Archive for January, 2011

Bacon or not, meal plan scores

January 30, 2011

I knew last week’s meal plan would be a guy-pleaser — pot pie (two ways); “jig-inducing” falafel burgers; gourmet mac n cheese from Met market. I didn’t expect the ultimate expression of delight over Friday night’s steak dinner: “Does the steak have bacon in it? ” Son #2 was earnest. “It’s so good!” We had […]

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Comfort food for exam week

January 24, 2011

Despite my admonition to “eat what you are served,” I well know that exam week is not the time to test the boundaries of teenage taste buds. Additional stress at the dinner table is the last thing Son#1 needs as he preps for his first experience of exams in high school. So … the game […]

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Week’s-end Reflection: A Mealtime Manifesto

January 23, 2011

We have a fairly simple rule around our house: You eat what you are served. It’s not that my kids will eat anything. Wouldn’t we all love to say that? I can anticipate their reaction when I’ve had a heavy hand with the chipotle or I try to slip goat cheese into the eggs. One […]

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A shortcut to flavor

January 21, 2011

No outcries for Thursday’s dinner — a quickie of lentils & sweet potatoes in the pressure cooker with catfish broiled in the oven. Son #1 gave it a thumbs up; Son #2 just shrugged. He’s not much on fish of any sort. I was happy because I took a couple of shortcuts with Emeril Lagasse’s […]

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Quarrels over quinoa

January 19, 2011

“I can’t eat that.” Son #1 stared at his plate, outright defiant. “But it’s an ancient grain grown 12,000 feet above sea level!” I explained, relishing every bite of the quinoa with grilled zucchini, red peppers, garbanzo beans and cumin. “No. You keep making all these meals from other places. South Korea, Antarctica, the Andes.”  […]

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One year, 42 meal plans later …

January 17, 2011

It’s amazing how much dining, and occasional whining, can go on in the course of a year in the family kitchen. This blog is celebrating its first anniversary with 42 meal plans, Yay! Barring travel and a few lazy weeks in the summer, I kept up with the goal to maintain meal plans for a […]

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JIT cooking serves up mixed results

January 16, 2011

Searching for a recipe on my iPhone is a culinary gamble. I’m always delighted to find an appealing recipe while standing in the grocery aisle. Those apps for Epicurious, Whole Foods and Big Oven can be just the ticket when time is short. (As in last week when I scored with a quick artichoke and […]

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Tacos for Tasty Tuesday

January 11, 2011

Chorizo-potato tacos with black bean salsa Tuesday started out a bit rough. “I don’t like hard tacos,” Son #1 observed. He’s vocal in the kitchen these days, but actually I agreed on this point. I don’t like tacos at all but the idea of mixing spicy chorizo sausage with potato as a filling was worth […]

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Kudos in a flash

January 11, 2011

“Thanks, Mom. That was good.” A rare but welcome comment on Meatless Monday. So what went right? It was worth introspection, given the recent hue and cry over vegetarian meals: 1- Fresh local ingredients. Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon fillets. Fresh baby bok choy. 2- Limited time. With only  20 minutes to slam together a meal […]

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Meat – the male sedative

January 10, 2011

Son #1 eyed the stove top suspiciously, “What’s for dinner?” “Chicken!” I chirped, poking the fresh spinach I had just tossed into the pan atop the sauteed mushrooms, “and …” “… something I’m not gonna eat,”  he replied. When did my adventurous eater become such a devoted carnivore? The very son who penned an essay […]

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