Chile and Chive Oil

chile and chive oil

I use flavored oils in everything when I have them on hand.  I find myself rarely digging through the spice cabinet and instead reaching for my trusty flavored oil of the moment, whatever that might be. It varies almost every time I make it, depending on what I want to use and what I have […]

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs


Happy Easter (almost) weekend everyone!  If you’re like me, you haven’t done anything whatsoever for Easter yet.  I will have about fifteen people here on Sunday to celebrate not only Easter, but also our son’s fourth birthday!  So, let’s get started with the most obvious Easter staple, hard-boiled eggs. Hard-boiled eggs aren’t exactly the most […]

Baked Spring Ratatouille

Baked Spring Ratatouille-2

  Why should summer have all the fun?  There are many perfectly wonderful vegetables in spring that can be combined to make a beautiful rendition of ratatouille.  This is one of those dishes where you go to the farmers’ market and you just look around to see what your ingredients will be.  If it’s nearly […]

Quick and Easy Spinoccoli Pasta

penne spinoccoli

This is one of the most delicious vegetarian pasta dishes that I’ve ever eaten and that is saying a lot considering that all variations of pasta are a staple in our weeknight dinner rotation.  This even rivals one of my all-time favorites, pasta peperonata, which I never thought possible.  Spinoccoli is just spinach and broccoli, […]

Wednesday Wake Up: Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

fruit and yogurt parfait Kate from Scratch

As I lay quietly in the darkness, I hear echoed yelling in the distance.  I search my mind to find something. What I’m looking for, exactly, I’m not sure, but in my restless wandering I only know that I need to find it.  I am cheerfully summoned from my epic quest with a small hand […]

World Autism Awareness Day!


It’s that time of year again!  World Autism Awareness Day is today.  And, yes, while I am traditionally a recipe maker, photo taker, accidental mess maker and avid cupcake eater, this is one annual mainstay that I won’t deter from, here at Kate from Scratch. We’re shining a light on autism all month long. About Autism […]

Spring Rolls

spring rolls

Somebody needs to make some rules for April Fools’ Day. Mom, wake up!  We’re super late!   …April Fools! Mom I just remembered my book report is due today!  …April Fools! Mom, Max scribbled all over my homework!  …April Fools! Mom, Max has a permanent marker!  …April Fools! Mom, I forgot my folder, can you run […]

Meatless Monday: Chickpea Salad with Citrus and Herbs


We have had so many snow days this year that today is both the first and last day of our supposed “spring break”.   And, after a beautifully sunny near-sixty-degree weekend, this morning it was a lowly 26 degrees.  I went from biking sixty miles and cleaning out my closet with a smile while whistling, […]

Quick and Easy Dr. Seuss Cupcake Toppers

Dr. Seuss Cupcakes Kate from Scratch-4

Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate in fostering a love of reading by celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  My son’s school is celebrating all week long with fun activities and asked parents to get involved.  Being a fan of reading and especially Dr. Seuss, we decided to go with […]

Ten Tips for Perfect Blanching (and a recipe for Garlic Infused, Perfectly Blanched Asparagus with Orange Ginger Glaze)

perfectly blanched asparagus with garlic, ginger-8

  We’re getting another ten inches of snow this weekend, however, it is technically almost spring.  And if you have even the slightest bit of luck, you might start to feel the weather warm up in the next couple of weeks (or months. But I’m optimistic, so just roll with it). The markets will become […]