My Week in Food

Passion Fruit / momskitchenhandbook.comIt’s really Two Weeks in Food today since I  didn’t get to it last weekend. Let’s catch up. First, I went as a stowaway in Mr. Mom’s Kitchen’s suitcase on a “work trip”  to Hawaii. While he had meetings, I ate my weight in tropical fruit. Love that passionfruit comes in its own serving bowl.

Rambutan /

Rambutan, another exotic fruit as beautiful as it is delicious.

malasadas /momskitchenhandbook.comIt wasn’t an all fruit diet in the tropics. I did make room for a few of these airy Portuguese donuts famous in the islands…though not ideal just before getting into a bikini.


Left one beach for another…this was what our Northern California coast looked like on Thanksgiving Day.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

We played in the sand only after churning out a few pies. First, salted caramel apple.

Making pumpkin pie / momskitchenhandbook.comThen pumpkin. We also made a chocolate cream pie, which turned out to be everyone’s favorite. So much for tradition.

Butternut Squash with Bacon Soup /
We turned leftover pumpkin into a creamy soup topped with crumbled bacon.

Lasagne Making Playdate /

Finished up the weekend with a gaggle of girls over to play. I decided to put them to work so set up an assembly line with all the fixings for lasagne inspired by this recipe with a few adjustments (added spinach, used ground turkey in place of half the sausage, skipped the goat cheese).

Turkey Sausage Lasagne /

The girls each had a DIY lasagne to bring home for dinner.

Meyer Lemons /

And this is what arrived as a thank you for said dinner: a bundle of beautiful backyard Meyer lemons. Score.
Apple Cheddar Toasts /

Apple cheddar toasts with a dash of cinnamon for after school snack.

Total failure: lemon rice pudding done in the slow cooker. Too “health foodie” according to one of the kids. Perhaps it was the fact that I used brown rice? Back to the drawing board.

Best Homemade Popcorn

Indulged in a weeknight movie with the kids to see Frozen (loved). Brought along a batch of  homemade popcorn.  New favorite formula: 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil and 1/2 cup popcorn to pop the corn. Drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoon melted butter and salt to taste. Excellent.

Cranberry Crowned Coffee Cake /
Finished the week with a holiday gathering whereby I turned the cranberry muffin recipe from Best Lunch Box Ever into an upside down cranberry coffee cake. Here’s how: Sprinkle 1/4 cup brown sugar in a greased 9-inch cake pan. Cover with 1 cup roughly chopped fresh cranberries. Spread the muffin batter  on top (reduce the amount of cranberries in the batter to 1 1/2 cups). Bake until a toothpick comes out clean!

How was your week in food?








12.07.2013 at8:56 PM #


Saw your popcorn, wanted to add its delish with nutritional yeast sprinkled on too. Passion fruit is the best. Was born and raised in South Africa. We used to get guava dillas it’s a hybrid of passion fruit and guava. Most delicious thing ever. Love good fruit. Thanks for the great post.

12.07.2013 at8:56 PM #

Katie Morford

I’ve never heard of guava dillas! There’s something wonderful about new discoveries in food.

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