We're easing into the days of winter when we need all the help we can get. Pull yourself out from under the covers on cold mornings with these healthy, warming recipes. A kick-starting, cozy breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee might not raise the temperature outside, but it could raise your spirits.
The secret to home-cooked breakfasts on crazy mornings is a little forward thinking. Cook up one big batch of oatmeal that requires only a zap in the microwave in the morning. Stir together a batch of granola and then individually portion. Not up for baking in the morning? Join the club. Be a domestic goddess on the weekends, then extend the life of baked goods to make them weekday morning-friendly: tightly wrap muffins in plastic wrap and freeze individually. Thaw what you'll need in the morning overnight on the counter. Slice quick breads, wrap individual slices and freeze. Let defrost overnight, as with the muffins, or drop in the toaster straight from the freezer.
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Blog Posts by Sarah McColl, Shine staff
We're easing into the days of winter when we need all the help we can get. Pull yourself out from under the covers on cold mornings with these healthy, warming recipes. A kick-starting, cozy breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee might not raise the temperature outside, but it could raise your spirits.Read More »from 10 Healthy Winter Breakfasts
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Shine Food – Thu, Jan 12, 2012 6:03 PM EST
Betty White celebrates her 90th birthday with a custom Betty Crocker cake.Two of our favorite Bettys--Crocker and White--turn 90 this year. In honor of their shared celebration, Betty Crocker designed a three-tier triple chocolate cake for Betty White that's as vibrant and fun as the comedienne herself. (Tune in Monday night, January 16 for NBC's "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America's Golden Girl.") Funny, gracious, beloved, and wearing 90 years beautifully, both Bettys make us feel pretty great about the idea of getting older.
We know how you feel about Crocker. In every cookbook round-up we run on Shine Food--chef cookbooks, new cookbooks, best-selling cookbooks--the refrain is the same: Betty Crocker is the best. Whether you need to know what soft peaks look like, how to make perfect coffee, or how to set the table, you can count on Betty.
But how did you first find her? Were you given a Betty Crocker cookbook as a wedding present? Did you find it in a used bookstore when you moved into your first apartment? Did you see this commercial?
Read More »from On Betty White's, Betty Crocker's 90th Birthday, We Ask: What's Your Betty Crocker Story?
This lady makes whisking look like a blast!I hate to call them resolutions, really, since something as pleasurable as cooking shouldn't have to sound so joyless. How about intended cooking adventures or kitchen wishes? A little wordy, but it'll do.Read More »from Do You Have Any New Year's Cooking Resolutions?
No matter what we call them, everything in our lives right now--especially how we're choosing to nourish our bodies with what we eat--has the clean slate of a fresh beginning. And with so many of us thinking about what we want to be eating, it only follows to think about what we want to be cooking.
We asked about the recipes that knocked your socks off, and you answered. Here, the most outrageously delicious fudge, cakes, weeknight pastas, warming soups, and special occasion roasts as recommended by Shine readers. Here's to a delicious 2012!Read More »from The Best Recipes of the Year
Mushroom tacos: Jack called the mushroom tacos he made this year "a new diet staple."
Try it: Poblano and mushroom tacos
Or try: Zucchini, corn, and potato tacos
The ultimate cooking goal? A recipe box filled with winnersLet's be honest: not all recipes are keepers. But every once in awhile, you'll try a a new recipe that's so fast, and so exquisitely simple, it completely makes your Tuesday night. Or you find the ultimate "I can host a dinner party and not turn into a sweaty mess!" dish that makes entertaining easy, and more importantly, fun. Or you stumble upon the cookie recipe so dangerously good, it can win hearts (and mend broken ones).Read More »from What Was The Best Thing You Cooked This Year?
Those are the recipes we file away, print, pin, and pass on to our friends. They're our trusted work horses and turn-to's, and they're pretty much the holy grail of cooking. Because isn't that what we're all after? To find the perfect weeknight chicken recipe and the best birthday cake and all the recipes that will make our special occasions--and the everyday--that much more delicious?
We're rounding up the best things we all cooked in 2011, so tell us in the comments what knocked your socks off this year. Better yet, copy and paste the link so we can all
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Shine Food – Wed, Dec 7, 2011 11:30 AM EST
Join our virtual cookie swap!Are you cookie crazy right now? I will admit to not having caught the holiday baking bug until last night. Suddenly, nothing seemed more appealing that hauling out the mixing bowl, adding fresh ginger, molasses, and eggs, and making a thick pan of spicy, warm gingerbread. I imagined wrapping up squares in brown paper, tying it up with red yarn, and handing them out as gifts. Easy peasy, and pretty sweet.Read More »from Virtual Cookie Swap: 24 Cookie Recipes from Our Friends Around the Web
So now it's on, and I can't think of a better way to kick off the baking season (or keep it going strong) than being inspired by two dozen irresistible recipes from all our cookie-loving friends across the web.
I attended my first cookie swap when I was as tall as my mother's hip, and it still ranks as my favorite holiday party ever. Our dining room table was covered with a dizzying array of sweet treats (heaven for a six-year-old--or really any age, right?). I swooned particularly hard at the taste of my first rosette, covered in a thick blanket of powdered sugar.
Let's pretend we're meeting in person. I'd bring a plate of these chocolate chip cookies.Well, hi there! I'm the new food editor at Shine, but hopefully my face isn't new to you. I've been part of the Shine community since the beginning, first as a user, then as part of the Shine staff writing about making life as joyful, meaningful, and healthy as possible, and now here's why I'm so excited to be hanging out in the kitchen:Read More »from Hello from Shine's Food Editor! (That's Me.)
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Shine Food – Wed, Nov 16, 2011 10:25 AM EST
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Summer Time Fun – Tue, Sep 6, 2011 4:33 PM EDT
The brutal truth is that the calendar says, "September." But in many parts of the country, it's still crazy hot, and the potential for continued summer fun is as high as the humidity. And technically, we've still got a few weeks of summer left to go, right?Read More »from How will you keep the summer fun rolling this month?
I've got one last trip to the beach coming up, complete with lobster rolls and soaking up some vitamin D for the dark days ahead. The crowds will have cleared out, and there's something really special about the beach in September. Like going to the movies on a sunny afternoon, it feels like thumbing your nose at the rules. (Plus, at night, I'll slip a sweater over my swim suit and feel like an extra in the J. Crew catalog. Always a bonus).
So for everyone else intent on enjoying every last moment: how will you keep the fun rolling this month?