Cooking with Karen (May – June 2018)

Last fall I shared that I'm back into cooking and plan to share my favorite discoveries. While I originally planned to share these recipes monthly, it seems I'm going to give you my favorites every few months. This time, I've got recipes I made and LOVED from May and...

Cooking with Karen (January – April 2018)

Last fall I shared that I'm back into cooking and plan to share my favorite discoveries. I shared my favorite recipes I found online for 3 months, then got busy with real estate (I'm an agent). This list of recipes too good to not try goes back a few months. None of...

25 Best Recipes I Tried in 2017

For the last few years, I've been pinning my favorite recipes I found across the web to my Top Reviewed Recipes Pinterest board. None of these recipes are mine. Many I found from playing cooking games with friends in our Food Friends & Fun forum. Others I found from...

Cooking with Karen (November 2017)

A couple of months ago I shared that I'm back into cooking and plan to share my favorite discoveries on the blog. So far, I'm doing that monthly at the beginning of each month. None of these recipes are mine, though I tend to tweak every recipe I make. The pictures...

Cooking with Karen (October 2017)

Last month I shard that I'm back into cooking and plan to share my favorite discoveries. None of these recipes are mine, though I tend to tweak every recipe I make. The pictures are mine and I'll link to the original recipe to give the blogger or chef credit. And so...

Cooking with Karen (September 2017)

I know it's been a long time since I blogged on this site. I've gotten back into cooking after a busy spring and summer of real estate (my day job), and am newly motivated to share my discoveries. In addition to posting my own recipes, I'm going to start sharing some...

10 Naturally Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

If you search for St. Patrick's Day recipes, you will find tons of fake green cookies and cakes that get their green color from food coloring dyes. While I'm not anti-dye, I do believe in cooking naturally when possible. There are so many options from nature which...

15 Crock Pot Recipes to Get You Through a Kitchen Remodel

If you missed the news, I bought a new house. I moved in the week before Christmas and am already in renovation mode. The first project for the new house is to remodel the kitchen, so the crock pot is going to get a lot of use over the next 6 weeks. During most...

Moving Prep: Using Up the Pantry Food

I normally try to keep a well stocked pantry, but today my pantry is really bare. With only 2 weeks before I move to my new house, I'm in the process of using up as much of the food in the house as I can. I could box up the food and move it to the new house, but I'll...

10 Unique Pie Crust Recipes

If you love pies but haven't had a lot of success with homemade pie crusts, you've still got time to try out some new recipes before your holiday guests arrive. I scoured the internet and found 10 recipes that should cover everyone's needs. Whether you...

15 Apple Recipes that are NOT Dessert

One of my favorite fall childhood memories was going apple picking with my family at nearby Eckert's Farm. I've thought about going back again, especially now that I know you can bring your dog with your into the apple orchards. But I've hesitated since I'm not much...

15 Passover Recipes to Make the Holiday Tastier

For most of my life, I followed the Jewish dietary laws of Passover. I would join the throngs of people who drive across town to the Dierberg's in Creve Coeur which has the best Passover selection in the St. Louis area. I would stock up on matzah, matzah meal,...

Cooking with Avocados ~ 10 Easy Recipes

The avocado recipes are below...but first I wanted to share a change on Future Expat. After 4 months of publishing the Required Ingredient Recipe Link Party as a way to feature recipes by other bloggers, the link party has been retired. While the link party did work...

Pinterest Food: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies

Ever since I saw the Reese's peanut butter cup commercials as a kid, I've been a fan of peanut butter and chocolate (see a classic 1970s commercial at the bottom of this article). Brownies were on the dessert rotation often. My fondness for them started with being...

Pinterest Food: 3 Desserts You Will Love

Ok, I have to admit that I haven't tried any of these Pinterest recipes yet. I don't eat a lot of desserts and since I live alone, I have to eat whatever I make. No one is helping me finish off the plate of brownies. As a result, I don't try a lot of dessert recipes....

Pinterest Food: Easter Weekend Desserts

If you haven't planned what to bring to your Easter weekend gatherings, here are 3 fun recipes that will surely be a hit with kids and adults alike. Pie Pops: Imagine using an Easter egg shaped cookie cutter instead of a heart on this one. Then sprinkle the pops with...

Authentic Belize Recipes

Like most people, when I travel I'm on the lookout for a couple of souvenirs. On my trip to Belize, every store I went into had a paperback book Silly Bug and Bittle Recipes, published by the Crooked Tree Women's Group. The cookbook included the history of this...