If you must feed zillions of people during the holidays, you want something uncomplicated, popular, and make-ahead-able. Lasagna is a great solution, and this recipe is not only delicious but very easy.
Pasta salad is one of my favorite summertime meals. The versatility is never ending so it's always new, but always easy. Add a loaf of crusty bread and fresh lemonade or iced tea and you have a terrific beat-the-heat dinner. Making pasta salad is so simple and this formula will help you on your way to being a pasta salad expert.
Beets are the secret to this tasty dish -- they give the pasta a subtly sweet and nutty flavor and an electric pink color.
Saturday was my husband's work picnic, and we took the five youngest kids while the two older girls hid in their rooms to read the newest Harry Potter book. The picnic was fun, the kids playing in water and jumping around in a 'moonwalk' bouncer. It was nice to sit and have someone else cook for a change! I did, however, bring a really good tortellini salad to share.
These versatile pantry staples not only come in handy, most of them can serve up double-duty, too.
Celebrated chef and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich, an expert in Italian cuisine, shares her recipe for delicious, kid-friendly gnocchi. Here's the how-to for a dish that may not be a quick production, but is worth every minute.