Archive | February, 2013

RAISING ADVENTUROUS APPETITES

An ongoing reel of memories seems to be part and parcel to raising kids. It’s kind of like living with little ghosts. I see their taut limbs draped across bedclothes while they sleep and flash back to a pair of chunky thighs curled up in a bassinet. I hear heavy footsteps coming down the hall, […]

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EASY EGG-IN-A-BAGEL BREAKFAST

When we weren’t eating cold cereal, weekday breakfasts as a kid involved one of three prepared dishes: oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, or a pan-fried slice of bread with an egg cracked in the center. In our house, these egg-in-toast numbers were named One-Eyed-Jacks, though I’ve since heard them called Winkies, Eggs-in-A-Hole, and Bullseyes.  It’s a […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Here are a handful of iphone snapshots from the week capturing what I got up to in the kitchen, and out. These showed up on Valentine’s Day courtesy of Mr. Mom’s Kitchen. Who knew a charming set of measuring spoons could make a girl swoon. Happy to find this wholesome salad at the otherwise decadent […]

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TOP TOOL FOR SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD

Fish can be a superb source of vitamins, minerals, protein, and omega-3s (good fats associated with everything from brain development to reduced heart disease risk), but sometimes it seems like you need a degree in marine biology to make heads or tails of what’s safe and sustainable in the fish market. Well, here’s a handy […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Here are a handful of snapshots from the week that capture some of what I got up to in the kitchen, all taken with my iphone.   Set out a package of puff pastry and a bowl of apples on Saturday morning and let the kids (plus sleepover buddies) have at it. Tada! Apple pastries […]

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A ONE-BOWL CHOCOLATE CAKE

I wasn’t going to do it. Wasn’t going to write another Valentine’s Day post. I already tackled that last week with the hot cocoa/whipped cream heart business. But then this One-Bowl Chocolate Cake appeared in my inbox from Cheryl Sternman Rule, one of my favorite food writers, and I was worried you wouldn’t see it. […]

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SLOW COOKER PINTO BEANS

A single food can be  the springboard for an entire supper, and few ingredients have as much to offer as the humble bean. Pinto beans in particular are appealing because they have a creamy texture and mild flavor, are widely available, and dirt cheap.  You can turn a pot of pintos into a multitude of […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Here are a handful of snapshots of what life looked like in my kitchen over the past week, taken with my iphone. I figured we had a wholesome new morning staple on our hands when I made these  Date Almond Breakfast Bars from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. The kids? Not so much, “too grainy,”  ”too […]

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HOT TIP: HOW TO MAKE A KILLER COMPOSED SALAD

  A salad isn’t  the first dish that springs to mind when I think of family-friendly foods, but if done right, kids can be crazy about them. Chopped salads, built up with crunchy lettuce, diced vegetables, and little extras such as croutons and crumbled bacon go over well in our house.  For main dish eating, […]

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PERFECT COCOA
WITH WHIPPED CREAM HEARTS

I heard a rumor last year.  Not the ugly sort of rumor this results from unseemly gossip, but the good kind that you hope is true.  I can’t remember where I read it or who said it, but I tucked it in the back of my mind until just last week when I put it […]

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