My Week in Food

Blood Orange Kiddie Cocktails

It was a birthday Week in Food at our house, which we kicked off with kiddie blood orange cocktails. A paper umbrella is all it takes to feel like a party.

Mini Mushroom Turnovers

Tiny mushroom turnovers with buttered radishes accompanied the cocktails. Before you go thinking I made all those itty bitty pastries, think again. This is where Trader Joe’s comes in handy.

Chocolate Fountain

I hauled the chocolate fountain out from the nether reaches of the garage in place of birthday cake. Yes, Mr Mom’s Kitchen did give me a chocolate fountain for Christmas one year. #romantic

Cherry Tomatoes Ready to Roast

Picked up a giant haul of cherry tomatoes at the farmers’ market, which weren’t quite peak-of-the-season sweet yet, so I roasted them in a 300 degree oven for about an hour until they were caramelized goodness.

Roasted Tomato Tartines

Which made them an excellent topping for roasted tomato tartines with Mozzarella and arugula.

Polenta with Summer Veggie Skewers

More cherry tomatoes here, threaded onto veggie skewers over creamy polenta and a smear of that pesto I told you about last week. Can’t get enough.

Cold Cereal gets a healthy boost

We’ve never been a big cold cereal household, but when my kids go for the quick fix, I chase behind them with nuts and fruit to boost that bowl.


Loving these compartmentalized containers from Lunchbots for packing snacks or to go, along with a sandwich or wrap for lunch, especially this time of year when the produce is so colorful.

Kiddie Cobb Salad

Did up the Kiddie Cobb this week from Best Lunch Box Ever.

Coconut Date Banana Bread with Chocolate Drizzle

Experimenting with banana bread here. The kids were skeptical when I started pulling out the dates, coconut, and whole grain flour, but not a crumb was left when I came down for breakfast the next day. Still tinkering, but expect a recipe before too long.

Nutrition Talk at the SF Giants

The fine folks at the San Francisco Giants had me come speak to their staff about nutrition and healthy lunches. I figured “staff” meant some of those hunky players would be listening in. Apparently warming up for the game took precedence. #whereareyourpriorities?

DIY Sushi Bar

Delighted to have Virginia take the reins on dinner one night, doing up a DIY veggie sushi bar. Easy!

Aperol Spritz

Broke out the goods for my favorite warm weather cocktail, the Aperol Spritz. Here’s how: put a handful of ice cubes into a wine glass, fill about 2/3 of the way with prosecco (or other favorite bubbly), add a generous splash of Aperol and a juicy wedge of orange. Summer in a glass.


I needed that cocktail after seeing Fed Up, a documentary on the food industry and obesity crisis that had me in tears, it was so maddening and heartbreaking. One word: GO! Margo Wootan of Center for Science in the Public Interest really hit the nail on the head when she says, “Healthy eating is like swimming up stream. If you want to eat better you have to work hard against the food environment.” 


I left the film feeling motivated to TO DO SOMETHING, anything, to effect change. So I did something small that took all of 30 seconds and signed a petition (initiated by Margo Wootan, no less) asking Congress not to weaken the school lunch program.

Last but not least, if you are looking for a short cut on stemming kale, check out this step-by-step tutorial by Real Mom Nutrition. Lifesaver.

How was your Week in Food?





06.08.2014 at12:45 PM #


Happy Birthday Katie!…I believe it is yours this week?

Thank you for inspiring many of us to live a better life through the food we create and eat. I hope this next year brings you much continued inspiration, joy and success that we can all vicariously benefit from:)

Cheers…btw…I am not a big drinker of alcohol …but one drink I do love is a really well created Greyhound with FRESH grapefruit…if you ever do an adult cocktail post…please include how to make one of those;)

06.08.2014 at12:45 PM #

Katie Morford

I appreciate your words. And yes, today is my birthday! Thank you.

I will keep that fresh grapefruit cocktail in mind 🙂


06.09.2014 at11:05 AM #

Mary Frances

Happy (slightly belated) Birthday!

And I’m glad that you were able to get back and see Fed Up in its (maddening and heartbreaking) entirety. It made (and still makes) me incredibly angry to know that the “food industry” – a horrible oxymoron if ever I heard one – has been willing to actively compromise public health for the sake of making as many $$ as possible by getting people hooked on sugar (and salt & fat).

Thanks for letting your readers know about this. And the petition by Margo Wootan … everybody needs to start speaking up on this issue. And the first step is as simple as watching the film Fed Up.

Here’s the link to the trailer:

(Even the trailer will be enough to galvanize many people to act …)

06.09.2014 at11:05 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks for adding the link. Yes, we all need to speak up, and to vote with our forks in the choices we make around food purchases.

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