My Week in Food

Garden Lettuces

The highlight of My Week in Food was harvesting this pretty mosaic of way too many lettuces from the garden. We are swimming in salads over here.

Arugula Spinach Walnut Pesto

Piles of greens went into a double batch of Dash and Bella’s Arugula Spinach Pesto, with walnuts subbed in for pinenuts. Tip tops melted onto steaming pasta.

Arugula Spinach Pesto with Soft Cooked Egg / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Even better for brunch the next day on whole grain toast topped with a soft cooked egg.

Strawberry Walnut  Salad / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Check out what our babysitter Amy did with some of those salad greens: School lunch for the girls when Mr. Mom’s Kitchen and I were on date night. Looks like I got competition.

Lunch Box Chicken Salad / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Trying to hold my own with this one a day later. Pretty pretty.

Grilled Peaches with Creme Fraiche and Raspberries / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Speaking of pretty, Virginia crafted dessert when we had the grill going: warm peaches with creme fraiche and raspberries. Apparently she’s onto the savory dessert trend with that cilantro garnish.

Homemade Doggy Biscuits

Not so pretty were these Amaranth Peanut Butter Cookies gone very wrong. Isabelle’s comment that the test batch tasted like dog biscuits gave me an idea. I pulled out the cookie cutters and baked the rest of the batter for our pint-sized pooch.

Homemade Popcorn / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

After seeing that Common Sense Media gave the movie Fed Up the green light for kids, I decided to pop some popcorn and take them to see it. We were the only ones in the theater having snacks (perhaps not a surprise in a move condemning the food industry) and the film, frankly, freaked my crew out. We left after 10 minutes.

Burger Night / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

We rolled into Memorial Day Weekend with the requisite burgers. Got a little fancy by folding shallots, rosemary, oregano, and thyme into the meat before it hit the grill. Sharp Cheddar, always.

Blueberry Apricot Crumble Bars / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Rosie did us proud with a Memorial Day dessert: Blueberry Crumb Bars from Smitten Kitchen. We were a little short on blueberries, so filled in with apricots.

Cacio Pepe Pasta / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Made Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe, an old favorite, for supper one busy weeknight.  I cut the amount of pepper in half to accomodate the younger palates at the table. Thumbs up all around.

Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Muesli / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

This was breakfast all week: a variation on Dark Chocolate Muesli using equal parts spelt flakes and oats and dehydrated strawberries instead of dried fruit. LOVE.

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Parfaits

More strawberries for breakfast, this time cooked down with rhubarb over Greek yogurt. Can’t get enough of that rhubarb.

How was your Week in Food?



05.30.2014 at7:59 AM #

Mary Frances

My husband and I (sans kids) attended the premiere screening of “Fed Up” at the HotDocs Festival here in Toronto in April, and we thought that it was an amazing and important documentary; as a writer who is focussing on “raising fresh-food kids in a French-fried world”, I would have thought that this would be perfect for you and your kids to see. Could you elaborate on what freaked your crew out?

I hope that you will take the time to see it in its entirety, because I believe that the danger of processed foods is no longer just a personal choice but has become a public health (and small-p political issue); adults who believe in the power of good food need to educate themselves about the “other side of the coin” – the systematic damage that junky, additive-filled food is doing to the public, and the responsibility of those who are producing it to take responsibility for that damage (in the words of Mark Bittman, “junk food companies are acting very much like tobacco companies did 30 years ago”).

I would encourage all of your readers to take a look at the official trailer for “Fed Up”
( and decide for themselves.

I will be taking my 12 year old daughter and 16 year old son to see this film to inform them about the biggest health issue that their generation is facing.

05.30.2014 at8:27 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks for the comment Mary Frances. I do plan to return to the theater this week to see the movie. I completely agree that our food system is in crisis. I talk to my kids quite a lot about the state of health in our country and the role the processed food industry plays in that. As for my kids with regard to the movie, my youngest, who is 10, was disturbed from the opening scenes onward.She’s a sensitive soul to begin with, but the “scared straight” vibe and startling imagery and stats about how we are headed down a path of disease and death were frightening for her. Every child is different and handles media differently. I think the messages of the film are important ones, but for my kids at least, this wasn’t the right method of delivery. I’ll be curious to hear what other parents think.

05.30.2014 at1:04 PM #

Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño

I want to live at your house! In particular I’d like to have that cacio e pepe followed up by the blueberry bars. 🙂

05.30.2014 at1:04 PM #

Katie Morford

Only if I can have one of those tostadas you posted today.

05.30.2014 at3:54 PM #


Did Luna like the cookies?

05.30.2014 at3:54 PM #

Katie Morford

She sure did!

06.04.2014 at9:39 AM #

erin {yummysupper}

Katie, you are some busy woman! Wow!
So you guys left Fed Up? It was very upsetting, but I’m glad I saw it. I’ve actually thought of taking my kids too, but watching those tear-eyed kids might just break my kiddos hearts. I know they made my heart ache deeply.
Can’t wait to see you next week!

06.04.2014 at9:39 AM #

Katie Morford

Hi Erin, I did go back and saw it myself. Maddening and heartbreaking. Would love for it to make an impact, somehow, somewhere. Are you listening congress? CEOs?

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