Cooking For a Group: A Dinner Party Strategy

JoAnn's Food Bites Dinner Party Strategy

My hubby and I are getting settled into our dream house and after three months, we decided to host our very first dinner party. He has a rather large family, spread out between several states; therefore, all of us only gather twice or so, each year. Because Christmas is so crazy, this clan celebrates ChristmasRead more

Streamline Your Cooking With Frozen Vegetables

Beef Stew Frozen Vegetables

Have you ever considered buying frozen vegetables? Frozen vegetables are a convenient, time-saving short cut when preparing meals at home. Perfect for soups and stews (where the vegetable is NOT the primary ingredient), these packaged foods sometimes hold flavor better than their fresh counterpart, especially when the vegetable is out of season. I would neverRead more

Autumn Leeks Elevate Mashed Potatoes

Leeks gardening potatoes

Usually harvested in the autumn months, leeks are easy to grow from seedlings and are ready six months after planting. Much like an onion, leeks form a bulb and long, bundle of leaves extend above the ground. Soil must be loose and well-drained.  The bulbs of the plant do not tolerate wet soil. As aRead more

Take Steak and Potatoes Up a Notch

steak and mashed potato

Steak de Burgo was created in Des Moines, Iowa around 1939. Just another name for steak and potatoes, this rich  dish is traditionally made with a good cut of beef tenderloin, covered in a creamy mushroom sauce. Because it is so easy and quick to make, I thought it would be a perfect recipe forRead more

Crazy for Crispy Celery

JoAnns Food Bites celery Curtis Stone

Earlier this year, Chef Curtis Stone developed a 9-course tasting menu centered around celery, for his restaurant Maude in California. He created a celery salad; reduced celery juice for an apple sorbet and braised some stalks for a celeri barigoule. Celeri Barigoule – a traditional Provencal dish of artichokes braised with onions, garlic and carrotsRead more

Pepper and Egg Brunch for Two

brunch peppers eggs hashbrowns

Wanting to find new Sunday brunch ideas, I was inspired by a recent episode of America’s Test Kitchen. They constructed a brunch recipe named for the northeastern region of Spain, the Basque region. Dividing France and Spain, the Basque region is known for their vast produce choices, including six different varieties of peppers. Although myRead more

Fish and Potatoes for Two People

Fish and potatoes with whiskey tarter sauce

Honestly, I had never had fish with a potato dish before.  I thought it just was not a logical combination, however, after preparing this dish,  I now realize what I have been missing.  Full of flavor and very easy to prepare, this Lemon-Herb Code with Crispy Garlic Potatoes is delicious and a perfect meal forRead more