Soup du Jour: Smoky Turkey Lentil

smoky turkey lentil soup recipe

I blotted my eyes on my sleeve close to the shoulder to avoid any further onion tears. I looked up, startled to see my son standing there.“You OK?” he asked. “Fine.  I just got a little onion in my eyes… blasted onions.” “You’re chopping a lot of stuff.  What are you making?” “Soup.” “Oh. It smells […]

Lola Cooks: Soft Pretzels and Roasted Garlic Dip

You know what’s good? …warm, chewy, pull-apart soft pretzels.  The texture is so wonderful and the occasional slight crunch of the coarse salt makes it even better. You may be surprised to learn how incredibly easy they are to make. It takes some time, but it’s well worth it. Pretzels are delicious with mustard.  However, […]

Lola Cooks: Beer Cheese

Many foods are indicative of a particular region… lobster rolls, shrimp po’boys, deep dish pizza. Obviously some are much more well-known than others. Many people have never even heard of beer cheese; let alone know that it is pure Kentucky. With the Kentucky Derby just about a month away, we decided this might be a good time […]

Lola Cooks: Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

roasted broccoli and cauliflower soup recipe

This month is soup month and we are doing our part to bring you some recipes that are sure to fill your tummy without emptying your wallet. Broccoli and cauliflower are in season right now and often on sale.  Lucky for us, they also make a wonderful hearty winter soup. Nothing can compare to soup. There is something […]

Snack Attack: Firecrackers

firecrackers snack recipe

Today we have a quick post to get you ready for Thanksgiving.  Beyond the usual Turkey Day fare, some will be looking for the snack food to pop while they watch a little football. We have the perfect solution. We call them firecrackers (mostly because we make them fairly hot), but you can call them […]

Lola Cooks: Perfect Hummus

best hummus hummous recipe

I must apologize. It has been a very hectic week. We are deep in the throes of putting together a new home for Lola and all of the Today’s Nest goodness. Additionally, I have taken on some new projects that are taking up a great deal of time… as the initial stages often do. I […]

TV Dinner: Updated

updated TV dinner recipes

If you grew up around the same time I did, you will likely remember the TV dinner… or at least the advertisements. TV dinners were a big part of American culture for many years. Despite the fact that many ate it on a TV tray while watching television, it actually got its name because it was laid […]

Hot and Green: Salsa Verde

best salsa verde recipe

Well, we are back… and just in time for a celebration. Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular over the years in terms of celebrations. It is a great time to enjoy some great food and fun with your friends. For most, that includes chips and salsa and margaritas. Chips and salsa are always a […]

Vampires Beware: Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

roasted garlic vinaigrette recipe

Garlic has been used in food and medicine for thousands of years. It’s no wonder we have a day to celebrate it. Today is National Garlic Day in the US. With all of its many uses, I am sure you will find one that suits you. We are doing our part to pay tribute to the pungent product with our […]

Lola Cooks: Stuffed Chili Peppers

stuffed chili peppers recipe

Spring has arrived and with it an urge to be outdoors. This past weekend we cleaned up the grill and got it ready for a long outdoor season. There is nothing quite like the smell of grilling. One of the things I love to do while I already have the grill fired up is grill up a […]