Archive | August, 2011

MAKING ROOM FOR “FUN” FOODS

I‘ll apologize up front that the gorgeousness in the photo above isn’t coming to you in a recipe today. My sister-in-law Alison made these Strawberry and Yogurt Cream Tarts for a barbecue at our house recently, and yes, they were as delicious as they look. It was not a “no, thank you” or even “just […]

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10 IDEAS FOR AN OPEN-FACED BREAKFAST

Now that summer is coming to a close, I’m feeling, as I always do, terribly nostalgic. The sibling rivalry, trail of wet towels, dirty dishes, and inherent chaos of having three kids around 24/7 quickly fades, and all I remember is fun and family time. The highlight was a big and (for us) fairly exotic […]

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TIP FOR MAKING BAGELS SIZED JUST RIGHT

Over the years, bagels have been supersized along with so many other foods in the marketplace. They can top 400 calories a pop: That’s the equivalent to four slices of sandwich bread, which doesn’t leave much room for wholesome goodies on the inside. Not to mention the fact that a big bagel is tricky for […]

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CORN AND AVOCADO SALAD WITH QUICK PICKLED ONIONS

I’m excited to share today’s recipe because it’s DELICIOUS. My kids went nuts for it…”naughty little fingers in the serving bowl, scraping up every last bit” kind of nuts. If any of you invite me to a party, or picnic, or any summer event at any time now or in the future, expect that I […]

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6 STEPS TO SEAMLESS PACKED LUNCHES

First off, congratulations to the winners of the “back-to-school” giveaway. Meggin Wetherill, a mom from Texas and Lori Herbert, a Tennesse mom, have Pottery Barn Kids’ backpacks, lunchboxes, thermoses, and handy storage containers coming their way. Stay tuned for a second giveaway to be announced on September 6. Secondly, thanks to everyone for sharing lunch […]

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SNEAKY CHOCOLATE BUNDT CAKE

From the looks of this cake you’d never guess that a full two cups of raw vegetables go into the batter. From the taste of it you’d never suspect the presence of beets and zucchini either. But grated raw vegetables aren’t reason enough to bake this cake; it’s more a nutritious perk. Do it because […]

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GIVEAWAY: BACKPACKS, LUNCHBOXES, AND BACK-TO-SCHOOL LOOT

Note: The giveaway is officially closed. A second giveaway will be announced on September 6, so stay tuned! The reality of the kids returning to school is always bittersweet for me: I’ll miss having them around, but relish the quiet. I’ll long for the relaxed rhythm of summer, but enjoy the restore to order in […]

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GRILLED PESTO PORTABELLA BURGERS

Not long after having my third child I was talking to a friend about how overwhelmed I was, explaining that I could no longer keep the “to dos” straight in my head. With the various activities, play dates, nap times, and many appointments, along with my own schedule, I wasn’t able to keep track of […]

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GEAR UP

So many cool things have percolated out of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook over the past several months, I’m pinching myself. Among them is my collaboration with the fine folks at Pottery Barn Kids, one of my backyard brands here in San Francisco. We’ve been working together on a “back-to-school” season primer of sorts, to help moms […]

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