Mom of 7 and culinary graduate (1993), I write about food at Cooking with Anne, Family.com where I am known as Short Order Mom, at A Thousand Soups and here at Half Hour Meals.
Anything Mediterranean - olives, tomatoes, olive oil, roasted red peppers, hummus, pita, goat cheese - and chocolate. I would never turn down a bowl of tapenade or a pissaladiera!
Adapted from Myra Goodman's Raspberry Corn Muffin recipe (in Food to Live By), these muffins are moist and delicious with a texture that I really like. The kids loved them, too.
This is really delicious. I love the bright flavors of orange, ginger and mint, and combined they are refreshing and wonderful. Tabbouleh is very easy to make and budget-friendly, as well.
Whoopie pies are wonderful, but pumpkin whoopie pies are bliss!
This is an adaptation of a BH&G recipe. I didn't have the nuts called for and chose a different dairy source. The result was pure perfection and they are requested (even for money!) all the time.
I seem to be on a super-easy soup kick lately, and that's a good thing for the rest of you. A couple weeks ago I wasn't feeling too well and just about any food available was looking rather unappetizing. The first day I felt a little more like eating, I threw together a few things I had on-hand and turned out this soup. Once I researched a bit it turns out this is nothing new at all. Don't be afraid to add chopped kale or freshly grated ginger to this, it will only make it better.
Whole wheat pita can be expensive, but it's so easy to make that there's just no reason to pay more than you should.
This was thrown together for lunch in a mere 30 minutes. I had several leftovers - I've listed which components were leftovers.
This cake, from a family friend, was made with oleo- a.k.a. margarine -but I've replaced it with real butter. This is absolutely sinful and a must try for anyone who loves rich cake.
Short on time and big on flavor, these are served at our annual harvest party and there's never any leftover!
What makes these eggs "Italian"? A movie! Moonstruck, to be exact. There is a scene in Moonstruck where Cher's character is making breakfast and she hollows out a slice of bread, tosses it in a frying pan and adds an egg to the hollowed out center. From the time I first saw that movie (long time ago!) I've been making this particular variation of those eggs.
Non-traditional, but oh-so-good, these pasties go together easily and bake quickly for a warm and delicious handheld dinner.
I do believe chuck roast is one of the finest foods known to man. It fits my new 'slow' outlook on life and is well worth the wait. It absolutely takes me home - simple, delicious and hearty.
This is very reminiscent of pesto and so good even the youngest of my kids loved it! Simple and delicious. This doubles and beyond very easily.
This is the best chocolate cake I've ever had; moist, flavorful and frugal! It's also vegan and costs less than $3 including the icing! We make this often here and the kids adore it.
Bright with the flavor of lemon, this side dish made with Orzo, a classic Greek pasta, is very simple to make.
I used to pay big money to get good hummus and then I started making my own. Not only did it taste better, but it's so much cheaper that I don't buy the pre-made stuff any longer.
Warning to the faint of heart: Don't eat this more than once a year! A friend asked for a pie like this that he had heard rumors about. I couldn't find a recipe, so I devised this one.
This recipe literally takes minutes to make. Angel Hair pasta cooks in a mere 4 minutes! Toss it with the rest of the ingredients and you have a meal in no time.
This is the most popular baked-good I make in my home. The kids can't get enough and they are so moist and delicious. Yes, there is olive oil in them - please don't skip it - it's part of what adds such wonderful moisture to them. Makes 24 regular sized muffins or 12 large
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