My Week in Food

Another busy Week in Food with a couple of cookbook events, lunch boxes to fill, and a kitchen that never seems to get clean. Here’s what it all looked like snapped with my i-phone:

Blueberry Mango Smoothie w/ Toasted Almonds /

Favorite new post-workout “antioxidant bomb”: 1/4 cup each frozen blueberries and frozen mango,  1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup plain almond milk (or any kinda milk you like), 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 pitted Medjool date. Whirl. Top with a spoonful of toasted almonds.

Lamb Shoulder Stew /

I was kind of fired up about this stew for Sunday supper with friends using a lamb shoulder and homemade lamb broth until it hit me that the Irish son of a sheepherder was amongst our company. Making lamb stew for a sheepherder’s son? Felt a little bit like serving spaghetti to an Italian pasta maker.

Healthier Nachos / momskitchenhandbook.comThe kids wondered what had come over their mother when I served this for dinner: Nachos! I made five piles of multi-grain tortilla chips on sheet pans and melted sharp Cheddar under a broiler. Topped each mound with turkey taco meat from this recipe, light sour cream, diced avocado, salsa and a giant cabbage slaw on the side.  I like nachos as much as the next gal, just not the kind that comes out of a pump.

Red Quinoa Salad with Feta and Arugula /

I was the one in for a surprise a few days later when I asked the kids what they wanted for dinner and one piped up, “red quinoa salad.” My immediate thought was, “this adventurous eating experiment is working!”  This is what I made:  red quinoa, arugula, carrots, feta, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper. Leftovers went into lunch boxes.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches / momskitchenhandbook.comAnother popular dinner were these juicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches on Friday night when the girls had a gaggle of friends over. Perfect for a crowd every time.


Who needs lemonade stands when you have …Jam Stands! We picked up this tiny jar of strawberry jam from Rowan, who was all of five, hawking homemade preserves outside his house just down the street.

Sunflower Butter & Granola Applewiches/

After school snacks:  a cored apple sliced and filled with sunflower butter and granola from Best Lunch Box Ever.

Pineapple & Persimmon Skewers /

Everything is better on a skewer, no? Here, another after school snack of pineapple and the season’s first persimmon.

Arugula and Fennel Salad with Parmesan and Almonds /

This was my lunch three days running: arugula, carrots, fennel, almonds, diced Parmesan, balsamic, olive oil, salt…sometimes with a chocolate chip cookie chaser.

Cocoa Date Truffles by Aida MollenkampSpeaking of chocolate, I’m headed on a couple of work trips and plan to take a page from Aida Mollenkamp on her favorite travel treat: Date Coconut Cacao Nib Truffles. #betterthanasnackboxanyday
p.s. this pretty picture was not taken by my i-phone but by Aida herself

Macy's Cellar demo

Had to share this goofy picture from my Macy’s Cellar demo where I was feeling a little “Janet Jackson” with that microphone. Don’t worry, I neither sang nor busted out my dance moves.

How was your week in food?


10.11.2013 at12:58 PM #

Aida Mollenkamp

Katie – Thanks for sharing my “truffles” and congrats on all the great book events!

10.11.2013 at12:58 PM #

Katie Morford

Of course….making the “truffles” with my youngest today. She saw the photo and wanted to get right to it.

10.12.2013 at5:30 AM #

Sally Kuzemchak

I dunno, I’m thinking that you’re channeling Britney Spears with that microphone, Katie! Nice week and lots of good ideas. Thanks!

10.12.2013 at5:30 AM #

Katie Morford

I think next time I just need to show a little more skin.

10.12.2013 at7:58 AM #


Still Learning….. Only got up early enough before work to partially cook the roasted chicken breasts and diced potatoes with olive oil and thyme. (Had to stash it in the fridge all day) Teen sleepover tonight! Yikes!. But 13 year olds can preheat the oven and complete the dinner with a little coaching by phone. Steamed up the veggies once I did get home to my kitchen. and Voila – a lovely “home made dinner” by a working midwife mom! Dinner at the table with hearty food and laughter. A perfect end to the day. Thanks for your inspirations Katy!

10.12.2013 at7:58 AM #

Katie Morford

Love that story….thanks Elaine. Lucky mamma to come home to such a meal.

10.12.2013 at8:17 AM #


Convinced a kid who hates all vegetables and all forms of “puree” to eat the creamy carrot mac and cheese. That recipe is genius and all the adults loved it too! That one’s definitely going to be in heavy rotation!

10.12.2013 at8:17 AM #

Katie Morford


10.12.2013 at8:27 AM #


Definitely making those truffles! The whole family has really been enjoying your granola bark recipe. Thanks!!!

10.12.2013 at9:21 AM #

Catherine McCord

I love the Janet Jackson look. WIsh I was there to watch you demo!!

10.12.2013 at9:21 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Catherine…wish you were here too!

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