Ultimate Recipe Swap: Lunchbox Love


Even though my kids spend the bulk of their days at home, I still pack a lunchbox every day — my husband’s. When we first married, we didn’t bat an eye at eating out almost every day. It was something we looked forward to. Once we bought our first house, however, that habit had to […]

Home Management & Meal Times


I’m slowly learning that the bulk of my time is often spent in the kitchen. And not always with pleasure. I love to cook. But, cooking for nine can take its toll. As a result, there has been at least one night a week in the past few weeks when we’ve resorted to take-out because […]

Greens with Fruit, Nuts & Cheese (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Your Favorite Recipe Ever)


It’s hard to limit myself to one favorite recipe. There are a myriad of them stored in my cookbook cupboard, in the archives here, and on my food blog. FishBoy12 likes to pose the question, “What would you most like to eat right now?” Ah, a man after my own heart! And dependent on what […]

This Week on URS


Thanks for participating in last week’s poll. For now, URS is safe. I’m glad to hear that so many of you can’t live without it enjoy it. Last week readers shared some great recipes for make-ahead meals. Of the many delicious choices, I am hoping to try Taco Cups from Leftovers on Purpose. And since […]

Meal Planning: Taking Some Shortcuts This Week


I was talking with someone last week and the question came up how many people I cooked for on a regular basis. When I said 9, the other said, “Wow. We had a company dinner last week and there were 10 of us total. That’s a full table!” To be honest, I hadn’t really thought […]

A Salad Bar (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Make Ahead)


There are times in life when you come across an idea and you say to yourself, “Why haven’t I been doing this all along?” They are usually simple ideas that make your life even simpler. And that alone makes them brilliant. Those who know me know how much I love salad, especially for lunch. I […]

This Week in the FishKitchen


Over the last couple weeks, the grocery store sales have enabled me not only to stock up on some great bargains, but also to experiment a little in the cooking department. Some dinners were homeruns, others, like my jambalaya which was delicious, did not go over well with the younger set. I’ve got a handful […]

Ingredients for a Fun Friday Night: A Little Mocktail Party


Tonight’s pizza night is taking a slight twist from the usual. My friend Jessika is visiting this weekend with her two kiddos while her husband is on a sailing trip. Oh what fun we’re having! This morning we visited the first of the California Missions, Mission de San Diego de Alcala. FishPapa’s coworkers sent home […]