My Week in Food

Bake Sale /

After a home baking marathon with Rosie, I spent Saturday morning at the neighborhood Farmer’s Market while she set up shop with a bake sale.

momskitchenhandbook.comHad plenty of time to peruse the stalls where this caught my eye at one of the fruit stands:  a farmer with a sense of humor.

momskitchenhandbook.comThis grabbed my attention, too: My kind of kids’ menu

Little Gem Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing /

Went home with salad fixings for lunch with a dressing that went something like this: 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, juice of one lime, tablespoon white wine vinegar, tablespoon (or 2?) creme fraiche, salt, pepper, and enough olive oil to make it taste just right.


I also picked up an abundance of fall fruit for a potluck dessert, which had tough competition at the buffet from this Chocolate Bundt Cake.

Texas chocolate sheet cake /

I got into the chocolate myself for a potluck later in the week. My first ever Texas Sheet Cake. Fun to make, delicious to eat.

Turkey Avocado Wraps /

Back to basics, this week’s lunches were all about wraps and rolls . First this turkey, avocado, tomato wrap.

Banana Peanut Butter Roll up /

Later, peanut butter banana roll ups.


For breakfast-to-go one busy morning, I  layered oatmeal, diced persimmon, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds in jelly jars and topped it off with milk.


For dinner, it was an updated version of this old favorite — stuffed baked potatoes — inspired by this recipe from Dash and Bella. Mine was a little less decadent, but nobody seemed to mind.

Paella /

This also earned thumbs up — paella at a friend’s birthday lunch at Food Network chef Michael Chiarello’s Spanish restaurant, Coqueta.

img1Speaking of Food Network stars, I may pop in for a copy of Giada’s latest at Williams-Sonoma where she’s signing books. Giada groupies can find details here. 


On the subject of cookbooks…good news:  mine, sold out since early September, is finally back in stock. It should show up in bookstores any day now, and if you ordered it on Amazon, fingers crossed, it will arrive soon.

In the meantime, you can get a sneak peek at a couple of the recipes on this demo I did recently for The Better Show.

How was your Week in Food?


11.15.2013 at10:08 AM #


Why does the double baked potato recipe say “don’t eat the skins”? I thought they were nutritious, but is there something bad about eating them?

11.15.2013 at10:08 AM #

Katie Morford

That was lost on me too, Cynthia. The skins are full of fiber along with other nutrients. As an aside, potatoes are one of the “dirty dozen,” and presumably any pesticides would be concentrated in the exterior, so perhaps opt for organic if you can swing it.

11.15.2013 at1:02 PM #


can’t open the video~~love your week in food especially Rosie’s cooking for her fund raiser~~~~~go Rosie.

11.15.2013 at1:02 PM #

Katie Morford

You have to click where it says “this demo,” highlighted in blue. Sorry, tried to do it so you click on the image, but couldn’t figure it out (computer coding is not my strong suit!).

11.16.2013 at11:53 AM #

Sally Maccoun

The bakesale looks great. Where did you get the fun red and white string?

11.16.2013 at11:53 AM #

Katie Morford

I bought it at a little shop in San Francisco, but I think it is the King Arthur flour baker’s twine. Here’s a link:

11.16.2013 at3:24 PM #

Sally Maccoun

We used to go to the Eastern Bakery a lot in Chinatown, S.F. back in the 70’s and whenever you got something in a pink box they would put it in a large machine that just put the red and white string on the box…reminded me of that – I think they still have that machine but my tastes have changed a little, maybe a lot…thanks for your inspirational blog!

11.24.2013 at3:25 PM #

Nicole Sommerfeld

Hi Katie,
We picked up sunchokes yesterday at our Farmer’s Market – something new to try. Do you eat these? Any tips for how to best prepare?

11.24.2013 at3:25 PM #

Katie Morford

Good for you for branching out. I love sunchokes. Roasting them is an easy and delicious way to prepare them. I would go to the website The Kitchn ( and do a search. They have some good recipes there.

12.15.2013 at4:47 PM #


I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
Plz respond as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like
to know where u got this from. thanks

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