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Christine Wansleben
Christine Wansleben, chef and owner of Mise En Place Cooking School, lives in the West End, where she cooks up a storm with her husband and their twins.

    No-Bake Dishes

    Shrimp Summer Rolls Bring water to a boil and cook 2 ounces Thai rice noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse, and cool (makes about 2 cups). In small prep bowls, have ready 6 rice paper rounds, 12 fresh Thai basil…

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    Spring’s Holiday Table

    Cornish Hens with Apricots Soak 3½ cups dried apricots in hot water for 1 hour, then drain. Heat 6 Tbsp peanut oil in a large saucepan. Sprinkle 6 Cornish hens (split in half) with salt, pepper, and 1 tsp cinnamon…

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    Recipe for Romance

    Choose a night this month, have the kids pack a picnic dinner to enjoy on the family room floor (baby carrots and chicken nuggets, anyone?) And the stage is set for a romantic dinner for two. While sharing the meal…

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    Soup’s On!

    One-Pot Harvest Soup In a large saucepan, melt 1 stick of unsalted butter. Add one cup chopped onion, 2 peeled garlic cloves, and 1 cup each: peeled, cored, and diced Gala apple; peeled and sliced parsnip; peeled and chopped butternut…

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    Gadgets And Gizmos!

    What does the busy parent (translation: the one who makes the meals) want this holiday season? Here are three fantastic kitchen tools and time savers that I use all the time, and four more that I really want in my…

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    Squash Watch!

    Fall is here and area stores are stocked with a variety of gorgeous, interesting-looking squashes. So what can we do with them – besides arrange them artfully on our tables, countertops, or front steps, that is? Botanically speaking, a squash…

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    30-Minute Meals

    Name something we all want more of and can’t seem to find, especially when it comes to making a meal for the family. Time – that’s what! There’s planning, prep, and of course, execution. And wouldn’t it be nice to…

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    From Basic to Brilliant

    Looking to change up your regular recipe routine? The key to making quick, easy changes to an ordinary dish is having a well-stocked pantry with the right essentials. Make a list, and stock up the next time you’re at the…

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    Brain Food

    Go-To Spinach and Artichoke Dip Combine an 8-oz package of room-temperature low-fat cream cheese, ½ cup chopped spinach (thawed frozen or cooked), and one 6-oz jar of marinated artichokes, drained. Reserve the marinade. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor…

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