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Simple Meals: A Bear Family Favorite

Mr. Bear is the homebody when it comes to cooking. If it isn’t pasta based, pancakes, or French toast, I generally cry “Uncle!” and yield the kitchen to someone better suited. Baking is more my forte and I’m happy to stick to it. But every once in a while I’m pushed to actually make a [...]


Nut Butter Granola Bars

I cannot say enough good things about the cookbook The Family Cooks. If there’s one cookbook to own, this is what I recommend, especially if you don’t necessarily consider yourself a whiz in the kitchen. It’s not too basic (I don’t need directions to roast basic vegetables, vegetable by vegetable), it doesn’t expect me to make [...]


A Cake for All Seasons

I love chocolate cake. I don’t care if it’s store-bought, from a box, or lovingly homemade…there’s just something about chocolate cake that gets me. Every year on my birthday growing up, I requested a Duncan Hines fudge cake with fudge frosting. Now that I’m the resident cake-baker, I love to try new recipes. I’m constantly [...]

pesto chicken sandwich

Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

I’m always looking for new chicken recipes because we always have chicken breasts on hand. I stumbled upon this quick and easy recipe last week and it was a big hit with me and my cowboys! Using and adapting this recipe, here’s what you’ll need (my wordy notes and adaptations in italics): Basil pesto (you [...]


A Twist on a Side: Broccoli Bagna Cauda

I often resort to roasted vegetables or a salad when it comes to trying to get vegetables into our family. This is a different twist on a classic roasted veggie dish. I cut my prep time by getting a large bag of pre-cut broccoli from Costco – I’m all about shortcuts when it comes to [...]


Brown Butter Toffee Blondies

Summer means barbecues, potlucks and parties. And accompanying invitations to all of these is usually a request to bring along a dish; in my case, it’s always dessert. But there are two little problems with the outdoor dinners of summer: transportation and no refrigeration. I can’t bring along a cake, because the frosting will slide [...]


They say that breads are high in salt, so I thought I could make a better go of it making things myself. A biscuit recipe I made the other day called for a teaspoon of salt, which I realized was 2,325 mg of sodium in the 15 biscuits it yielded – that’s 155mg of sodium per [...]

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