Stories by Alison Ladman

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pamper mom with dainty tea sandwiches

Some moms want a spa day. Some moms crave chocolate. And some moms just want a little fancy pampering. If your mom falls into that last category, consider throwing her a tea party this Mother's ...
By Alison Ladman

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Use beet in chocolate cake for richness

Mom always said to eat your vegetables. So call this getting even … Make her vegetables as a Mother's Day dessert.
By Alison Ladman

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

10 fresh ideas for turning toast into something exciting

We're not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic, open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings. Then again, maybe it doesn't much matter.
By Alison Ladman

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Unique twists on classic mac-n-cheese guaranteed to please

Do you love macaroni and cheese? Stupid question, right? OK, so let's try this one: How could you love macaroni and cheese even more? Now we're talking.
By Alison Ladman

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Jazz up an Oscars party with cheese, fresh toppings

The problem with hosting an Oscars viewing party is that the bar is set impossibly high. How does a mere mortal offer food on par with all that conspicuous glamour and celebrity? Actually, it's ...
By Alison Ladman

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

1 pork tenderloin, 3 fresh ways to serve it

Thinly sliced, pork tenderloins can be paired with any number of sauces or toppings.
By Alison Ladman

Cookie inspired by Reese's NutRageous bars

This cookie was all about packing an outrageous number of peanuts into one small, but so-very-delicious package.
By Alison Ladman

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Twix candy bars inspire chocolate-caramel treat

So how do you eat a Twix bar? With our cookies, it doesn’t much matter. We’ve taken the things we love about Twix and combined them into one terrific bar cookie.
By Alison Ladman

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

10 fresh ways to make mashed potatoes tastier

Truth is, mashed potatoes don't need a whole lot of love to come out pretty darn amazing. A little butter (OK, a lot), a little cream or milk (OK, a lot), a bit of salt and pepper, and some muscle ...
By Alison Ladman

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Bark inspired by Butterfinger

You may not lay a finger on anyone's Butterfinger, but you will want to grab a plateful of this Butterfinger-inspired holiday bark.
By Alison Ladman

Knish is cold-weather comfort food

Potato knishes aree the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine - a baked (though sometimes fried) light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables (often potatoes) or meat.
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
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