Passover/Spring Recipe Roundup

Passover/Spring Recipe Roundup

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in family favorites, holidays |

Spring – the word that would not be named herein the Northeast. But now we can say it and – with the new sunshine – eat spring foods, too. The kids are finally in the yard (granted, the yard is a mix of brown leaves and old green, decorated with dog-chewed soccer balls) and the […]

Best Vegan Coconut Bread or Muffins & Custom Recipes

Best Vegan Coconut Bread or Muffins & Custom Recipes

One friend wanted a coconut bread recipe. Another wanted a dairy-free coconut “dessert thing.” Oldest son, now 14 and able to devour entire continents of food daily, especially post-soccer, pleaded for “a giant coconut thing filled with coconut topped with more coconut.” And my old friend, Cris, came to visit from her goat farm Central […]

Carrot-Broccoli Cheddar Soup & Little House on the Prairie

Carrot-Broccoli Cheddar Soup & Little House on the Prairie

I’m in bed, flanked on either side by my daughter, 9, and youngest son, 6.  “Here she comes, falling down the hill!” Will says, putting his finger on my computer screen where fictional Laura Ingalls runs with her sisters.  We’ve been making our way through the entire Little House on the Prairie series (having read […]

Latkes (Crispy Potato Pancakes) & Wish Lists

Latkes (Crispy Potato Pancakes) & Wish Lists

My kids make wishlists for birthdays and for Chanukah. They write them unaided, and it is always interesting to see what they come up with.  Sure, we have some typical stuff, Itunes gift card request or Lego Giant Something that requires a mortgage to purchase, but we also have some strange themes this year. When […]

Ginger Dried Fruit Scones (Thanksgiving Breakfast)

Ginger Dried Fruit Scones (Thanksgiving Breakfast)

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 in Uncategorized |

We like to host Thanksgiving.  It’s a cacophony of four generations of family around the table, everyone talking, eating, complaining, singing together. Plus, if you host, you benefit from the leftovers (sandwiches, turkey-sweet potato pie, deep dish pot pie).  While I cook, the kids and their dad take the giant beast dog on a walk. […]

Chard with Brown Sugar Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Cherries & Fun Foreign Words

Chard with Brown Sugar Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Cherries & Fun Foreign Words

Germans have a word for the feeling of being along in the woods.  Waldeinsamkeit.  Italians have a word for the ring left on a table by a cold glass. Culaccino.  I might have to make a word for being alone with a plate of well-seasoned chard that’s dotted with crispy, sweet seeds and a tang […]

Sweet or Savory English Porridge – for breakfast, lunch, or dinner…

Sweet or Savory English Porridge – for breakfast, lunch, or dinner…

How I long to sit and have porridge with my best childhood friend, Jules. We tend to talk for so long that entire days slide by when we’re together. At her charming house outside of London, our kids played in the garden, our spouses talked sports and fish n’ chips, and inside, we laughed about […]

Whole Wheat Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Glaze

Whole Wheat Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Glaze

Given his druthers, one of my kids would have all manner of bread and cheese – grilled cheese, quesadillas, pizza – at all meals. And snacks. So it’s odd (to me) that his favorite muffin is lemon poppy seed.  Crunchy, tangy, sweet and sour.  I made this cake for him because who doesn’t want cake […]

Galley Cookies (thin, chewy, crispy cookies with chocolate, pretzels, and candy) aka Leftover Candy Cookies

Galley Cookies (thin, chewy, crispy cookies with chocolate, pretzels, and candy) aka Leftover Candy Cookies

Do you have miniature ghosts or Taylor Swifts or zombies coming to your door tomorrow? Do you end up with four leftover bags of candy or go through your child’s bag for their rejects (pretzels? Who gave me pretzels?).  If so, these cookies will help. Eve if it’s not Halloween and you have bits of […]

Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula, Peas, and Heirloom Tomatoes

Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula, Peas, and Heirloom Tomatoes

About this time of year the reality of shorter days catches up with me. Winter looms here on the east coast, and crisp days of fall are slipping to the days where the sky looks like old, dried paste.  Which is also what I’m using to make this year’s costume for my youngest, who is […]

Tatsoi & Sunflower Pesto

Tatsoi & Sunflower Pesto

One of the farms near me grows delicious tatsoi (you can read more about it here). It’s great in any spinach dish and also makes a particularly tasty pesto. If you can’t find it near you, just use baby spinach or baby kale.  This time of year I tend to get kind of hoardy at […]

Red Onion, Tomato, Double Cheese Galette with Corn & Garbanzo Crust

Red Onion, Tomato, Double Cheese Galette with Corn & Garbanzo Crust

This started as many recipes do, with good intentions…until I reached for the wrong flour.  Is there an incorrect one? I guess. If you’re making traditional chocolate chip cookies, for example, and you use chickpea flour, maybe the results aren’t what you wanted.  But for this gallette, the garbanzo bean flour wound up in my […]

Chocolate Crunch Bars (aka Homemade Gourmet Kit-Kats)

Chocolate Crunch Bars (aka Homemade Gourmet Kit-Kats)

Sometimes I see a recipe and immediately know it’s something I have to try. Only, most of the time when I get around to making it, I wind up deciding to change a few things here and there or swap out one item for another based on what I have on hand or what’s in […]

Boozy Preserved Fruit (Apricots in Vodka, Cointreau Peaches, Cherries in Cinnamon Rum)

Boozy Preserved Fruit (Apricots in Vodka, Cointreau Peaches, Cherries in Cinnamon Rum)

One part of cooking that I find very satisfying is figuring out what to do to avoid food waste. Soups, sauces, bread puddings, tarts – all great ways to use up odds and ends. This time of year we still have great fruit available, but with school lunches packed and snacks at the soccer field […]

English All-Seasons Trifle & UK Adventures

English All-Seasons Trifle & UK Adventures

English All-Seasons Trifle & UK Adventures “Did it hurt getting your ears pierced?” asks Julia, 9. “Yes.” “A lot?” “A bit,” I tell her and wait for the follow up. When can she get her ears pierced (12), would I get anything else pierced (no), why do people get anything pierced (cultural fashion, trends, expression). […]

Italian Rainbow Chopped Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Dressing

Italian Rainbow Chopped Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Dressing

Salad is so gay, a new friend said to eight-year-old Jamie. Jamie went on to explain – in front of a group of 5 boys gathered at our house for the first time – that salad can’t be gay.  Neither can rhubarb, fyi. He talked about people being gay and how everyone has feelings and […]