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Heather Tallman

Heather Tallman is a Bloomington native, freelance writer and mother to 2 busy boys. She is also a food writer for her local newspaper as well as the creator of Basilmomma, a cooking blog. She writes about her culinary hits and misses and all of the life that goes along with it. Her goal is to create fast, fresh and family-friendly meals that teach her children and others that creating meals from farm to table is not only attainable but easier than you think.

Recent Posts by Heather Tallman

November 26, 2012

Drink Up 

bananas in blender

Kids In The Kitchen: ABC Slush

This drink gets its name from the ingredients. It's our Apple Banana Chiller.

October 15, 2012

Tasty Dips 

feather-dip

Kids In The Kitchen: Feather Dip

Heather and Felix join forces to make the Feather Dip, a cheesy salsa dip.

October 8, 2012

Seasonal Snack 

Cinnamon Apple Crisps

Kids In The Kitchen: Cinnamon Apple Crisps

You can cut the cinnamon raisin bread into fun shapes and then top them with cream cheese and apples for a fun snack.

June 12, 2012

Summer Soup 

colorful bell pepper pile

Stuffed Peppers, Part Deux

How to make tasty soup out of an old family favorite.

April 1, 2012

Spilling The Beans 

mixed dried beans close-up

Sneaky Snack Attack: Ranch Meets Hummus

Got a kid who won't eat their beans? They'll find this dip irresistible. (Just don't tell them what's in it.)

March 28, 2012

Bird Of A Different Feather 

white duck head (alive)

Beyond Bok Bok: Crispy Orange-Glazed Duck

If you're getting tired of eating chicken, why not try duck?

March 18, 2012

¿Por qué no? 

cilantro and tomato

Forget The Tortilla: Taco Soup

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo early with this fiesta in soup form.

March 11, 2012

Layin' Down The Slaw  

red cabbage close-up macro cross-section

Light And Easy Coleslaw

Have you planted cabbage seeds in your garden? This summery recipe will get you excited for the bounty you'll be harvesting in a couple months.

March 1, 2012

Mac 2.0 

macaroni dry closeup macro

Bold Blue Mac And Cheese

Change things up a little with this zesty variation on an old classic.

February 14, 2012

Pasta, Please 

penne pasta

Penne With Creamy Spinach And Goat Cheese Sauce

This meal satisfies my need for goat cheese, greens and pasta all on one plate.

February 2, 2012

Finger Food 

Pepperoni Rolls and marinara sauce

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls With Marinara Dipping Sauce

These pizza-like roll ups are so simple and can be made with virtually any filling you like. They are a perfect appetizer for any get-together.

January 29, 2012

Stiff Drinks 

Blood Oranges

Wintery Fruit Cocktail With Blood Oranges

Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can't indulge in a fruity cocktail of your liking.

December 31, 2011

Holiday Cookies 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Crinkles

This time of the year can get really expensive with all the gift giving we have to do. Why not try baking something simple and creative.

December 27, 2011

Finger Food 

meatballs with zesty orange glaze

Seasonal Tapas: Meatballs With Zesty Orange Glaze

If you're having guests for a quick visit, why labor in the kitchen over some ho-hum meal when you can pack a flavorful punch into one perfect bite?

December 17, 2011

Finger Food 

spinach and feta wontons

Seasonal Tapas: Spinach And Feta Cups

I have adopted a Tapas way of thinking when it comes to sharing a dish as a dinner guest -- small, individual portions that pack in a lot of flavor.

November 30, 2011

The Herbs Have It 

Pork Chops With Herb Rub And Cream Sauce

Pork Chops With Herb Rub And Rosemary Cream Sauce

Herbs like rosemary, oregano, thyme and sage are the stars of this dish. Pick up some local pork chops and enjoy a night at home cooking.

November 20, 2011

Belly Warmer 

Meaty Three-Bean Chili

Meaty Three-Bean Chili

If you find yourself being invited to my house in the woods, prepare yourself for some leaf raking and my chili afterwards.

November 6, 2011

What's for dinner 

Chopped Red Skin Potatoes

Balsamic Chicken Over Smashed Red Potatoes

If you have some chicken breasts, bacon, shallots and potatoes in your kitchen, you're more than half way to preparing an amazing feast in no time at all.

November 5, 2011

Thanksgiving Side 

Apple Pie Risotto

Gorgonzola, Apple And Cranberry Risotto

'Tis the season to pick apples, and what better way to use them than this recipe that can be used as a side for Thanksgiving.

October 23, 2011

Breakfast Treat 

french toast with raspberry syrup

Cinnamon French Toast With Raspberry Spiced Syrup

There's nothing that starts -- or maintains -- conversations better than a good meal.

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