirely by myself was a roast chicken. I am fairly certain I saw the recipe in a teen magazine and this was the recommendation for “date nig ...

Bell peppers are perfect for stuffing

I used to think of stuffed bell peppers as a retro, sort of nasty dish. I think I remember my mom making it for us when I was younger, and I think I didn’t like it back then. I ...

Balsamic chicken is a simple, yet delicious dish

We eat a lot of chicken at our house (obviously! I think next week might be chicken, too), and I’m always trying to come up with new ways to serve it. Time is also of the essence ...

Sizzling dinner satisfies with fresh herbs, chicken

I think that if you have access to fresh herbs they make a world of difference in everyday cooking. I have every intention of creating an herb garden this year because I know I sp ...

Secret ingredient in this cake will please parents

It’s getting hot (seems like summer is well on its way), and if you have family or friends who like to garden, you know what’s coming. I am always shocked by the gigantic homeg ...

Spring means it’s time for asparagus and leek soup

It’s here! It’s here! Spring has arrived. Actually, a couple of weeks ago I thought we’d skipped spring entirely and gone into summer. With spring comes asparagus season. I ...

Blondies have more fun

I seem to be on a sweet kick lately, and bar-type cookies especially. I had a dear friend (hi, Peggy!) ask me if I had a blondie recipe and I had to admit that I really didn’t. H ...

No microwave? No worries with this food-stuffed pocket

Cooking for a family certainly does bring out your creativity. Recently, our microwave died. If you’d asked me, I’d have said that I really don’t even use this appliance … ...

Having a devil of a time finding use for Easter eggs

One of the things that has always befuddled me about Easter is the egg dyeing. I loved it as a kid, and enjoy it with our kids to this day, but you always end up with a whole rain ...

Gooey chocolate bars sweeten up Easter table

My last column claimed that I try to come up with recipes that are healthy and family-friendly. This week’s offering is not healthy, but it’s definitely family-friendly (unles ...

Spinach, chicken make winning combination

As a mother, I try to find recipes that are easy to prepare and are appealing to the entire family. My three stepkids range in age from 16 to 9 and their taste buds vary as much as ...
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