Stories by Alison Ladman

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Recipes keep tomatoes tasty

Summer tends to bring an abundance of tomatoes, and after a while we find ourselves hankering for something with a little more oomph. And a salad just isn't cutting it.
By Alison Ladman

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Potato salad has a patriotic side

Thanks to red and purple potatoes, roasted red peppers, cubes of white goat cheese, and several cups of blueberries, the American flag is well represented for dish.
By Alison Ladman

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dessert is perfect for Mother's Day treat

The secret to this simple Mother's Day dessert is frozen puff pastry. It is easy to work with and bakes up into a deliciously flaky pastry.
By Alison Ladman

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

A taste of home for Mardi Gras

While there are several basic approaches to jambalaya - Creole and Cajun among them - there really are endless variations on this dish of rice, meat and seafood.
By Alison Ladman

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013

Cookie is enriched with browned butter flavors

For this cookie, we created a hybrid of two of our favorite treats - fig bars and jam-filled thumbprint cookies.
By Alison Ladman

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013

Macaroons should bring equatorial mood

Face it: The dark days of winter might bring the holidays, but they also bring a longing for warmer, sunnier weather. So we decided to give a tropical makeover to a classic cookie: the macaroon.
By Alison Ladman

Kitchen sink cookies earn name

This is the cookie to make when you're looking to clean out the cupboards. They're packed with all manner of treats - and oddities - from rolled oats, chocolate chips and even coffee grounds ...
By Alison Ladman

Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

Raisins pair peanut butter, 'jelly' in holiday classic

Peanut butter cookies can be spiked with a "jelly" of finely chopped golden raisins.
By Alison Ladman

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

Apple-orange spice drops full of holiday flavor

These drop cookies are fast and easy to make, but they deliver big, bold flavor just right for the holidays.
By Alison Ladman

Fruity inspirations: ice cream cone date bars

Combine crushed ice cream sugar cones, toasted pecans and jammy cooked dates for a delicious cookie bar.
By Alison Ladman

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Fruity inspirations: mango marshmallow bars

This bar cookie has all the makings of classic summer s'mores - graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow - but with a decidedly more festive sensibility.
By Alison Ladman

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

No-bake cranberry coconut bites

For anyone who loves macaroons, these chewy, cranberry-speckled no-bake cookies should help you satisfy your coconut cravings.
By Alison Ladman

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

Fruit, topping add flavor to oatmeal cookies

These are no ordinary oatmeal cookies. In addition to studding them with chewy, sweet dried blueberries, we've also given them a sugary-and-salty topping.
By Alison Ladman

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

The 12 Cookies of Christmas: Honeyed apricot tassies small enough to serve as a cookie

Honeyed apricot tassies feature golden apricots spiked with honey and amaretto.
By Alison Ladman

Fuss-free party fare an easy fix

Fantasizing about throwing a big holiday bash but fearful you'll spend the whole party in the kitchen? We've assembled an easy mix-and-match approach to holiday entertaining.
By Alison Ladman

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Cherry lime brownies simply delicious

Swirl lime marmalade and cherry jam over a rich brownie base studded with chocolate chunks and dried cherries.
By Alison Ladman

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Brussels sprouts to be thankful for

Skip the plain steamed vegetables this year and dress up those Brussels sprouts
By Alison Ladman

Leeks add nice touch to mashed potatoes

Melting --it's really braising -- leeks for mashed potatoes adds a delicious touch to the traditional side.
By Alison Ladman

Add savory touch to sweet potatoes

Swirl mashed sweet potatoes with Parmesan cheese and pureed cauliflower for a great new taste at the Thanksgiving table
By Alison Ladman

Embrace casserole-dish stuffing

Stop fussing over whether to prepare your Thanksgiving stuffing inside or alongside the turkey. Your life will be so much easier if you just embrace the wonder that is casserole dish stuffing.
By Alison Ladman
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