Category: "Blog"

National Pizza Week

Wahoo … our favorite food gets a Holiday!  Did you know that it’s National Pizza Week?  Be sure to end your looong work week in celebration of America’s favorite dish.  Check out our Pizza Pizza Pizza blog and try out one of our favorite Pizza joints.  Are you having a Friday night in?  Here are our pizza [...]

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Cookie Mix Jars – Helping A Family In Need

Giving to others is truly what the holidays are all about. We love seeing those who effortlessly put forward time and energy to make a difference is someone else’s life. As bloggers, we come across so many different faces and listen to some amazing stories of how food has changed lives. One particular girl’s mission [...]

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DIY Fruit Arrangements

Edible arrangements are super cute, but have you checked our their pricing?  Hello – $70, really?  It’s just fruit on a stick! I know we all love sending and receiving these tasty arrangements, but save yourself some money. I got you covered - I have a quick and easy way to show you how to make [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving from CookingShorts

CookingShorts.com launched a little over a year ago to much success and praise.  We owe this to our fans, followers, friends and family.  This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for your continued interest and support.  We look forward to continuing CookingShorts for many Thanksgivings to come.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show

The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show was at the Washington Convention Center in DC November 5th-6th. Any foodie knows this is a must-attend event. What’s not to love about an event centered on our favorite subject? Add in amazing presentations from Food Network chefs and talk about two days of foodtastic fun! As food bloggers, we were ecstatic to get an invitation to participate as members of the media.

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Cooking With Candy

Does your home feel like it’s overflowing with leftover Halloween candy?  What’s one to do?  Try something a little different - Candy Cooking!  Yup, that’s right, you can cook and bake with your leftover Halloween candy.  Counting calories?  You can still have some candy cooking fun and bring your creations to work for others to enjoy.  [...]

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Breast Cancer Bites

Our nation’s fight for a breast cancer cure is something very near and dear to both of our hearts. Tinsley has lost an aunt on her father’s side to this cancer and has a 16 year survivor on my mother’s side. Jason never met his grandmother on his father’s side due to this horrible cancer. [...]

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Making Simple Elegant

I give 120% to everything I do. When we have a cook out, party or BBQ, I really like to go the extra mile to make my guests feel comfortable and special. I like to make sure all levels of my home are clean and clutter free. I put a tablecloth down over the table and [...]

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Semi-Baking

As I have mentioned in many recipes, I’m not a great baker but I seem to have talent in semi-baking. I learned this technique by watching my Grandma Hess in the kitchen. She was a seasoned wedding cake guru and locally known for her baking. If you were going to a wedding in the DC metro area, you could [...]

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Make Your Meats Tender & Juicy

Having trouble making your chicken tender and juicy?  I am going to let you in on my secret – try a brine.  Whenever I use a lean protein, I like to give my meat a bath in brine before grilling, roasting or searing.  Brining is nothing new.  In fact, chefs have been brining lean meats [...]

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Pomegranate Power

Pomegranates.  One of the super fruits.  Pomegranates have been receiving a lot of press in recent years.  Seems this juicy fruit’s popularity is back and rightfully so.  Let’s talk pomegranate.  The pomegranates you buy at your grocer have been on a long journey over time.  The pomegranate tree is native to Iran.  It was cultivated and [...]

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Apple Nest Fail

As I have said in an early post on CookingShorts, Recipe Perfection – Does It Exist?,  every cook or chef has a bad day.  Sometimes recipes just don’t turn out the way you envision.  Here’s an example of one that recently didn’t work out for me.  I’m not accustom to working with phyllo dough, but I had [...]

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Pizza Pizza Pizza

In our home, we LOVE pizza night.  I may sound like a teenager as I say this, but a good pizza is probably one of my favorite meals.  To me, there’s nothing better then a slice of hot, cheesy pizza.  As much as I love it, I’m actually super picky when it comes to pizza.  Chain delivery restaurants just [...]

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Eat It All

It’s true, one of the most expensive sections in your supermarket is the produce section, especially if you’re like me and shop organic.  Even going to your local farmers market can be pricey (but worth it!).  So how can you make your dollar stretch when buying expensive produce?  Here’s my advice: Eat it all.  Yep, that’s [...]

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Autumn Orchard Apples

As mentioned in Apples, Apples, Apples, each autumn we head out to the Shenandoah Valley area for a relaxing afternoon in the apples orchards.  What a delight it is to deeply breathe the fresh mountain air, take in the abounding beauty of the rolling Appalachians and stroll through rows upon rows of glowing apple trees in an [...]

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