A lose-lose proposition, resolved

Posted by on October 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I’ve been away for a while. You see, my husband and I decided to take a class in anti-inflammatory nutrition back in June. Little did we know it would be a LIFE-CHANGING experience. Beyond the fact that I dropped 11 pounds and my husband lost 20, we’ve been looking at our dinner plate in a […]

Redemption through mac ‘n cheese

Posted by on May 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I’ve skipped posting our eats here for two weeks. The kitchen scene honestly has been challenging, due to busy schedules, and I’ve been well … bored culinarily (what a concept!). It’s not that I ducked out the kitchen entirely. I tried to motivate myself. Explorations included: Ginger lime cod in a bowl — a twist on […]

A pool of puree for another day

Posted by on March 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm

“It’s good but don’t ever make it again.” Son #1’s assessment of tonight’s vegetable side dish was lukewarm at best. This is what happens when you force a meal theme. I usually love Thermal Thursday because it’s yet another excuse to use my pressure cooker to blast together a meal in minutes. Running a close […]

A kid-pleasing meal plan derailment

Posted by on March 17, 2011 at 8:23 am
Enchiladas w/bulgur salad

Just as I was feeling so proud of a grief-free Meatless Monday, we fell off the meal plan on Tuesday. A poor night’s sleep the night before drove me to Costco in search of  new pillows. There we stood at 6 p.m., cart loaded with memory foam and synthetic down options plus red microfiber for […]

Shrimp, chicken cacciatore = tasty bookends

Posted by on March 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm
Shrimp skewers, Caesar-style

Shrimp skewers with caesar-style romaine salad and citrusy chickpeas It’s amazing how fast good intentions for the family dinner can go sideways. All it takes is after-school sports practice in a school district two cities away, in rush hour traffic, and you have the perfect detour for the best-laid meal plan. We started off last […]

Craving a cleaver

Posted by on February 11, 2011 at 6:37 am
Chicken w/yogurt; braised kale

The recipe said  “cut straight through the bone.”  What a bold move for a tame Thursday night. I found myself fantasizing about a return trip to Tokyo where I could purchase one of those dramatic cleavers demonstrated so openly at the fish market.  At the time of my trip so many years ago I couldn’t […]

Easy posole for hump day

Posted by on February 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm

In my college days Wednesday was routinely observed as Hump Day — as if life was so challenging that we had to celebrate the week’s mid-point. Most weeks Hump Day was a reason to leave campus for an all-u-can-eat spaghetti feed at a local tavern.  Just the change of scenery made the trip to town […]

Meat – the male sedative

Posted by on January 10, 2011 at 7:00 am

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 […]