The Secret to Cooking Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

 

I love hard-cooked eggs, but too often this seemingly-simple recipe has led to frustration — undercooked yolks, or worse, yolks tinged in green from over-cooking.

And the peeling! Peeling hard-boiled eggs has nearly driven me to madness, especially when I wanted perfect specimens for a nice plate of deviled eggs.

Fortunately, there . . . → Read More: The Secret to Cooking Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

12 Desperation Dinners for When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking

Dear friends,

Do you ever have nights when you really, really aren’t in the mood to cook?

I write cookbooks, so I do lots of recipe developing and tinkering as part of my day job. I truly enjoy being in the kitchen and preparing food, usually.

Except when I don’t.

Some nights, I . . . → Read More: 12 Desperation Dinners for When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Browned Butter Roasted Almonds Recipe

Roasted almonds | Happy Simple Living blog

Do you ever get the mid-afternoon hungries? I do (EVERY afternoon), and I’m always looking for delicious snacks that satisfy my craving for something crunchy and salty.

Almonds nicely fit the bill, and they’re happily wholesome, too. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, which are the “good” fats that are associated with reduced . . . → Read More: Browned Butter Roasted Almonds Recipe

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Pumpkin Maple Donut Holes Recipe

It’s cool and rainy this morning in Colorado, and I’m dreaming of these cinnamon sugar-y pumpkin maple donut holes I made a few weeks ago. The recipe is from my new cookbook, Pumpkin It Up!, and you can win your very own signed copy this week. Just visit this post for . . . → Read More: Pumpkin Maple Donut Holes Recipe

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Pumpkin Caramel Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Photo by Susan Barnson Hayward for Gibbs Smith

The flavor of pumpkin spice seems to be everywhere right now, and is even the subject of some good-natured debate; some folks are complaining of Pumpkin Spice overload with so many manufacturers jumping on the #PS bandwagon. The TODAY show is even running an . . . → Read More: Pumpkin Caramel Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Pumpkin Quick Bread Recipe is Easy and So Good

While pumpkins are widely available this week, you may want to buy a pie pumpkin to cook and puree. Pumpkin freezes beautifully and lasts for up to 6 months if it’s tightly wrapped in the freezer, so you can enjoy its comforting taste in many different recipes well into 2016.

As I . . . → Read More: Pumpkin Quick Bread Recipe is Easy and So Good

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

My Favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Scotchies Cookie Recipe

It’s autumn, and along with the shifting light and cooler temperatures I find myself returning to the kitchen. This recipe is a variation of one of my favorite classics — oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips. I’ve always loved the combination, but with most recipes it seems like the strong flavor of the butterscotch . . . → Read More: My Favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Scotchies Cookie Recipe

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Chewy and Sweet Butterscotch Toffee Bars

For years our mom has made the most delicious butterscotch brownies, using the classic recipe from The Joy of Cooking cookbook. Her bars are thin and chewy with a hint of salt, and they’re so, so good.

This is my version of the recipe, combining a slightly thicker butterscotch brownie base with a . . . → Read More: Chewy and Sweet Butterscotch Toffee Bars

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

My Favorite Recipe for Deviled Eggs

Summertime means cookouts and barbeques, and Deviled Eggs are one of my family’s favorite side dishes. I’ve tinkered with the classic recipe over the years, and this version makes filled eggs that are especially light and creamy. I top them with a sprinkle of crispy, crunchy bacon, and I usually leave a few . . . → Read More: My Favorite Recipe for Deviled Eggs

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.