My Kitchen-Loving Kids


Ever since Isabelle was born, I’ve done my best to get all of the kids involved in the kitchen in one way or another. And that’s something I’ve stuck with (for the most part) for the past 16 years. Olivia has by far been the biggest kitchen-helper enthusiast. As soon as she could confidently sit by … Read more

Tips For Cooking Dried Beans


I asked and you responded! I received some comments and quite a few emails with tips for cooking dried beans that turn out with a smoother consistency like canned beans. If you’ve been in need of some tips too, the following ideas should be a great start! I’m looking forward to trying out several of … Read more

Holiday Baking Preparation


Tomorrow marks one of my favorite days of the holiday season – the start of Christmas baking season. I’m getting a head start this year because our holiday celebrations are happening in two waves. We’ll be visiting my family in Chicago for Thanksgiving (and the exchange of Christmas presents) and then we’ll celebrate Christmas with … Read more

Pot Scrubbing 101

I absolutely love spending time in the kitchen. It’s definitely my most favorite thing right after spending time with my family. But my enjoyment focuses around cooking and baking and not the inevitable clean up that comes afterwards. In fact, I can’t get out of the kitchen fast enough when there is a sink full … Read more

Reader Questions Answered: Freezing Cookie Dough


When I wrote about one of my baking days several weeks ago, I had quite a few people ask about freezing cookies and cookie dough. I meant to answer that question much sooner, but it slipped my mind for some reason. (I’ll blame it on pregnancy brain for now, at least while I still can!) … Read more

Homemade Shamrock Shakes


Shamrock shakes are a St.Patrick’s Day tradition in our house. It used to be a drive-thru tradition where we’d hit those golden arches and order a round of shakes for all. But, for the past few years, every time we’ve tried to pick up our favorite treat, they’re sold out. And nothing makes me poutier … Read more

Hometowns & Memories


Excuse me while a veer a bit off track from the usual posts here at Cooking During Stolen Moments. I don’t usually go into many personal details on here since it’s all about the food. But for me, food and home are synonomous. Our family lives just outside the quaint village of Milford, Michigan, about … Read more

Blissdom Bound

Bright and early tomorrow morning, I’ll be getting on a plane heading to Nashville for the Blissdom conference. I’m excited to spend a weekend with many wonderful friends – some I’ve already met in person, some I’ve chatted with on the phone and via email for what feels like forever, and some I’ve just developed … Read more

The Importance of a Good Kitchen Knife


Until this past Christmas, I would have argued that a knife was a knife was a knife. I would have said a $10 set works just as well as a $100 set. I would have said that I was perfectly happy with my 10 year old $15 set because they got the job done. Until … Read more