My Week in Food
We headed to sunnier shores where this greeted us at the hotel. Fruit and veggie crudite paired with chili and lime. The kids took it down in no time.
Probably my favorite meal of our getaway: Spicy shrimp tacos. Look for something along these lines soon, since I’ve got some copycatting to do.
Tacos and crudite didn’t quite cut it for Thanksgiving, so when we got home we put together a “better late than never” Thanksgiving dinner. Funny, with everyone pitching in and just our little family at the table, it wasn’t that much work.
A highlight was hearing Virginia call my mom, take notes on how to make her beloved cranberry sauce, and then pull it off like a pro. Traditions!
In addition to our mini Thanksgiving, this was one of the first things I cooked when we got home from vacation: Roasted Radiccio with Pancetta and Walnuts from “all-things-Italian” cookbook author Domenica Marchetti. I wasn’t remotely bitter about the girls deeming it “too bitter” since it meant every last scrap went to me and Mr. Mom’s Kitchen.
Food news this week: In addition to word that Costco is saying no to GMO salmon, IHOP and Applebees are taking soda off their kid’s menus. I’d love to see others follow suit!
Trying to balance all the holiday goodies with lots of wholesome suppers starting with a miso ginger mushroom soup to which I added spiralized sweet potatoes. I just let the broth come to a boil, added the sweet potatoes, and let it cook just past crunchy. Yum.
This being the season of giving, we decided to do one small thing this month for the homeless folks in SF (which, sadly, seem to be in greater abudance than ever before): Lunch sacks to pass out whenever we encounter someone looking for a bite to eat. P.S. I’d love to hear what giving back looks like for your family, so feel free to share.
The school craft fair is Saturday, so Virginia and a buddy turned our kitchen into a nuthouse, literally, making a giant batch of Cocoa Dusted Almonds along with Candied Pecans (swapping in a Moroccan spice mix instead of cinnamon). How cute are those paper snacking cones?
I have a thing for grocery stores and am excited (to an embarrassing degree, according to my children) about the expansion of the Haight Street Market (now called Gus’s Community Market) just a block from ODC, where I take dance classes. AND (drum roll) there’s parking.
Speaking of groceries, with the craziness of the holidays, I’ve been leaning on Instacart, an online shopping site that is basically personal shopping for food. First time delivery is free and after doing it a few times, I find I can bang out my shopping in less than 10 minutes.
Which means I have more time for making (and drinking) my favorite holiday cocktail.
How was your Week in Food?