Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork- so quick and easy to make!  | Kristine's Kitchen

BBQ Pulled Pork is unbelievably easy to make in your slow cooker. I tend to use my slow cooker most in the cooler months of fall and winter. It really lends itself to cooking chilis, stews, and other hearty, tummy-warming dishes. But now that it's spring and summer is just around the corner, I'm not ready to put my slow cooker away. Why reserve its use for only half of the year when it makes meal preparation so easy? I have a couple of slow-cooker recipes that are great served year-round, including asian-inspired dishes, my family's favorite shredded chipotle beef, pulled chicken, and now this BBQ pulled pork. ... [Continue Reading]

Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Vanilla Wafers

Homemade Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Vanilla Wafers- You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  | Kristine's Kitchen

You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  Homemade Vanilla Wafers in chocolate and vanilla. Why choose... try them both! I can remember eating Nilla wafers from the yellow box since I was a kid. I don't know what it is about them, but they are addicting! When I was pregnant with both Julia and William I would often snack on a few Nilla wafers, with a spread of peanut butter on each one. (If you've never tried that, you must. Sooo good.) Since Julia saw me eating Nilla wafers while pregnant with William, she of course tried them and they quickly became a favorite of hers too. I haven't bought Nilla wafers from the store for a while, since they have some ingredients that ... [Continue Reading]

Julia’s Colorful Art Birthday Party

Colorful Art Birthday Party - Kristine's Kitchen-1613

We recently celebrated Julia's 5th birthday.  5!  I'm not sure how it can be that my girl is 5 and only a few months away from starting Kindergarten.  She still loves hugs and snuggles with Mom, reading books, and pretend play.  Her favorite activities right now are painting, drawing, cutting, pasting... pretty much anything involving arts and crafts.  An art party was the obvious choice for her birthday this year, and the party was so much fun. The invitations set the theme for the party.  I loved how colorful they were, and it was fun to give an invitation that the guests could use and enjoy.  The best price I found on the watercolor sets was a sale price at Kmart, but unfortunately ... [Continue Reading]

Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole

Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole- perfect for busy weeknights | Kristine's Kitchen

This Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole is a perfect dinner to make on a busy weeknight. Most nights when I come home from work, cooking anything but the simplest dinner is hard to manage. Please don't let the fact that I write a food blog lead you to believe that I make a gourmet meal every night. Just like everyone else, I'm doing my best to balance my kids and family, work, household chores, and taking care of myself (by exercising or reading, for example). On my days off from teaching I have a little more time to devote to the kitchen, but the days I work it's go, go, go from the minute I wake up until bedtime. I'm lucky in that I only teach part time right now, so there are ... [Continue Reading]

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies | Kristine's Kitchen

The best soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies.  This is the recipe I turn to whenever I want to bake classic chocolate chip cookies. I'm often asked which of the chocolate chip cookie recipes on my site is my favorite. Well, these are it. I posted these a while ago and today I'm updating the recipe and photos because these cookies are my go-to recipe whenever I need to make a quick batch of cookies. Most often, those times are when a sudden craving for a chocolate chip cookie hits and I just can't resist! I've made these cookies dozens of times and they always turn out perfectly. These chocolate chip cookies have a secret ingredient that gives them their soft, chewy texture. ... [Continue Reading]

Skillet Baked Penne

Skillet Baked Penne- cheesy baked pasta made in one dish - Kristine's Kitchen

Perfect for weeknight suppers, this Skillet Baked Penne has all of the comfort of baked pasta without all of the fuss. Baked Penne is comfort food at it's best. Pasta, sausage, a tomato cream sauce, and gooey cheese all combine into one satisfying dish. The only problem? Typical baked pasta recipes are hardly practical on a weeknight. This Skillet Baked Penne recipe, however, can be made from start to finish in less than an hour. Plus, you will only have one pan to clean at the end. And, it makes a generous amount of food, so you will likely have leftovers (in other words, a night off from cooking!). Triple win! To make this, you start by browning some Italian sausage in an oven-safe ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Grain Fruit Bars

Whole Grain Fruit Bars- a healthy treat for your lunchbox - Kristine's Kitchen-1486

Homemade Whole Grain Fruit Bars are the perfect treat to add to your lunchbox. Made with real ingredients, kids and adults alike will love these bars! These Whole Grain Fruit Bars are my latest addiction. I love how easy they are to make. I love that they are whole grain and contain only recognizable ingredients. I love that these fruit bars can pass for both a snack or healthy dessert. In my efforts to pack nutritious lunches made from real foods for both myself and my kids, I've been making up a batch of these every few weeks. They make a great lunchbox addition or after-school snack, paired with a cold glass of milk of course. You know those fruit-filled cereal bars that you can buy ... [Continue Reading]

Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels

Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels | Kristine's Kitchen

Lightly sweet, with a touch of salt and plenty of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Brioche pretzels are sure to put a smile on your face. You can consider these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, or snack time, as we did. For a very long time now, I have wanted to make chocolate croissants. I think it started when I was craving them while pregnant with William. Somehow, since then I've never found the time needed to make homemade croissants. I know, how can that be? But don't worry, these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels are the next best thing. These pretzels are made of a very lightly sweetened brioche dough. Chopped chocolate chips- I used ... [Continue Reading]