Keri M

I'm a single lady who shares her home and life with her sprightly 91-year-old mom and two spoiled cats. I'm happiest in my garden, crafting and cooking - especially baking. I love to experiment and try new things (Pinterest is my natural habitat), and while my reach sometimes exceed my grasp - I've had a few epic fails in the kitchen! - I always learn something new ... and the journey (even if it's sometimes a little bumpy) is its own reward.

Keri M's posts

Delightful Dips for Your Next Party

Posted by Keri M on November 15, 2022

Many elements set the stage for a great gathering: an interesting mix of guests, mood-setting décor and of course – terrific eats! When you plan your appetizer spread, be sure to include the unsung hero of perfect party food: a variety of delicious dips! Defining Dips Essentially, dips are thick sauces that add flavor to read more »

What’s The Best Beer for Beer Bread?

Posted by Keri M on November 10, 2022

There’s just one rule for choosing a beer for beer bread: pick something you like! Every variety of beer has a unique flavor that will impact how your beer bread tastes. A good rule of thumb is to choose a flavor profile that complements whatever you plan to serve with your beer bread. Tastefully Simple’s read more »

What Goes With Beer Bread?

Posted by Keri M on November 1, 2022

Beer bread is great all on its own, and pairs with many entrees and side dishes, making it the perfect complement any meal. You can also choose the flavor of your beer bread depending on the type of beer you use or by varying your beer bread recipe. Here are a few dishes that partner read more »

Bowl of soup with chicken and veggies

Discover Your Soup-er Powers!

Posted by Keri M on October 18, 2022

If you live in a part of the country where the leaves are turning vivid hues and the air is turning brisk, you know what time it is: soup season! Even if the weather where you are stays balmy year-round, a hearty, homemade soup is always a welcome sight on the dinner table. Here are read more »

Looking for tasty tea? Chai this!

Posted by Keri M on September 20, 2022

Have you ever looked down into a steaming mug of tea and wondered about all the generations of people who have done the same over the centuries? That happened to me recently when I stirred up a cup of my favorite hot beverage, Oh My! Chai. This was one of the first products I tried read more »

Bowl of Simply Salsa

5 Ways to Up Your Salsa Game

Posted by Keri M on September 13, 2022

What is the most popular condiment in the U.S.? Based on the title of this post, you’ve probably already figured out it’s salsa – the tomato-and-chilies-based sauce that dates all the way back to the Aztec, Inca and Mayan empires. According to, 218 million American bought salsa last year. But why go to the read more »

Shredded Chicken

Makin’ Magic Chicken 5 Delicious Ways

Posted by Keri M on September 8, 2022

Do you believe in magic? Back in the Middle Ages, self-styled wizards claimed to be able to transform common materials into treasures, such as turning lead into gold. Sadly, it wasn’t true. However, I recently discovered a bit of real, simple sorcery that turns 4 pounds of chicken into a freezer full of delicious. The read more »

Bacon Pepper Corn, BBQ Bacon Pork Tenderloin, Bacon Pepper Jam over Cream Cheese

6 Degrees of BACON!

Posted by Keri M on September 1, 2022

You know that game where you try to link actor Kevin Bacon with any other celebrity within six connections? It’s a fun intellectual exercise, but frankly, I prefer to make my connections with actual bacon. In recognition of National Bacon Day, here are a half dozen fun facts (from about everyone’s favorite salt-cured meat, read more »

5 Fresh Ideas for Farmer’s Market Finds

Posted by Keri M on August 9, 2022

Happy Farmer’s Market Week! Have you visited your local farmer’s market lately? You shouldn’t have to go far to find one – the United States Department of Agriculture reports that there are more than 8,000 regularly recurring farmer’s markets across the U.S. While many of these are open year-round, August is prime time for farmer’s read more »

You Go, Grill! Great Grilling Ideas

You Go, Grill! Great Grilling Ideas

Posted by Keri M on July 7, 2022

Have you fired up the grill this summer? If so, you’ve got plenty of company. According to CNN, an estimated 79.1 million Americans have grilled out in the last year, and 75% of us own a grill or smoker. Hamburgers are king of the grill, but every year millions of hot dogs, brats, steaks, seafood read more »