Salad art

I'm thrilled by the inherent beauty in freshly picked herbs, shimmering with dew; cracked pomegranates with glowing crimson seeds; rustic french bread, steam billowing from an airy interior; and the list goes on---I could wax ...

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Eat your brussels sprouts (no really, they’re fantastic)

  Why brussels sprouts (and broccoli, for that matter) get a bad rap is beyond me. When prepared well, they're a fantastic accompaniment to just about any meal. Also, it's a fallacy that you have to ...

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dry rub chicken wings

Dryglazed wings

Our sad little  gas grill is extremely neglected. After a few winters left uncovered, blanketed in snow, it's now pocked with rust, covered in a thin layer of dust and coated with remnants of burger ...

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bear hug cookies

5 steps to perfect royal icing sugar cookies

5 tips to help you make the perfect royal icing sugar cookies--from recipes to decorating.

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Milk and cookies

I'm happy to report that after nine months of a pregnancy-induced cooking strike, everyone in Casa DiCosola is once again well fed. Our newest addition is perhaps the most nourished of us all---and he has ...

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Smuggling pumpkins

It's an impossibly beautiful, crisp and sunny Chicago fall, my uterus is now the size of a pumpkin (how festive!), and the cooking strike in Casa DiCosola continues. Dinners these days consist of cinnamon toast ...

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Pickled pink (or blue?)

Hello my wonderful readers, are you still there? I've been MIA for a couple months, but I think I have the best excuse of them all: I've got a bun in the oven ... and it ...

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Greens on greens on greens

My garden is filling in nicely, and all this green has me inspired. This pasta salad is a little taste of spring---exploding with nutritional superstars. There are enough greens to make it healthy, but enough ...

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Better with Butter in Women’s Health

I'm famous y'all! Well, as famous as I've ever been (but not quite as famous as my husband, the Taco Bell TV commercial star). You can catch me and this little blog o' mine in the ...

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Photo Files: Confessions of a prop-aholic

My name is Jada and I have a problem. I can't stop bringing home props for my food photography. Gilded glass bowls from estate sales; fabric scraps from JoAnn's; paper straws from the dollar bins ...

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