Loaves & Dishes

Follow Jennie Geisler's kitchen adventures on her Loaves & Dishes blog.

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Posted: April 18th, 2014

Lemon cookies, cinnamon rolls, garlic herb green beans pulling me toward my kitchen

I feel a cooking binge coming on. I’ve seen a lot of recipes today and most of them look awesome. It’s a feast weekend in my family, and I’ve been tasked with fruit salad and Asian noodle salad. But that doesn’t feel like enough. I actually want to make these cinnamon rolls. These green beans. [...]


Posted: April 17th, 2014

Hearty, heady veggie chili rises above the fray

My mom recently went vegan for health reasons, and it’s working. Her last blood work results were stellar, and she actually seems to be enjoying it. I’m thrilled for her. She recently celebrated her 70th birthday, or at least I did. She could have taken or left the celebration part. She didn’t even want any [...]


Posted: April 16th, 2014

Ham it up with orange juice, Bourbon, spices

I’ve never served a ham — unless you count deli sandwiches — but I sure do like to eat it. With just two and a half diners at my house, there’s not much point in babying big old hunk of shank for hours … OK, now having said that, I actually want to … But [...]


Posted: April 15th, 2014

Back on the front burner with spring soup

Thanks to everyone who waited patiently through my recovery from recent hand surgery. It was nothing major, just a carpal tunnel release. But it prevented me from typing and chopping food for weeks, two activities integral to the upkeep of a cooking blog. While I was out, I basically read and watched TV and read, [...]


Posted: March 11th, 2014

Jennie Geisler: Pure maple syrup stars in Bundt cake

It’s coming. Maples are gearing up to send their sweet nectar up and into their limbs — and we’ll gladly partake as well. The Northwest Pennsylvania 11th Annual Maple Taste and Tour will take place this weekend, and visitors — well, at least I — will be tempted to buy a jug of the magical [...]


Posted: March 10th, 2014

Jennie Geisler: I’m dreaming of Oven-Fried Chicken

I didn’t cook nearly enough this past weekend, and I’m really craving some time in the kitchen. But, alas, it’s Monday. Tonight will be a quick one with leftovers from my nephew’s birthday party yesterday. Probably tomorrow too. But I wish I could try this recipe for Oven-Fried Chicken from BH&G. It’s definitely doable on [...]


Posted: March 7th, 2014

Jennie Geisler: Porter Black Bean Soup a reason to get out of bed tomorrow

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure.” The winner is Troy Boerst. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Troy Boerst, you are eligible to enter the drawing for “The Craft Beer Cookbook: From IPAs and Bocks to Pilsners and Porters, 100 Artisanal Recipes for [...]


Posted: March 5th, 2014

Jennie Geisler: 5 ridiculously easy ideas for a fasting meal tonight

Not everyone has to skip meat today and Fridays throughout Lent, but it might behoove all of us to occasionally skip meat, which would be easy on digestion, at the stove and on our wallets. Here are five super-simple ways to get in and out of the kitchen tonight and leave the livestock alone. Nothing [...]


Posted: March 4th, 2014

Newsroom gobbles Mardi Gras gumbo

It’s been a stressful morning. I’ll leave it at that. The bright spot has been our potluck Mardi Gras feast here at work. I made my favorite gumbo recipe in two types, chicken and shrimp only for those who don’t eat red meat, and full-on sausage, ham, chicken and shrimp for the rest of us [...]


Posted: March 3rd, 2014

Jennie Geisler: Baked penne dish swallowed up by hungry husband

Since the holidays were over and I found myself at home more on the weekends, I’ve been trying to collect recipes throughout the week and cook like a madwoman on Saturdays and/or Sundays. In theory, this makes for good meals on the first night — and cheaper than going out — and great for leftovers [...]