Whether we can recite the stats on the long list of benefits of eating dinner together as a family, or not, I’m sure we all instinctively know that gathering around the table for this daily meal is an important thing. Something to strive for, as often as possible. It just makes sense that this is […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Making Family Dinner Happen with Kitchen Shortcuts
To me, winter means all things comfort. Comfortable clothes like sweaters, cozy pajamas and cute hoodies, comfort rituals that I tend to forget during warmer months like reading by the fire or enjoying a cup of tea curled up on the couch, and lots of comfort food like soup, stew and chili. Funny thing about […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on My Kids Have Fallen in Love with Soup
Growing up in a pretty traditional Italian family, Sunday nights were spent with my entire family around the dinner table. Everyone – my grandparents, brothers, cousins, aunt and uncle, and parents – all gathered at one of our homes for our Sunday feast. Every dinner included pasta. It was a staple in our family and […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
When I first heard of “Unprocessed October”, I was very intrigued. Ten years prior this would have seemed like an overwhelming concept – practically unimaginable. But now that our lives and approach to food have changed so much, it means something different. Something obtainable. Possible. Desirable. Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules decided to challenge Americans […]Continue Reading... 17 Comments.
Life is busy, especially lately since we’re still (yes!) getting used to the idea of being back in school – on this fifth week of school! So I look for ways to make it easier everywhere I can. Like school lunches. Since my son started kindergarten and had to bring his own lunch for school, we’ve […]Continue Reading... 20 Comments.
Every September our schedules get turned upside down. As much as I fantasize about keeping some sort of routine over the kid’s summer break, it just doesn’t happen and this summer may have been the worst. I know it’d make the return to school easier, but that seems so distant in June when the days are […]Continue Reading... 10 Comments.
One of our favorite cuisines is Mexican and we surely eat well beyond our fair share of chips and salsa, enchiladas and tacos. If you ask my daughter what she wants for dinner, 9 out of 10 times it will be an enchilada. Even if she ate one the night before. The last visit to […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
We all have that handful of quick, simple meals that we turn to when the week gets crazy. Usually for me it’s that I’ve got a heavy load of meetings at work, school obligations, or the coach throws in an extra soccer practice. These little things turn my well-intentioned meal plan out the door. For […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
About five years ago we went crazy for our anniversary and got the second best gift (top of the list of course is a vacuum, right?): new pots and pans! Yeah, that’s how we roll. Actually, I was pretty excited about them. We had recently learned that the teflon coating that made non-stick pans not […]Continue Reading... 52 Comments.