From the Pantry: Tamari Soy Sauce (Tamari Almonds)

Tamari Almonds - Andrea Meyers

My first experience in an Asian grocery store was on the island of Saipan back in 1989. I was still new to the small island and its mix of cultures, and Asian ingredients were not part of my vocabulary, so browsing through a bewildering array of soy sauces left my head spinning and I couldn’t…

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Spinach and Tortellini Soup (The Kids Cook Monday)

Spinach and Tortellini Soup (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

It’s time for another post for The Kids Cook Monday, our chance to show how children can help in the kitchen and make meals more of a family time. For more information on how to start cooking with your whole family, visit The Kids Cook Monday website. This particular soup is easy, I mean really…

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Spicy Mexican Black Beans (The Kids Cook Monday)

Spicy Mexican Black Beans (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Some kind of Mexican food is on our menu every week, whether it’s tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, soup, whatever. It’s a meal our boys always look forward to, especially if there’s guacamole, too. We always have beans on the side, black beans being our favorite. We spice them up with onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle…

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Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

When our boys see Asian dishes on the menu, they tend to get excited. Builder Guy inevitably asks if we’re having Chinese dumplings with the meal, Top Gun requests Chinese chicken and broccoli whether it’s on the menu or not, and Monkey Boy says he just wants chicken (or a lollipop). Fortunately Monkey Boy generally…

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Good Bite: Easy Holiday Entertaining with Betty Crocker, Hot Cranberry Apple Cider

Hot Cranberry Apple Cider Recipe - Andrea Meyers

I can’t imagine the holidays without this hot cranberry apple cider. The aroma is wonderful and makes the house smell so festive, and it’s also easy to make and won’t keep you hovering over the pot when you’d rather celebrate time with family and friends.