Kevin’s Red Bell Pepper Soup

I created this soup for my not-yet-published cookbook. It's a healthful puree of ripe, Vitamin C-rich bell peppers, plus zingy garlic, fragrant thyme, and creamy russet potatoes. And Lawd A-Mighty -- it's powerfully delicious! Read more »

A Family Story From 1932

A few weeks ago, after I published my recipe for 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies, I received a note from my cousin Julie Metzger Blackman. "Kevin," she wrote, "You should ask your Uncle Paul about peanut butter cookies." And so I did. Read more »

My October House & Garden Chores

Happy October, everyone! This month, I'm planting bulbs, baking cinnamon rolls (yum!), and designing window gardens. Wanna watch me work? Check out this month's list of House and Garden Chores. Read more »

Baking 101: Pâte Brisée Pie Crust

Pâte brisée is the only crust I trust for pies, tarts, and galettes. It's tender, flaky, and meltingly-delicious. It's easy to roll out, too. And talk about fast -- with the help of a food processor, this bit of ecstasy can be yours in just 30 seconds. Read more »

My Best Sweet Potato Pie

At last -- a Sweet Potato Pie that actually tastes like...sweet potatoes! My step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Baking 101: Understanding Baking Soda and Baking Powder

Ever wondered about the difference between baking soda and baking powder? I certainly have. I've also wondered why some recipes request just one of these ingredients, while others require both. And now, thanks to the experts at Google University, I finally have some answers. Read more »

Bulbs I’m Planting for Spring Color and Perfume

Yes, I know it’s only September. But I’m thinking ahead towards spring! For color and perfume in April and May, I recently ordered some gorgeous tulips and daffodils. Here’s a look at these autumn-planted beauties, along with a couple of bulb buying-and-planting tips: Read more »