Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait

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Essie is the one who put the "yummy" in my Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait recipe. With fresh berries at their peak, you've got to give this recipe a try.

Share this: I’ll admit it. The name Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait is a blatant attempt to follow my long-standing rule of giving foods appealing names. A recent scientific study at Stanford confirmed my practice: People are more likely to try strange foods with appealing names. But like other recipe names I’ve bestowed, it’s also based… Continue reading Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait




Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden

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Share this:Does your family have a Tasting Garden yet? If not, and you have a little chunk of ground (or even a large pot and a sunny spot), you need one. Our Tasting Garden is the girls’ favorite spot in the front yard, and Essie especially loves to sample its goodies and share them with… Continue reading Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden




Recipe: Dijon Deviled Eggs

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Share this:Those of you celebrating Easter in the weeks to come (or at least taking part in Easter egg hunts) may find yourselves inundated with hard-boiled eggs soon. Deviled eggs are a definite kid-pleaser, in my house at least. And this recipe makes the YUMMIEST deviled eggs I have ever eaten. Moreover, deviled eggs are a… Continue reading Recipe: Dijon Deviled Eggs




Fast & Easy French Toast

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Share this:French Toast is one of those things I’ve always known how to make. Don’t ask me how; I just have. It never occurred to me that anyone would need a recipe for French toast until a month ago. That’s when my husband, the more skilled chef in our household, got the uncharacteristic urge to make some.… Continue reading Fast & Easy French Toast




Recipe: Cheesy Toasts

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Share this:As I sit down to write this post, it’s a cold and dreary January in our corner of the northern hemisphere. We’re barely back from our latest visit with family, and I haven’t even had time to unpack, let alone get to the supermarket. So I’m snacking on cheesy toasts. Correction: WAS snacking on – I… Continue reading Recipe: Cheesy Toasts




Recipe: Take-Along Taco Salad

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Share this:Do your kids love tacos as much as mine do? Does your family need some new ideas for school lunches, now that we’re several months into the school year? If so, here’s the recipe for one of my kiddos’ new lunchbox faves: Take-Along Taco Salad. As soon as Essie saw this recipe in the… Continue reading Recipe: Take-Along Taco Salad




Back-To-School Cookies

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Share this:Last weekend my mom came for a visit. And since my energy is not up to par these days, she did some fun back-to-school things with the girls. Including making Back-To-School Cookies. What? You’ve never heard of Back-To-School Cookies? Well, I hadn’t either. Until my girls dreamed up this idea as a great excuse… Continue reading Back-To-School Cookies




Technique: Microwave-Steamed Vegetables

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Ready to try microwave-steaming vegetables? Broccoli, carrots, zucchini,or green beans are all great places to start.

Share this:Steaming vegetables in the microwave is about as easy as cooking gets. If you haven’t done this before – or if you wish your kids would eat more veggies – then microwave-steamed vegetables is a technique worth trying. What you need All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, a tablespoon or two of water,… Continue reading Technique: Microwave-Steamed Vegetables




Four-Thumbs-Up Roasted Eggplant

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Share this:OK – I can hear some of you groaning from here: “Roasted eggplant? You’ve got to be kidding me – my kid won’t eat that!” So don’t call it “roasted eggplant.” Call it roasted dinosaur eggs, or roasted purple plant, or whatever it takes to get you and yours to give this dish a… Continue reading Four-Thumbs-Up Roasted Eggplant




Comfort Food to Warm Your Winter

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Share this:It’s winter in the northern hemisphere, which is where most of you live, dear readers. Are you hibernating? Or are you out hunting for some comfort food? I recently stumbled across a collection of super-simple slow cooker recipes gathered for the New Year. As I scanned the pictures and titles, I could feel myself… Continue reading Comfort Food to Warm Your Winter




Recipe: Christmas Pizza

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Share this:Are your kids going nuts, now that Christmas is over and school vacation lasts another week? Are they not ready to let go of their favorite holiday? Either way, making Christmas pizza for lunch or dinner might help. If your kids are like mine, they could do Christmas 365 days a year. But when… Continue reading Recipe: Christmas Pizza




Need Comfort Food Fast? Try Kitchen-Sink Soup

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Share this:As in, “everything but the kitchen sink soup.” In other words, this is another super-flexible recipe that can help clear out your fridge and eat up your leftovers. I first started making soups like this when I was a student, short on funds and time and looking for comfort food. As a mom, I… Continue reading Need Comfort Food Fast? Try Kitchen-Sink Soup




Winter Squash Made Easy

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Share this:Most of the time, when I think of “hacks,” I think of the make-your-life-easier tips and tricks to which this website is devoted. But when I see all the winter squashes and fresh pumpkins that are now front-and-center in the produce displays at supermarkets and farmer’s markets, the last thing I want to think… Continue reading Winter Squash Made Easy




Ten Tips for Better Back-to-School Lunches

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Share this:Maybe this is your first fall making school lunches for your kiddo. Maybe you’re looking to revamp the routine. Maybe you’re realizing that the beloved PB&J’s of your childhood won’t work for your own child’s peanut allergy, or your school’s ban on peanuts. Whatever the cause, you find yourself in need of some back-to-school-lunch… Continue reading Ten Tips for Better Back-to-School Lunches




Family-Favorite Fried Rice

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Share this:Serves 4-6 as a main course; doubling recommended This recipe is a favorite not just of my family, but of every family I know who’s tasted it. And not only is it super-yummy, but it’s another great way to use up leftovers, from leftover cooked rice to random chunks of meat. Moreover, like many… Continue reading Family-Favorite Fried Rice




Recipe: Anytime Strata

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Share this:Spring’s pending arrival got you feeling domestic?  Have some time to devote to cooking prep this weekend? Here’s a tasty one-dish meal that was a huge hit with girls and dear husband alike. When I think of strata and its cousin, baked French toast, I usually think of breakfast and brunch foods. But when… Continue reading Recipe: Anytime Strata




CSA and You: Save Money, Eat Better, and Get Your Kids to Love Veggies

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Share this:The days are short, the outside temps are frigid, and what you’re going to eat this summer is probably the last thing on your mind. But ‘tis the season for CSA registration; if you haven’t already joined one for the upcoming growing season, now’s the time to act. The CSA bandwagon is one worth… Continue reading CSA and You: Save Money, Eat Better, and Get Your Kids to Love Veggies




A Taste of Autumn: Pumpkin Dip

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Share this:Prep time: Approx. 10 minutes / Yield: Approx. 3.5 cups The days are turning cooler here, the leaves are changing color, fresh apples are in season, and it seems everyone is advertising things pumpkin-spice-flavored.   If I had unlimited time, money, and capacity to metabolize calories, I could happily spend my days at Starbucks sipping… Continue reading A Taste of Autumn: Pumpkin Dip




Reinventing Leftovers For Dinner: My Family’s Favorite Hash

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Share this:Prep time: 10 min / Cooking time: 20 min / Total time: 30 min / Serves 4-6 Ever since I was a student working my way through school, I’ve challenged myself on a regular basis to invent dinner out of whatever we have on hand in the house. Not only does it save me… Continue reading Reinventing Leftovers For Dinner: My Family’s Favorite Hash




Why Frozen Grapes are THE Best Summer Snack

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Share this:My kids’ fave munchies for hot summer days? Hands-down, frozen grapes. I first came across this idea a couple of years before I actually tried it, and I only wish I’d tried it sooner. My hesitation is simple to explain: I assumed the grapes would freeze into little rocks that I’d then have to… Continue reading Why Frozen Grapes are THE Best Summer Snack