Jill Cooks Here--In and Out of the Kitchen with the Editor

Last Updated February 22, 2017
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Welcome to Jill Cooks Here, a collection of recipes straight from a food editor's kitchen. I've been an editor, writer, and professional cook for over 25 years. I live in my kitchen. This is where life happens at our house. But food doesn't happen in a vacuum; it's part of our celebrations, traditions, comfort, and every day moments. Frequently, it's the catalyst. This is what you'll find here—stories and recipes from where life, love, and food intersect or, oftentimes, collide.

Beef Carbonnades (Beef with Caramelized Onions and Beer)

Run of the mill stew meat works fine in this long simmered dish, where the beer does it's magic tenderizing the beef. Use a full flavored beer for the best flavor. We used Fat Bottom Brewery Java Jane...

Almond Butter White Chocolate Cookies

It seems ridiculous to say, but I believe these are the best cookies I've ever made—and everyone who ate one agreed (Even my son, Sam, who shuns virtually everything I make). The combination of...

Easy Tomato Soup

Home made tomato soup is only as far away as a can of tomatoes. Any kind will work; pureed, crushed, diced, whole, whatever. Saute up some carrot and onion, add tomato, broth, water, or wine, herbs...

Banana Walnut Muffins with Salted Tops

These tender muffins get plenty of sweetness and moistness from mashed bananas...and the sprinkling of sugar and coarse salt make a delicious and unusual topping.

Jill's Carrot Cake

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
This is the carrot cake I've made for years—35 to be exact. It has the perfect balance of pineapple to carrot to cream cheese frosting. It was my husband's birthday cake of choice for years. In fact...

Jim's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

These are these best peanut butter cookies ever. The use of cornstarch, which is gluten free, makes them crumbly and "short" by breaking up some of the gluten in the flour, hence making them a bit...

Lazy Summer Tomato Sauce

My daughter has been working at a produce stand for the past 4 summers. As a result she frequently comes home with baskets of over-ripe tomatoes impatient to be used. Mind you, I'm not...

Our Spring CSA Box

Wonderful spring veggies in my CSA box from Delvin Farms make it easy (and delicious) to think outside the box!

White Bean Soup with Ham

This is a traditional white bean soup made rich and smokey from the ham. Light queso fresco crumbling cheese, available at Mexican markets and some supermakets was a perfect contrast to the warm soup...
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