Plated + Served: Kale and Portobello Mushroom Lasagna


Didn’t think it was possible, but Mama finally got Miss Picky-Nicky to eat kale.

Okay, okay…  the kale was layered between earthy Portobello mushrooms, creamy ricotta cheese and melty mozzarella. But this is the point: she ate it and loved it.

And so will you… and any Picky-Nicky you’re feeding!

Kale for Sale at the Farmers Market



It’s National Caramel Popcorn Day!


To celebrate National Caramel Popcorn Day, here’s a rerun of a favorite recipe: Chili-Spiced Caramel Popcorn. 

Keep this recipe in your back pocket for whenever you’re going to have a crowd over and you want something salty and sweet to snack on… it doesn’t have to be National Caramel Popcorn Day!

Oh… and don’t make this Chili Spice Caramel Popcorn too screaming hot… you’ll want the sweetness to come through, too!


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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: