Three Easy Recipes for a Romantic Dinner for Two

Written by Cheri of Kitchen Simplicity.

There haven’t been many years that my hubby and I have actually been able to go out for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Whether it be because of a new baby, lack of babysitters, sick kids or just wanting to avoid the crowds, there are many reasons to stay in and enjoy a romantic evening together at home. It may seem impossible with kids, but it’s much easier to accomplish then one might think.

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Celebrating Our 2nd Anniversary with Lemon, Cornmeal & Almond Cake

It’s hard to believe that two years ago this little corner of the blogosphere was still in beta. It’s grown to be such a big part of me, a warm community of like-minded yet completly unique people, that I can’t remember what I did before I was editor.

Simple Bites celebrates its 2nd anniversary this week and I had to make a cake to commemorate the event. It’s been a fun and fantastic two years, plus, it was high time I shared a favorite cake recipe.

Fresh lemon zest, finely ground almonds and a sprinkling of cornmeal give this rustic cake a marvelous flavor and memorable texture. It is perfect with a cup of tea, requiring absolutely no garnish. Oh, and bonus, it’s gluten-free!

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Super Bowl Sandwiches (Recipe: Chicken Parmesan Heroes with Basil)

For all the lentil soups and beet salads I post in this space, you’d never know I have a weakness for sandwiches. Good sandwiches, with crusty bread, moist filling, and crunchy condiments.

Sandwiches reign around here during all seasons. In the spring we tuck thinly sliced radishes and a creamy feta between bread for a delicate, yet filling sandwich. Summertime brings roasted tomatoes and homemade pesto to garnish our pressed sandwiches, and our favorite snack in autumn is a grilled cheese and fresh apple sandwich.

In the winter though, sandwiches get a little more substantial.

In today’s recipe, the delicate baby greens of summer are replaced with panko and Parmesan-crusted chicken filets, a zesty marinara sauce, fresh basil and melted mozzarella. This ‘Hero’ or Italian-style submarine sandwich is messy, filling, and total comfort food.

If you’re looking for something a little different for Game Day, yet still appealing to the boatload of hungry guys, these Chicken Parmesan Heroes will indeed make you the hero.

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Super Bowl Appetizers – Chicken Skewers with Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Written by Kristen of Dine and Dish.

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up and if you are like me, you will have a house full of game loving folks to feed and entertain. Actually, if you are like me, you’ll welcome the opportunity to chill out in the kitchen with the non-football game watchers and munch on the goodies over good conversation versus the Super Bowl excitement, but that’s besides the point.

Super Bowl Sunday is a day to fill your buffet up with finger foods, appetizers and desserts galore. I know everyone is gathered together for the game, but it is really the food that matters, right?

As part of my attempt to please everyone, one of my favorite things to serve at our Super Bowl party is Chicken Skewers with a variety of dips. Sweet dips, sour dips, spicy dips, mild dips… with enough dips set out for your chicken skewers, you will hopefully be able to have something served that will please every palate at your party. [Read more…]

How to Plan a Snow Picnic

Excerpts from this post were originally published in January, 2011.

We’ve had a mild winter so far, brilliant sunlight, crisp cool air, and a peaceful blanket of white snow – now that is the mix for a perfect outing. We’ve been getting outdoors every day out of sheer necessity; it’s far too easy to go bonkers when you’re snowed in! Sometimes we go sledding, sometimes walking, but all the kids really need is a snow bank to have fun.

In summer we practically eat everything outdoors, but winter confines us to the dining room table three times a day, and quite frankly, that gets old. Why not plan a winter picnic to change things up?

With proper planning and an adventurous spirit, a snow picnic can be every bit of fun -if not more- than a summer picnic. Here are my tips to keep everyone happy on such an outing – both parents and children!

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