Archive for February, 2010

When he cooks …

February 28, 2010

… I smile. Weekends are perfect for a shift in the kitchen. I was particularly happy to see my husband take over this weekend after a rough week at work and an annoying head cold. “Dinner’s ready” was music to my ears Saturday night.  I was cranking away on a presentation while he rustled up […]

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Reality bites

February 26, 2010

While this week’s meal plan started off strong, our nutritional profile started heading south by mid-week. It hit a new low tonight when I fed son #2 a hot pocket and bowl of ice cream before he left early for his school play performance. The timing wasn’t great.  I had just raved about Jamie Oliver’s […]

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Jamie Oliver: Why food education matters

February 24, 2010

Jamie Oliver of Naked Chef fame delivered a powerful talk this month at TED about his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W.Va. His point: Set a new standard for “fresh, proper food” at school, at home. Major brands must invest in food education.  “It’s profoundly important that every single American child should leave school knowing how […]

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Thai Tilapia on Tuesday

February 23, 2010

Tilapia received a mere shrug the last time it was on the menu. Time to spice things up a bit. A quick search revealed not one but seven “top-rated” tilapia recipes at Cooking Light magazine. The recipe for Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut-Curry Sauce caught my eye. A little jar of green curry paste is […]

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Photo-worthy pork chops and a hippie salad

February 22, 2010

Dinner was delayed tonight by a last-minute shopping trip where I quickly lost all sense of time. A place where discretion is prized, where people spend cash to indulge their passion in confidence. The camera store! I managed to escape with only the bare essentials to get my new Nikon up and running, just in […]

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Sunday spaghetti with "real" meatballs

February 21, 2010

We had a particularly quiet weekend since our sons were away on a Scout winter camp-out.  They slept in tents in the snow, pushed a human “dog sled” around a farm and did all the other things that boys do when they’re free to roam and there’s lots of white stuff on the ground. It […]

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Pizza and wine to the rescue

February 18, 2010

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a decent frozen pizza and a glass or two of red wine. Especially when your mate has been out of town all week. Today I was a chaperone for my son’s play rehearsal. Being in the presence of 60 budding thespians, belting out show tunes, for three hours was a […]

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Salads sneak into the menu (happily)

February 17, 2010

One of the ironies of having a meal plan is the freedom it offers to be flexible.  Knowing in advance what you’re going to assemble for dinner on busy weeknights prevents headaches and hassles.  It also seems the mere existence of a meal plan can inspire other ideas, depending on what’s stocked in the kitchen. […]

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Another kid fave on Tuesday

February 16, 2010

On night three of the “while dad’s away” meal plan, dinner was based on another kid favorite – ham steak. Glazed with honey mustard and broiled for a few minutes, ham steak is always a hit. The boys also liked the sides: pineapple chunks and some scary orange Jo-Jo potatoes leftover from a deli stop. […]

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Shrimp quesadillas, a kid favorite

February 15, 2010

On night two of the “while dad’s away” meal plan, I got a thumbs-up from Erik. “I love these things,” he explained as he asked for his third helping of shrimp quesadillas. I do too. They’re easy, tasty and one of the best ways to use those tiny pink shrimp we often see in the […]

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