Stories by Alison Ladman

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

It's a Super Bowl mind meld: Guac and potato skins

For this easy Super Bowl snack, we combined two of our favorite gameday indulgences - guacamole and roasted potato skins.
By Alison Ladman

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Crunchy, crispy wings could be win for gameday

We created these hands-off chicken wings that require almost no effort. Yet, they are every bit as crispy and addictive as a traditional recipe.
By Alison Ladman

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Even turkey lovers might crave this vegetarian dish

This year, we decided to create a vegetarian main dish that the carnivores at the table will want too (and can treat it as a side dish).
By Alison Ladman

Inside or out, stuffing essential for the feast

Ah, but the stuffing. That one is more complicated. It's hard to argue with the fact that a stuffed bird is more beautiful.
By Alison Ladman

5 takes on green beans make side delicious

If you really must clutter up the table with green beans, at least make them truly delicious. Here are five delicious and easy ways to dress your green beans.
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
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