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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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Winging it without the cooktop

December 20, 2010

When the gas cooktop goes on the fritz, a bit of ingenuity is in order.  A little more than a week ago the ignition switches on all six burners suddenly started clicking furiously in the middle of the night. The racket was stopped only by shutting off the power. The repair man returns tomorrow to […]

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Rebounding with last-minute penne

December 10, 2010

So what happens when you walk into the kitchen with a half-baked plan? You end up baking something else altogether.  I was all set to whip together a quick green curry with chicken and eggplant, but I neglected to check the pantry beforehand. No coconut milk. Green curry was off the menu. But what to […]

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Insta-meals will do for holiday chaos

December 9, 2010

There’s something about that crunch period between Thanksgiving and Christmas where every best-laid plan goes haywire. Including meal plans, of course. I’ve been out for weeknight holiday events; the boys have been immersed in final preparations for robotics competition. That leaves my husband wondering what’s for dinner in a bigger way. Last week’s plan was […]

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Two keepers for the Thanksgiving season

November 30, 2010

By now you know I took a holiday in the kitchen last week. But I did stumble upon two amazing recipes that will forever be stashed in my Thanksgiving file, along with all my various November issues of Bon Appetit, Food&Wine and Gourmet dating back to 1994. The first: Mediterranean salad with pomegranate and prosciutto.  […]

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A headstart for Thanksgiving Dinner

November 24, 2010

I just stumbled upon Mark Bittman’s list of 101 recipes to give your Thanksgiving feast a head start the day before. I have my eye on the Thai winter squash soup. Looks easy enough to whip together this evening.  Then I’m hanging up my apron for a few days. On Thursday you’ll find me heating […]

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Sneaky cooking works like a charm

November 22, 2010

I’ve seen those cookbooks that advise moms to trick their kids into eating their vegetables. All sorts of subterfuge is suggested to camouflage the undesirables as cutesy shapes or mask them under heavy sauces.  I never went for that plan. If the kids don’t recognize the veggies on their plate when they’re young, why on […]

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Making food fast at home

November 14, 2010

Sometimes there’s just no time left to spend in the kitchen. Evening events filled up our calendar last week so dinner had to be simple and/or fast. For Meatless Monday, we relied on a stirfry (and ignored the boys’ standby complaints about tofu). Tuesday was easy thanks to leftovers from the Spicy Pork and Apricot […]

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They ate it, they liked it!

November 6, 2010

Chickpeas. Wheatberries. Brown rice pasta. Not exactly kid food. But over the last couple of weeks I’ve sneaked these items into our meal plan and eureka, no complaints! Sometimes I wonder it’s just a matter of planetary alignment that I get fewer grumbles than usual from my sons. Maybe their growing bodies/appetites are finally forcing […]

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Week's-end Reflection: "Trade ya!"

October 24, 2010

My mixed-up week ended with me sitting in a casino in Reno, watching a 10 y.o. boy dig into lobster tail while I furtively munched on a hot dog. Whaat? I was in Reno for a conference which happened to be held in a hotel that is the nexus of three casinos. I had a […]

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