My Week in Food

Leftovers farro saladStarted the week off by cleaning out the produce drawer and chopping it all into a farro salad that we took on a trip out of town. Better than an airplane snack box in my book.

Chili Lime Veggie Snacks

We headed to sunnier shores where this greeted us at the hotel. Fruit and veggie crudite paired with chili and lime. The kids took it down in no time.

Shrimp TacoProbably my favorite meal of our getaway: Spicy  shrimp tacos. Look for something along these lines soon, since I’ve got some copycatting to do.

Girls Making Thanksgiving Dinner

Tacos and crudite didn’t quite cut it for Thanksgiving, so when we got home we put together a “better late than never” Thanksgiving dinner. Funny, with everyone pitching in and just our little family at the table, it wasn’t that much work.

Homemade Cranberry SauceA highlight was hearing Virginia call my mom, take notes on how to make her beloved cranberry sauce, and then pull it off like a pro. Traditions!

Balsamic Roasted Radiccio with Walnuts

In addition to our mini Thanksgiving, this was one of the first things I cooked when we got home from vacation: Roasted Radiccio with Pancetta and Walnuts from “all-things-Italian” cookbook author Domenica Marchetti.  I wasn’t remotely bitter about the girls deeming it “too bitter” since it meant every last scrap went to me and Mr. Mom’s Kitchen.


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Food news this week: In addition to word that Costco is saying no to GMO salmon, IHOP and Applebees are taking soda off their kid’s menus. I’d love to see others follow suit!

Miso Ginger Soup with Sweet Potato Noodles

Trying to balance all the holiday goodies with lots of wholesome suppers starting with a miso ginger mushroom soup to which I added spiralized sweet potatoes. I just let the broth come to a boil, added the sweet potatoes, and let it cook just past crunchy.  Yum.

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This being the season of giving, we decided to do one small thing this month for the homeless folks in SF (which, sadly, seem to be in greater abudance than ever before): Lunch sacks to pass out whenever we encounter someone looking for a bite to eat.  P.S. I’d love to hear what giving back looks like for your family, so feel free to share. 
FullSizeRender-81-300x300The school craft fair is Saturday, so Virginia and a buddy turned our kitchen into a nuthouse, literally, making a giant batch of Cocoa Dusted Almonds along with Candied Pecans (swapping in a Moroccan spice mix instead of cinnamon). How cute are those paper snacking cones?  

Guss's MarketI have a thing for grocery stores and am excited (to an embarrassing degree, according to my children) about the expansion of the Haight Street Market (now called Gus’s Community Market) just a block from ODC, where I take dance classes. AND (drum roll) there’s parking.

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Speaking of groceries, with the craziness of the holidays, I’ve been leaning on Instacart, an online shopping site that is basically personal shopping for food. First time delivery is free and after doing it a few times, I find I can bang out my shopping in less than 10 minutes.

Pretty in Pink Champagne Pomegranate Cocktail

Which means I have more time for making (and drinking) my favorite holiday cocktail.

How was your Week in Food?

Comments

12.04.2015 at12:23 PM #

Leslie

What’s in your lunch sacks for the homeless? I’d love to copy that idea. To answer your question, here’s what we do: we are Jewish and don’t celebrate Christmas so every year for the last 6 or 7 years, we’ve worked at a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve, serving a traditional holiday meal. It’s been very impactful for the whole family.

12.04.2015 at12:23 PM #

Katie Morford

LOVE that. As for the lunch sacks, they have chocolate milk boxes, two granola bars and a big apple.

12.05.2015 at7:39 AM #

Meg Hart

Love this week’s This Week! Full of great ideas, from that yummy salad to the lunch bags to Instacart. Thank you.

12.05.2015 at7:39 AM #

Katie Morford

You are welcome Meg. I’m most excited about that new market just down from ODC.

12.05.2015 at8:50 AM #

EA-The Spicy RD

It sounds like a wonderful (and busy!) week! LOVE your lunch sack idea 🙂 Last year my son, who was still believing in Santa, asked that all his “Santa gifts” go to other children in need, so we ended up making a donation in each of our children’s names to a group in need, and leaving letters from “Santa” to the kids about the donations. Now that the “Santa gig” is up,this year, we will continue to do the same. Also, my daughter has been wanting to volunteer at the local animal shelter for several years now, but hadn’t been old enough. Now that she’s 14, she’s going throu training and will be working in the adoptions department every week -she is SO excited 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

12.05.2015 at8:50 AM #

Katie Morford

Your sweet boy. Magical. Thanks for sharing your stories and wonderful ideas. We can all inspire each other.

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