Home Ec 101: Planning a Big Dinner

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Many of today’s women don’t know the ins and outs of home making. Most schools no longer teach home economics. And if your own mother worked outside the home, chances are you may not have grown up with much teaching in the way of housekeeping and meal preparation. These are not obsolute skills, no matter […]

What’s Cookin’ This Week


This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Thanksgiving is such a fun day of eating and snacking. And I love the leftovers. This year my brothers are hosting the Big Day, though FishPapa and I will each be cooking a turkey to contribute — one in the oven and one in his […]

Grocery Geek Presents: 8 Great Ways with a Party Tray


This week I took a mental break from wheeling and dealing. For the most part, I stayed out of the stores. I didn’t even go buy a Sunday paper. I printed online coupons when I saw them, but no clipping for me. Last week I felt I was getting a little too obsessed, so it […]

What’s Cookin’

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I’ve been a little overzealous in my grocery shopping lately. I didn’t mention that I went grossly over budget last month, did I? Yeah, well, pride goes before the fall. It was all good deals, really. And a few splurges on Brie cheese and baguette that greatly helped my disposition. And we were starting from […]

What’s Cookin’ This Week


Our family has really enjoyed the fact that I’m back into the swing of cooking. I’m not back into the swing of much else, but we’re eating well. And that helps everyone’s disposition. Last week’s highlight was probably the Pasta Sauce with Italian Sausage that I made up on the fly. (OK, one kid doesn’t […]

Meal Prep Shortcuts

Vegetable beef minestrone

As a self-proclaimed food snob, I love food! And, I really do love to cook. It’s something that helps me relax (the cooking, but especially the eating.) Unfortunately, I don’t have two hours to make dinner every night like I did six children ago. While cooking has been a very welcome activity for me this […]

What’s Cookin’ This Week

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Recently I’ve been battling a fair degree of anxiety. Hormones, tight finances, a cross-country move, and managing a large family have all dealt a few blows to my nerves. One thing that helped this last week was cooking – for the fun of it. In recent months, I’ve looked at meal preparation as a means […]

Minestrone Soup with Sausage (Recipe Swap: Harvest Time)


I love fall! And even though California doesn’t truly have the seasons in the same way as the rest of the country, we’re really good at faking it. I’ve noticed many trees nearby that are a vivid red. I know they can’t be the same kind of tree as they have in New England. That’s […]