Kitchen Parade Extra: Dutch Apple Puff ◄

With the outside air surely turning from summer's over-stayed heat to fall's welcome cool aaaannnny day now (please!), mix up an easy, ingredients-on-hand Dutch Apple Puff featured in this week's Kitchen Parade column.

Meme: 5th Sentence in 23rd Post (Sort of)

Thanks (I think!) to Nupur at One Hot Stove , whose Indian/other creations are regularly drool-icious and who's tagged A Veggie Venture for a meme oddity that's overtaking the food blogging world. Meme is an apt phrase, yes, since they're all about me-me-me? That said, they're also considerable fun, a way to further the friendship and affinity that occurs in online communities. So here goes: 23rd Post: Day 23: Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa & Cherries 5th Sentence: "No." My, my. That's cryptic. Maybe I'll 'Alanna-size' and use 1/3 of a cup instead of 2/3 of a cup. 13th Post: Day 13: Roasted Asparagus with Feta 5th Sentence: " " Oops. No fifth sentence. Those first posts were decidedly terse. This is harder than I thought! How about doubling it, 2/3 x 2 = 4/3 = Day 43. (Or Day 113 if 43 fails us, too.) 43rd Post: Day 43: Cucumber with Mustard & Dill 5th Sentence: "I would definitely make thi

Quick Tomato Sauce for Pasta & Pizza ♥

Grab some canned tomatoes, put the pasta water on to boil and, get this, a hot, satisfying supper is 20 minutes away. This is one of those miracle sauces, just those tomatoes plus smidgens of pantry ingredients to coax out a rich-flavored, lightly spiced and slightly chunky tomato sauce that works for pasta, sure, but also for homemade pizza, draping over sautéed greens, packing up in meal-size containers for the freezer, and more. Real Food, Fast & Casual. Just Canned Tomatoes + A Few Pantry Ingredients. A Summer Classic. Not Just Easy, Summer Easy . Year-Round Kitchen Staple. Supper Substantial. Budget Friendly. Little Effort, Big Taste. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Easy Meal Prep. Low Carb. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real .

Veggies for Kids: Out of the Mouths of Moms

Just today, Meg at Too Many Chefs wrote a thoughtful, tip-packed post about the tricks and tools and triumphs of encouraging her little one to eat more vegetables and fruits. It's worth a close read. VEGGIES for KIDS is a continuing crusade here at A Veggie Venture, a forum for parents wanting to encourage healthful eating habits at home and school. What works for you? What would you like to fix at your own table? Leave a comment, send an e-mail or write your own post -- ideas and links along with kid-tested recipes will be posted in Veggies for Kids .

Day 166: Napa Cabbage & Carrot Slaw

Today's vegetable recipe: A quick coleslaw with Napa cabbage and grated carrot tossed in an Asian-style dressing. Low carb. Weight Watchers 0 points. ~ recipe & photo updated in 2008 ~ 2005: After too much rich food in recent days, it was time to lighten up in calories, ingredients and even time. This slaw's dressing is delicious, a keeper. The Napa cabbage was quick to chop, a keeper. For a big batch, I should have pulled out the food processor for grating the carrots but didn't, costing time. And the basil/mint were alright but next time I'd forgo, tossing in green onion and cilantro (which was also specified in the recipe but I didn't have) and be done with it. 2008: This made for a quick and filling-yet-light lunch. I did use green onion and skip the fresh herbs, as recommended -- very good! It won't knock your socks off but it's a good basic coleslaw except without mayonnaise and other heavy ingredients. If all the ingredients are on hand, go fo

Day 164: Roasted Eggplant & Tomato Pizza ♥

It doesn't take a Holmesian sleuth to recognize signs of a pizza neophyte. The just-from-the-box pristine condition of the pizza stone The amoeba shape The gaping holes in the crust (oh, right, those are covered by toppings) Yes, I'm a pizza first-timer. But can kitchen sleuths tell I'm hooked? Yes, the next pizza is already in my brain (squash, perhaps?) And as it turns out, there's dough in the frig so the next one'll be still easier, after investing, that is, in what I learned is an all-important pizza peel. Once again, I'm indebted to the careful instructor over at StephenCooks , this time for pizza dough . Without this, it'd have been Boboli, baby! (Even then, the Boboli temptation was real. And I'd not hesitate, another time, for time's sake, to use a commercial crust.) Other than the crust, the only thing made specially for tonight's pizza was the deliciously salty and pungent eggplant , a perfect pizza topping and a definite

Veggie Posts of the Week #38

Many thanks to JenGray for the visual reminder of the intricacies of Swiss chard! No wonder it tastes sooo good! Check here for leafy green recipe ideas. Throughout the week, I watch other food bloggers cooking up a storm. These veggie-centric posts caught my eye and my appetite! From Anne's Food in Sweden, a vegetable soup that looks as if it'd taste as lovely as its Swedish-translated name, Meadow Food Soup From Everybody Likes Sandwiches in Vancouver, a polenta topped with a vegetable stew spiked with Italian sausage - wow From Fresh Approach Cooking in Los Angeles, Rachael's green bean salad with water chestnuts and red pepper and brightened with a ginger miso dressing From Baking Sheet, another Los Angeles foodie stop, a low-fat cornbread moistened with zucchini From Once Upon a Feast in Toronto, a vegetable stock that starts with roasted carrot, celery, onion, tomato and mushroom