Simplified Pantry

basic weeknight family meals, from the pantry


When no one wants to make dinner…

By Karen Dubarry It’s 5:00 PM. You’re tired. The kids are cranky. Everyone is starving. There’s no dinner on the table. What now? I’ve been there. Despite my best intentions to plan every meal and to use my crockpot as often as possible, there are evenings when I’m not sure what’s for supper and I […]

Kids in the kitchen – a few tips

“Mom? Can I make muffins for breakfast?” It’s a question that should be music to my ears. “Can I make dinner tonight? Then you could rest.” What a treat! Should I not be thankful, being in the third trimester of pregnancy, and, many days, in need of just such a rest? I have been blessed […]

The Easy Way to Make Your Meals Taste Better

A while ago, at the local, super-popular restaurant we love to go to, my son ordered a delicious Warmed Spiced Applesauce. Boy, was it tasty! I wondered what their secret was. I recently stumbled across this fascinating TED Talk by a Cornell Researcher named Brian Wansink. The entire talk is extremely interesting, as he talks about how […]

Give the gift of simpler meals

Christmas is less than a week away. Do you have a gift for your sister-in-law, your college nephew, your best friend, your child’s teacher? Here’s a quick and simple gift idea that anyone who has to cook will appreciate: Simplified Breakfasts, Simplified Lunches, Simplified Dinners for New Cooks, and Simplified Dinners all packaged together and […]

How to make homemade bread, the easy way

by Tracy Grossman There’s something about fall that makes me want to put on some soup and bake homemade bread. We live in the middle of Iowa, where sultry hot summers make July and August baking unreasonable endeavors. So when that crisp air starts to linger through the mornings and socks are a source of […]