Trader Joes is awesome but because I have to drive 20 minutes to get there, I go every few weeks to stock up on my favorites (not wanting to drive 20 minutes makes me lazy, which I’m going to expound on for this post). With four ingredients found at Trader Joes (and most every grocery store) you are about 25 minutes away from the sort of dinner that your family will praise you for.
Besides teaching cooking I taught a class called Child Development (we ran a preschool lab). During my lesson demo every September I’d read “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and we’d do a few related lessons. The early math lesson was a cookie graph to poll the class’s favorite cookie. Not surprisingly, chocolate chip hailed supreme, but every single year the humble snickerdoodle gave it a run for it’s money. Honestly I never understood what all the fuss was about – that is, until I made this recipe.
The pumpkin explosion is officially upon us – just ask Pinterest. You can put pumpkin in really anything, it turns out. Most of the time, though, this perfectly healthy and low calorie food is bastardized by adding silly amounts of sugar, butter, and cream. Put down the pumpkin scone, kids, and get down with the squash.
This past Sunday evening I cooked dinner for several college football players – boys my husband coached when they were in high school. These guys were “strapping” to say the least. I was excited to make a ridiculously unhealthy but delicious dinner and watch every bite disappear (I hid in the kitchen most of the time, and the only thing leftover is a single slice of pie which I plan on taking care of before bed or maybe first thing tomorrow morning).
Alternate title – “The Easiest Pasta Dish I’ve Ever Made”. Honestly – I thought I was reading the recipe wrong and it wasn’t until I ate a big bowl of this that I felt certain it would all turn out in the wash.
Whenever I entertain healthy eaters I like to keep things on the lighter side. You don’t want guilty-feeling diners – you want happy diners. You may be wondering why I’m starting a post of cheesy garlic bread with my healthy eating sentiments.
Soup on Sundays is a family tradition – even when it was just “pastina”. Because we don’t technically have a dining room table (I’ll elaborate), soup is a favorite to serve for company because it’s a “whole dinner in one dish” kind of meal that is easy to eat on the floor or the couch.
My mother-in-law was cleaning out her basement and found a Pillsbury Bake-off magazine from 1964! She passed it to me and it turns out there’s nothing new under the sun. With several dog-eared recipes awaiting me this cookie sounded incredible and I was happy to give it a try.
I don’t want my husband to go to Wawa every day for lunch, but I also can’t be bothered to put together a lunch for him every night (maybe you’re shaking your head at this because you have a husband who is cognizant of his own well-being – mine is not and I love him and want him to stay alive and healthy). With a little work on Sunday afternoon I put together a giant bag of food that lasts him all week; a vegetarian pilaf is a main staple in his bag’o’food.
When I learn new things, as a meal provider/person-who-feeds-the-other-people-in-the-house, I like to pass on my knowledge. Usually I tell my friends and they’re like, um, hello? So maybe I’m coming in late on these potatoes but I’ll tell you anyways! The “hash brown” potatoes sold in the freezer section at the grocery story are just pre-shredded potatoes! There’s no oil or anything else nasty added! Talk about convenience.
…With Salted Caramelized Walnuts. That’s the full title, it was just too long to write above. I started this blog with recipes that could be completed in a 40 (or 80, on block days) minute class period. This recipe took me about 80 recorded minutes for the Live Well Food Rush show… this was 80 uninterrupted minutes of JUST cooking. This never happens in real life, as you all know, so I will break this puppy down for you into easy, make-ahead increments.
A strange week to be posting my first fall stew, what with each day’s temperature topping out at over eighty degrees. Don’t care, too excited. So good.
We left early early Sunday morning and by Sunday afternoon we were watching the boats whip around the harbor, cheering on the US boat in the America’s Cup Championship. It was a crazy beautiful afternoon in one of the most gorgeous cities – and I was in tears.