My Week in Food

It was a rolling couple of weeks of spring break over here, since the kids were all on different holiday schedules. We managed to keep busy, though, including this day when my oldest and her friends took the helm in the kitchen, making fresh ...

10 Simple Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Let’s be honest, most Americans probably don’t have a clue what the sentiment behind Cinco de Mayo really is. It’s much like St. Patrick’s Day: a fun excuse to drink green beer (or green margaritas) and kick up your heels. But, since it’s wise to be ...

A Cool New Idea To Take the Sting out of Supper

I commend every parent who manages to get dinner on the table and gathers their people around it. Homemade food eaten in community is a good thing for health, wellness, and for family connection. We know this intuitively, and we also have piles of ...

Easy Recipes, Table Topics & Fresh Ideas

A HEALTHY FOOD GUIDE TO SHOPPING AT COSTCO

Anyone who says eating healthy and eating economically can’t go hand in hand hasn’t been to Costco lately. Although I haven’t historically ...

CREAMY DREAMY BANANA DATE SHAKE

My friend Claire approached me several months ago with a cooking quandary. She’d tried in vain to knock off the delicious shakes ...

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts

A wander through one of my favorite markets last week inspired this salad. The peppery arugula offset by fragrant strawberries with the ...

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Two More Ways for Kids to Get Smart in the Kitchen

Last week’s post, 10 Cooking Skills Every Kid Should Know, generated such interest, I thought I would keep the conversation going by sharing two new resources that have come across my radar recently. Both are useful tools to help children find passion and smarts when it comes to food, cooking, nutrition, and everything in between. […]

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Best Dinner Party Dessert: Easy Affogato

Much as I like to cook, when it comes to entertaining, I want to be with my company more than my kitchen. I lean on make-ahead dishes, simple starters, and sweets than can be pulled together with ease. Affogato, a classic Italian dessert, meets all of my criteria for effortless entertaining and has become one of […]

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LEMON TAHINI DRESSING WITH VEGETABLES

Even if you’ve never purchased a jar of tahini, I imagine you’ve probably eaten it, although you may not have known it. Tahini is a core ingredient in that most popular of Middle Eastern dips: hummus. The taste, when spooned straight up, hints mildly of peanut butter, though it’s thinner in texture and is notably high in calcium (which is […]

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10 COOKING SKILLS EVERY KID SHOULD KNOW BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE NEST

It was in the throws of dealing with a plumbing problem in the the downstairs bathroom of our house that it hit me. I was mid-punge, trying to avoid the splash, when out of nowhere a wave of mild anxiety settled across my consciousness that had nothing at all to do with plumbing and everything to do with my […]

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ICED MATCHA MINT TEA LATTE

Waiting in line at a coffee shop these days can be its own form of entertainment as folks eager for their caffeine fix fling orders at baristas that sounds like a foreign language: I’ll have a venti skinny coconut mocha, 2 pumps, hold the whip. I’ll take it to go, 2 straws. or I’d like […]

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SKILLET EGG AND VEGGIE BREAKFAST BOWL

Spending half of a year writing a breakfast cookbook involved, among many things, eating a lot of breakfast. Just ask my kids, who sometimes ate granola in the morning only to discover waffles in their lunch boxes, and poached eggs on the dinner table. Sounds fun, until it’s not anymore. The upside to all of this […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

If you’re wondering how I learned my way around the kitchen, look no further than my mom. This was a crazy good lunch she prepped when I popped over for lunch one day: composed salads of mixed lettuces, hard cooked egg, crab, shrimp, tomatoes and a creamy avocado dressing. Not quite so pretty, but pretty […]

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THREE LITTLE WORDS TO EASE DINNERTIME ANGST

If you’ve spent much time here, you know that meal planning isn’t my strong suit. I often decide what goes on the dinner table round about the time I need to cook dinner. I’m getting better though, thanks in part to a new book by registered dietitian and writer, Maryann Jacobson. What to Cook for […]

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25 HEALTHY MUFFIN TIN MEALS

I’ve never devoted a lot of time making my kids’ food “cute.” Once in a blue moon I’ll pull out the cookie cutters for sandwiches. A few times I helped Rosie with twice baked potatoes that looked like mice. And I will occasionally fashion a heart on a cake using powdered sugar. But today cute meets […]

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OMIEBOX GIVEAWAY:
A COOL NEW LUNCH BOX AND I’M GIVING AWAY 3!

Over the past several years I’ve gravitated more and more to bento-style lunch boxes rather than a mash up of baggies and little containers that never seem to have matching lids. But I’ve found one shortcoming in the bentos I’ve tried:  they don’t work for hot food. It’s a problem that Nancy Yen discovered when […]

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