The Best Lazy Margherita Pizza

Last week I taught my most favorite cooking class thus far:  pizza-making.  Most people dial for pizza delivery (take-away).  But it’s so incredibly simple to make and what you get is sooooo much better and healthier than what’s available at most pizza joints, that you’ll be your own favorite pizzeria before too long.   Dough is the most crucial part of the…

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Moving to the UK, one of the foods the girls miss most is Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese.  Not exactly my favorite, with the neon orange cheeze powder, but they love that stuff nonetheless.  Occasionally it appears for about $5/package in the “American products” aisle of the grocery store.  Let me explain the “American products” aisle.  There are a fair amount of American…

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Tuna Nicoise Sandwiches

The girls and I just returned from a week of R&R in Florida with my parents (and a big 70th bday celebration for my mom…Happy Birthday Mom!!).  Beach time was definitely maximized:  long morning walks, shelling with the girls, afternoon picnics, sunset cocktails.  On our last day my dad picked up sub sandwiches for our final beach picnic.  I hadn’t…

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Whole Wheat Pancakes

Happy Fat Tuesday, Paczki Day, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, as it’s called here in the UK.  Whatever you call it, whether you celebrate it or not, it’s a good excuse for pancake dinner.    You’ll see that pancakes from scratch are quite simple.  From the photos you can see I get my daughters involved in making the batter, though they usually call…

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Chocolate Bumpy Cake

Love isn’t always smooth and pretty.  It can be a bit bumpy at times.  So this Valentine’s Day, don’t just celebrate love’s sweetness, but embrace those bumpy bits as well.  Particularly if they’re formed of buttercream and smothered in chocolate fudge sauce. Detroiters will recognize this Sanders classic, which they’ve been baking for over 100 years!   Though I grew up in the…

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Roasted Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto

  More veg, less meat.  That’s a big food trend this year, witnessed by the popularity of Meatless Mondays and vegetarian cookbooks such as Plenty More (see my Cauliflower Cake recipe).  People aren’t necessarily giving up meat and going vegetarian, but just trying to eat more vegetables and limit meat consumption.  Last summer my oldest daughter, Libby, out of the blue,…

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Baked Shrimp Scampi

Valentine’s Day is just over a week away.  Have you made plans for the most romantic evening of the year?  Sarcasm notwithstanding, it is a good excuse for a special meal with your sweetie(s).  Now you can choose to brave the dreary February weather, book far in advance and pay inflated menu prices.  Or you can do it the Katie way…

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Frittata

I can’t believe I watched the whole thing!!!!  Stayed up til the bitter end of the Super Bowl (or “The American Football Super Bowl” as referred to here), including post-game.  In the UK.  Till 3:30am.  Being a bit bleary-eyed and sleep-deprived (we didn’t have the post-Super Bowl snow day that most of the US mid-west and east coast got), coupled with…

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Perfect Green Salad Vinaigrette

Happy 21st, blog-post that is (birthday….I wish!!!  it’s dawning on me that I’m closer to 60 than to 21!!!  argh!!!).  Would have made more sense to celebrate my 20th blog post earlier this week, nice even number that it is, but I didn’t realize it was my big 2-0 until post-post.  So we’ll celebrate my 21st. I’ve learned so much…

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Maple Pecan Scones

Scones and I have a lukewarm relationship.  When they are warm, flaky, buttery, tender inside and with a bit of crunch outside they are a perfect food to wake up to.  But often they can be hard as hockey pucks, with a similar taste.  In the States scones come in an assortment of flavors – chocolate chip, raspberry, blueberry, lemon poppy seed –…

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