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Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

Is there anything better than tomato soup to beat back the November chill? I don’t think so. Especially when the tomatoes that go into the soup have been oven roasted. Fire roasted tomato soup is a celebration of color and flavor. One I ...

Posted on: Nov 08, 2017 |  Original Post

Turkey Sheperds Pie

What comfort foods did you grow up with? On busy uninspired night, my mom would turn to mashed potatoes and ground beef and that combination still makes me just as happy as it did when I was a little girl with bangs in round blue glasses. But for ...

Posted on: Oct 12, 2016 |  Original Post

Last Minute Pulled Pork and my New Insta-Pot Love

It seemed like the Instapot, or Instant Pot was everywhere overnight. Out of nowhere, about a year ago, my Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram feeds were filled with raving mentions about this new pressure cooker. When it went on sale for $74 on ...

Posted on: Sep 13, 2016 |  Original Post

Stuffed Shells, New Beginnings, and a Tablefull of Happy Kids

I’m a big believer in the energy of new beginnings, but these last few weeks, as back to school neared, I was having serious trouble mustering up enthusiasm for dinner. Blah. Blah. Blah. I just couldn’t muster up the energy to make the ...

Posted on: Aug 29, 2016 |  Original Post

Dude Ranch Vacation Low Down: Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

Dude ranches are now called guest ranches, but the concept remains the same. Log cabins. Horseback riding. Fishing. Group meals. All in the midst of a mind-blowing beautiful setting. I’m not quite sure what possessed me to throw out the ...

Posted on: Aug 25, 2016 |  Original Post

Homemade Italian Dressing Crockpot Chicken: Easy Dump Cooking with Real Ingredients

Summer cooking is lazy cooking, as it should be. Delicious and easy. Slice a few tomatoes and a little basil from the garden, drizzle a little balsamic and olive oil, and top it all off with some oozing burrata. Dinner is served! Between colorful ...

Posted on: Jun 29, 2016 |  Original Post

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s a war going on in our house, a delicious, brown sugar-loaded, cookie jar filling, chocolate chip cookie war. Since Jack and his friends came up with the macho tween boy greatest chocolate chip cookie recipe, Steve has gotten in the ...

Posted on: May 26, 2016 |  Original Post

Consider the Bunny: Not as a Meal but as a Pet

With four kids and an insatiable love of travel, I have never felt the need for a pet. My kids have begged, and begged and begged my deaf ears for a dog ever since they could talk, with zero success. They’ve written essays, put together ...

Posted on: May 20, 2016 |  Original Post

Be Still: a Lesson in Body Acceptance

“Be still,” she tells me, putting her hands upon my cheeks. Her fingers, no longer so pudgy, look like a child’s, and her nails need trimming. Staring into my eyes, she studies me. “What are these lines, mommy, between your ...

Posted on: May 12, 2016 |  Original Post

Broccoli Cheddar Croquettes and Embracing Those Facebook Cooking Videos

When I’m puffing out my chest, after a glass of riesling, I like to call myself an online pioneer, blogging before it became a verb. My blog was my creative space as I navigated the diaper years. It was an elite, exciting world, with ...

Posted on: Apr 14, 2016 |  Original Post

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Macho Tweens

Boys are a mystery. I’ve blogged before about the mystery of boys. Having grown up without brothers, the surprises of having a son confound me more every year. Sixth grade, my son’s second year of middle school, has been no exception. ...

Posted on: Feb 29, 2016 |  Original Post

All Day Bolognese: a Traditional Sauce to Bring Back Tuscany

People get upset when you mess with tradition, especially when it’s a beloved food tradition. I have a spaghetti meat sauce that my family adores. I throw it together regularly in the slow cooker. It’s the type of recipe I make by rote, ...

Posted on: Feb 17, 2016 |  Original Post

Sweet Potato Sausage Soup

Sweet potato sausage stew does not sound like a diet solution, and it is most definitely not. I’m a big believer in the magical dieting power of vegetable soups, but when you throw meat into the mix, the fat content goes up significantly. But ...

Posted on: Jan 26, 2016 |  Original Post

Butterflied Chicken on the Grill with a Zesty Lemon Sauce

There are many ways to identify a French woman. The most cliche is by their style and their love of scarves, but that’s most likely not the French characteristic people would know me by. I can picture my friends and neighbors nodding as they ...

Posted on: Sep 24, 2015 |  Original Post

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Over the last month or so, I have picked up and put down Kitchens of the Great Midwest multiple times without buying it. The title and descriptions just didn’t appeal for some reason. Then finally, serendipitously, in a hurry for a long flight ...

Posted on: Sep 20, 2015 |  Original Post

Apricot Chicken Drumsticks or How to Trick a Picky Eater Crew to Adopt a New Dish

Sweetness is the gateway to change, at least in my family. My kids (and my husband too!) like the same dishes, over and over and over again. Introducing a new dish to the dinner rotation takes master marketing skills, and sweetness to help ease ...

Posted on: Sep 17, 2015 |  Original Post

Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato: Bringing the Magic of Italy Late Nights Home

What’s your definition of late night? Mine has been forever altered by late night strolls in Italian piazzas. Night after night, we would emerge from a long dinner out with the kids to be greeted anew by the magic of late night piazzas. ...

Posted on: Sep 08, 2015 |  Original Post

Fruity Smoothies for a Fun and Nutritious Afternoon Snack and a Hamilton Beach Wave Blender Review

There’s power in new beginnings. This fall, I’m using our back to school fresh start to blitz the kids with healthy food. I’m hoping that after a few weeks, they’ll take the tiny tupperware containers overflowing with fruits ...

Posted on: Sep 01, 2015 |  Original Post

Tuscany: How to Step into a Postcard, Leave the Crowds Behind, and Gorge on Award-Winning Fragola Gelato

Two years ago, we tacked on a few days in Italy after a vacation in the South of France. Like a great appetizer, it made us hungry for more. We spent two days in Florence, two days in Sestri Levante, and one day in Milan. We left dazed from our five ...

Posted on: Aug 26, 2015 |  Original Post

Soy Butter Glazed Roast Chicken and Caramelized Baby Potatoes to Celebrate Back to School

The first day of school fills me with a bunch of conflicting emotions. I love the kid’s excitement, the return to routine, the smell of new school supplies. But I’m never ready to say goodbye to summer, to close the door on adventure, ...

Posted on: Aug 24, 2015 |  Original Post


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