Escalloped Corn and Corn Souffle (Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving Vegetables)

My dad and I in our backyard corn patch. Thanksgiving is rife with tradition. Everyone has his own “must-have” dish. Obviously, most families serve turkey and mashed potatoes. But, when it comes to the fixin’s, that’s where we see family traditions and uniqueness emerge. And while it’s hard to see the vegetables for the carbs, […]

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 […]

Chicken Noodle Soup

2 T. olive oil or chicken fat1 onion, grated2 carrots, grated1 small zucchini, grated8 cups chicken broth (low-salt commercial brand or homemade)8-16 ounces egg noodles, amount depends on your family’s tastes1 t. marjoram1 t. dried parsley flakessalt and pepper to taste2-3 cooked chicken breasts, skin and bone removed, meat shredded or chopped into ½-inch chunks. […]

Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving Appetizers

I love Thanksgiving! I mean what other holiday has eating as its sole purpose? That’s my kind of holiday. When I was growing up, we didn’t have family nearby, but, instead adopted neighbors from down the street to celebrate the big winter holidays with. We alternated; one year we had Thanksgiving and the Griffiths had […]

Meal Prep Shortcuts

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

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 […]

What’s Cookin’: This Week’s Menus

We spent the last two days with my parents and four siblings. What a whirlwind trip! I’m hoping that this week we can really get our routines in place. Get back to whole-hearted schooling. Get the bathrooms cleaned. Get a box or two unpacked. Can we find the New Normal please? One thing that is […]