It can be entertaining to see what kind of magic happens when kids are left to their own devices in the kitchen. Mine pulled out every fruit from the freezer, whirled up these breakfast smoothies, and then named them Holiday Twist. The recipe would be impossible to repeat, was delicious while it lasted.

Here you see steam coming off a pan of Mr. Mom’s Kitchen’s famous Mexican eggs. It’s my favorite meal of the entire holiday season (persimmon pudding included!) and serves as our annual Christmas brunch.

These hearty winter staples were too pretty not to capture with a photo. I cut them up for a holiday crudite platter along with an herby creme fraiche dip.

One of my most cherished Christmas gifts was also the tiniest: an eggplant, tomato, and strawberry shortcake done in clay about the size of the tip of my pinky courtesy of Virginia. The girl knows the way to my heart:  food + homemade crafts?  Slam dunk.

I was all over these napkins when I spied them in a shop last weekend. Made by MYdrap, they’re linen napkins that come in a roll like paper towels, only they’re washable, re-usuable, and when worn out, compostable.
Running on empty doing last minute errands, I stopped into Rubios, a Mexican chain specializing in fish tacos.  I was impressed by this Balsamic Grilled Veggie and Chicken Salad. At just 310 calories, it packed in plenty of nutrient-rich lettuces, greens, and vegetables and wasn’t bad for fast food.

On the flip side was this bowl of slow food:  Sicilian Meatballs from the Bi-Rite Cookbook. Served them for a gathering with friends alongside crusty bread, a green salad, and a big bowl of broccoli. Yum.

Finished up the week with a taste of new traditions over at my cousin Heather’s house whose Jewish husband made us crazy good crispy latkes and a vat of applesauce to go with them.
I may convert.

How was your week in food?