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Healthy eating requires balance (and resilience)

Published on November 22, 2011 By Therese

“Mom, don’t put this in your blog.”  Son #1 was earnest and I was amazed.  I had just labored, much longer than usual for a weeknight meal, over an extraordinary (IMHO) broccoli-basil mac ‘n cheese casserole.  Cheddar and swiss cheeses blended with a bit of sour cream and cherry tomatoes.  Mixed into hot whole wheat […]

Rebounding with last-minute penne

Published on December 10, 2010 By Trixie

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 […]

Custard-filled cornbread – dinner or dessert?

Published on May 30, 2010 By Trixie

When I first read the recipe for custard-filled cornbread in Molly Wizenberg’s book, A Homemade Life, I wondered why it lacked a warning label.  Two cups of whole milk, one cup of heavy cream, corn meal, flour, sugar. The fat warning zoomed straight to red on this one. But oh, is it worth it. Molly […]

Burgers in a pinch

Published on May 21, 2010 By Trixie

– Posted using MobyPicture.com I’m a Costco skeptic. When people rave about the bargains, all I can think about is the horror of finding a parking space.  And then there’s the phenomena of entering with four items on the shopping list and leaving with an overflowing basket and a few more digits than desired on […]

Smoked out but worth it

Published on May 18, 2010 By Trixie

Recipe for setting off the smoke detector:  Bathe chicken breasts  in olive oil, roast in 500-degree oven. Doh! You too can try this at home.  “New” Chicken Parmesan dipped in Parmesan instead of breadcrumbs, roasted for just 10 minutes and then topped with fresh mozzarella  (just after swinging a towel around the detector and opening […]

Friday night flame-out

Published on May 10, 2010 By Trixie

A pattern has been brewing for a while in the schema of meal-planning: Despite the best intentions I lack interest in cooking on most Friday nights. We rarely go out on Fridays, preferring to end a busy workweek with a relaxing evening at home.  But that tempo is reflected in the kitchen as well. The […]

The art of the compliment

Published on May 6, 2010 By Trixie

It’s music to a mom’s ears when the teen son peeks into the pot and exclaims, “I love that stuff! The bacon, the peas!” Tonight’s compliment was a long time coming since I’ve veered away from any effort to make kid-friendly meals of late. Son #1 was speaking of Spaghetti Carbonara. It was a last […]

Mac 'n mess, thanks to Madonna

Published on April 21, 2010 By Trixie

A scapegoat comes in handy when dinner flops. Tonight I had a couple – Madonna and a conniving character named Sue Sylvester. I had decided to catch up on “Glee” while making dinner. The whole episode was devoted to Madonna songs – much to this material girl’s delight – and the highlight was a highly-styled […]

Shortcuts aren't so bad after all

Published on April 9, 2010 By Trixie

As a child I noticed my mother and grandmother relied on Campbell’s condensed soups as the foundation for many a meal. Boxed mixes were the next best thing. Instant potatoes, Hamburger Helper, and more — these were exciting options for homemakers looking to cut their time at the stove. When starting this blog I decided […]

When he cooks …

Published on February 28, 2010 By Trixie

… 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 […]