With the proper tools and a little practice, homemade sushi can be a great activity for the whole family. We’re starting with a basic avocado-cucumber roll, but feel free to add your favorite restaurant fixings once you’ve mastered the basics.
This rich chowder offers a delicious harmony of flavors; sweet corn, smoky bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. Fresh corn in season is always best, but frozen corn also works very well, and makes the chowder a snap to prepare.
In the time it takes to fry a tortilla, you can whip up this crisp, flavorful dish. Beans, cheese and vegetables make a great starting point, but feel free to pile on leftover chicken or beef and a drizzle of your favorite salsa as well.
Chia seed drinks are popular all over the world. Try this variation that is sold by street vendors all over El Salvador. While many vendors color their drinks, raspberries add natural color and great flavor.
Pupusas are stuffed tortillas that are very popular in El Salvador. We have two options for stuffing—bean and cheese or zucchini and cheese. Serve with my recipes for salsa rojas and curtido for an authentic meal full of flavor.
As is so often the case with traditional dishes, theories abound about the origins of pasta carbonara. Because its name is derived from the Italian word for coal, some suggest that it was originally created as a hearty, simple supper for hungry charcoal workers.
This is a far cry from typical “gringo” tacos in pre-fried crispy shells, these scrumptious morsels showcase the full flavor of freshly fried corn tortillas. In Mexico, the most common filling is mashed potatoes
Golden puffs of biscuit afloat on hot, bubbling fruit… it’s no wonder the entire Southern portion of the U.S. is crazed for cobbler. It’s scrumptious with any type of fruit, but particularly beautiful with colorful choices like cherries or blueberries.
In India, street vendors fry spicy aloo tikki on portable charcoal grills. The wafting aroma can draw hungry customers from miles around! Serve these as a party snack with an array of chutneys for dipping.
This classic Indian chutney is my all-time favorite condiment. I even eat it on toast in the morning! Try it with your favorite Indian dishes, with simple grilled chicken or lamb, or on a spoon straight out of the jar.
My mother always made this recipe one day ahead, to give the almond and vanilla flavors time to develop. Try it with Very Berry Topping for a dessert that is not only delicious and attractive, but also fat-free.
Pour this glorious topping over angel food cake or premium vanilla ice cream, savor a spoonful, and be spoiled for life. Fresh strawberries are essential here, but take advantage of convenient frozen packages for the rest of the fruit.
My friend Colleen Roberts makes this delightful pudding every Christmas Eve. She credits the recipe to her Aunt Marion, who began the tradition decades ago. I love that it’s so easy, yet special enough to feel truly festive.
Traditional gingerbread becomes a decorator’s dream when baked into cute little molds. Find ginger baby molds at fancy kitchen shops or your favorite online cooking supply store. Gather the family and let the creativity run wild!
Glorious sunflowers teach our kids the true meaning of sustainability. Watch as they harvest seeds, plant, nurture and thrill as each new sunflower opens and glows brightly.
Learning to Bloom
It took a lot of us—parents and kids alike—rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty to restore this garden to its former glory. Watch it transform from messy to magical.
Caring for the Coop
With our garden in place, it was time to bring in the chickens. We’ve had a blast learning to care for our new hens and, of course, enjoying plenty of farm-fresh eggs in our recipes.
Sunflower Sentry Garden
Each day, three third graders from Anne Siskin’s Willow Creek Academy class join me in the garden to water the crops, tend the chickens, and record weather, temperature, wind direction and air pressure in our online garden journal.
See Us in Action
The Sunflower Sentry Garden and its devoted attendees were featured in Chase Manhattan Bank's Small Business commercial.