guiltless mac and cheese

Everyone’s favorite comfort food…how can you feed your babies mac and cheese without feeling guilty? It’s easy – use whole wheat pasta (and less of it), add some protein and veggies and mix with a homemade cheese sauce to serve a hearty and delicious comfort-food meal that’s nutritious! Ingredients For cheese sauce: (this will make…

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Simple, Homemade Cheese Sauce

Perfect for mac & cheese, baked pasta dishes or casseroles, this delicious, creamy cheese sauce is made with actual food (instead of processed cheese)! You can feel great about indulging in comfort foods. This sauce freezes beautifully. The recipe below makes enough for 3 batches of mac and cheese, so I usually freeze 2 freezer-friendly…

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brussels sprout conversion

I’m sure you all have your Thanksgiving menus finalized by now…but if you’re looking for some inspiration, look no further. These maple bacon brussels sprouts are rich and sweet and salty and earthy and just plain delicious. Not a lot of work, either :). This is good enough to convert that last hold out at your…

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Thanksgiving Crafts

Because what else do you have to do? Cook the year’s largest meal for a bunch of folks that really just showed up for football and leftover sandwiches? If you’re lucky like me, you’ll be going to your chef-mom’s house for the best turkey in North America, bringing just a couple of veggies with you….

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weekday morning homemade pancakes without waking up at 4

These banana pancakes made with whole wheat are so good, so easy and freeze beautifully. That’s how my kiddo gets to eat pancakes during the week – I make a single batch (which is big) on a weekend and have enough for weeks of weekday breakfasts because I have a stash of them in the…

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pasta with shrimp and bacon in a poblano cream sauce

Yep, I said it. Shrimp, Bacon and Poblano Cream sauce – the new triumvirate. Add in pasta and it’s just ridiculous. I actually used “spiralized” zucchini for this one because I felt guilty about feeding my child the aforementioned triumvirate. You can buy a “vegetizer” or “spiralizer” on Amazon for about $10. It turns zucchini…

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green chile chicken burgers

You can make these burgers in advance as they work perfectly for tailgating in the fall or grilling on the 4th of July, or any other time you want to eat a moist, well-seasoned chicken burger studded with green chiles!  The recipe is crazy simple, nothing you don’t already have in your pantry (if your…

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on organics

I freely admit pricing on organic produce often gives me sticker shock…”regular” blueberries are $2.99/ pint, organic are $4.99!  That’s almost twice the price!  These are my thoughts on going organic and how I manage to be as organic as possible while still keeping to my budget… The other blueberries aren’t “regular.”  They’ve been treated with chemicals…

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potato salad with mustard and peas

This is a yummy alternative to the mayo-based potato salad with lots of mayonnaise I grew up eating.  The blend of flavors is more complex and work at a barbeque or a high brow brunch.  This salad is even better and looks fancier if you barely parboil the potatoes and then grill ’em. Serves 8 as a…

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cheery cherry clafouti

Clafouti is a French fruit custard.  Sounds pretty high brow, but you can make it in a blender!  Like a daquiri but WAY easier.  Very easy, very little clean up and VERY delicious.  It’s also beautiful.  Make it and impress friends and family with your international flair. Ingredients 1 lb fresh cherries 3/4 tsp finely grated and chopped lemon…

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chicken poblano enchilada casserole

This rich and hearty casserole will answer any Tex-Mex or Mexican food craving you have.  It is just SO good.  I hid some veggies in it, so you can feel great about feeding it to your family.  This easy recipe takes about 20 minutes to put together and freezes beautifully.  You can save 7 minutes…

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the best steakhouse burger

I don’t own a steakhouse, but I have worked in several.  This burger would have improved those menus.  This steakhouse burger sounds fancy and tastes incredible, but it’s really simple to put together.  You probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now! Ingredients 1 lb ground beef (I used an 85/15 grass fed,…

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peach amaretto jam

This jam is like me – sweet with a nice nutty complexity from the Amaretto.  This makes an AMAZING filling for layered cakes or in cookie recipes that call for jam.  This jam would rock a jam pastry.  Adapted from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. Makes 4 half pint jars Ingredients 3 lbs…

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raspberry habanero barbecue sauce

This stuff is phenomenal.  It will make you barbecue a LOT more often.  Like every night, because it’s good on everything.  Monday night: steaks with raspberry habanero barbecue sauce, Tuesday night: chicken, Wednesday night: shrimp.  Then there’s still pork, rabbit, quail, turkey, ham….fire up the grills! Makes about 3 cups Ingredients 8 cups of fresh…

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grown up watermelon mint popsicles!!!!

This recipe for watermelon, vodka and mint popsicles (“poptails”) also works as a granita (adult snowcones!!).  Super easy, delicious and perfect for a hot July afternoon or balmy summer evening.  As you can see, they’re also beautiful. makes 36 popcicles Ingredients 8 cups cubed watermelon 4 peeled limes 1 cup fresh mint 3/4 cup vodka…

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happy accident – maple ginger baked beans

These beans are really TOO good.  My intent was to make a traditional baked beans, but somewhere along the way I made these.  They’re so good, I never even went back to make baked beans.  These taste surprisingly like the pork and beans we grew up with, but with a lingering sophistication from the ginger….

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The BEST Tex-Mex burger

This claim may have been made before.  Whether they were from Texas or not, I cannot prove.  I can guarantee this is the best Tex-Mex burger you’ll ever eat.  It’s also really simple to put together.  You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen.  ALL Texans should have these ingredients. Ingredients 1 lb…

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grilled flank steak with cilantro chimichurri

This is so good and so easy you will impress yourself (not to mention guests and family members!).  Seriously, five steps and you’ll be magically transported to a Tex-Mex version of Argentina.  This is a sexy dish, so put on your tango shoes and dance your way to the kitchen! Serves 4 Ingredients 1 lb…

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summery nectarine salad

This nectarine salad is light, bright and delicious.  Perfect for warm days, it has a wonderful combination of sweet and tart and bold.  This salad has some surprising ingredients, but they work together perfectly.  It feels a little sophisticated (perfect to bring to a party), and could not be easier.  Literally 3 steps. The quantities…

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BBQ Sweet Potato Chips

I’m not sure I need to elaborate.  These are sweet potato chips seasoned with an intoxicating blend of brown sugar, cayenne pepper, cumin and other spices.  You’ll never buy Lay’s again.  Surprisingly, these are easy to make and don’t make a huge mess.  Make them for the 4th of July.  You’ll be the talk of…

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plum upside down cake

No offense, pineapple, but this cake just got WAY better!  This weekend I found organic plums, et voila!  The cake looks beautiful, tastes even better!  Not a maraschino cherry in sight.  I made this using a 10″ cast iron skillet.  You can also use a regular round cake pan.  Or a square one.  Who says…

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my mom’s famous fried shrimp

My mom’s shrimp are famous.  You’ve probably heard of them.  Luckily, she’s my mom, so she shared her super-secret recipe (she might be surprised to see it on my blog, though!).  As always these came out beautifully.  Don’t let the frying part scare you, it’s not hard and these shrimp are totally worth it! Serves…

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ooey gooey cherry oatmeal bar

These bars have oatmeal, wheat flour and fruit, so they’re appropriate for breakfast, right?  But they taste so much like the most gorgeous cake you’ve ever eaten that you may want to save them for dessert.  I never can decide, so I eat them for breakfast AND dessert.  They also freeze beautifully.  Adapted from Martha…

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peas with lemon and basil, please

Love, love, love this recipe!  The concert of flavors, bright basil, tart lemon and sweet peas in this dish is amazing.  It feels like a real celebration of spring.  Willa can’t get enough of these either.  I made this recipe 2 nights in a row based on how quickly we worked our way through the…

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sunshine on a plate

This lime cake with blueberry filling is crazy good.  It just feels like summer to me.  It’s an update to the classic combination of lemon and blueberries, substituting lime.  The incredible cream cheese frosting adds just the right amount of sweetness.  This works great as cupcakes, too! Ingredients for the cake 2 1/2 cups cake…

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cherry cardamom sticky buns

These are SO easy and SO delicious!  No need to mess with yeast, this recipe uses puff pastry for the dough!  The combination of dried cherries, cardamom, pecans, and cinnamon is out of this world.  Make these for breakfast this weekend! Ingredients 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed 1 softened stick of butter 1 cup…

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plum, lime and mint jam

In the summer I gorge on stone fruits.  Especially nectarines, plums and cherries.  I love their sweet-tart flavor and how the flesh varies so much – intensely flavored near the skin, more mellow near the seed.  I try to buy organic only, especially on these guys, because the skin is very thin and pesticides easily…

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tomato and burrata bruschetta

This is another installment in my ongoing series, fancy food that is both easy to make and delicious.  I can’t say enough about this perfect combination of sweet tomato, salty olive oil, crispy baguette and tart balsamic.  Part of the magic is the burrata, which is mozzarella that is stuffed with fresh cream.  Duh!  Even…

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bbq chicken salad

This is one of two go-to salads we eat all the time.  It is easy to make, full of flavor, and appeals to virtually every palate.  It’s also filling.  Nothing is more disappointing in my book than getting up from a meal feeling unsatisfied. I made fancy stripes of ingredients for the photographed salad that…

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roasted beets with bacon and mustard

This combination of beets, bacon and mustard is truly magical.  This recipe is earthy, sweet, tart and rich.  These beets are easy to make and taste like a treasured family recipe.  They work deliciously as a side dish, but even better slightly warm over a green salad.  I don’t know what life would be like…

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banana bread and carrot cake got drunk one night….

If banana bread and carrot cake got drunk one night and made a baby, it would be hummingbird cake.  This cake is a spic-y, banana-y, tropical-y delight wrapped in decadent cream cheese frosting.  If you make this for a party, go ahead and print out several copies of the recipe because EVERYONE will want it….

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peach bbq sauce

Sounds crazy, right?  It IS crazy.  Crazy GOOD.  It is all the things barbecue sauce should be:  sweet, tangy and spicy.  This is pretty easy to make, and a good way to preserve organic peaches when you find them on sale….after you’ve made a dozen jars of peach jam and peach pie filling.  My recipe…

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minty lime pound cake

This cake is so good I get requests for people’s birthdays at work.  I brought for the maternity ward nurses when I had Willa (I am not above bribery :)) and one of the nurses hounded me for the recipe.  My midwife did, too. This cake is tart and sweet and moist.  It has a lime…

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jalapeno pimento cheese

I have fond memories of my grandmother making me pimento cheese sandwiches as a child.  It’s always been a favorite, but my now sophisticated and mature palate (read: old) needed to spice things up a bit.  Literally.  This is surprisingly easy to make and is even better the second day if left in the fridge…

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homemade chipotle ketchup

I know, I know, making my own ketchup is ridiculous.  There are several varieties of organic and regular available for unbelievably low prices at my neighborhood grocery store.  The fact is, this recipe takes a long time, is a lot of work, and is a bit expensive.  But I love ketchup!  AND if one of…

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the peanut butter cookie solution

I have never been a fan of peanut butter cookies.  Not because I don’t love peanut butter, it’s one of my favorite substances on earth.  I just don’t like the sandy texture of most peanut butter cookies.  This recipe is different.  It delivers unbelievably creamy, pillowy peanut butter cookies with crunchy granules of turbinado sugar…

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foodgasam, grilled cheese style

I knew this sandwich would be good, I had no idea it would be foodgasmic.  I burned one side of the sandwich.  It is so good, I ate it burned.  Every single crumb.  Didn’t even notice.  This grilled cheese is the PERFECT combination of salty and sweet, creamy and crunchy, crispy and soft.  I can’t…

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hardly a recipe….roasted or grilled asparagus

I feel like I’m cheating by posting this, but it is so delicious and simple that I make it all the time.  Leftovers work great in a salad or chopped up small in Willa’s lunch.  This is a core recipe from my kitchen and an easy veggie side dish that you’ll enjoy making and eating….

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tickle me pickled

These spicy bread and butter pickles are everything you want in a condiment. They are spicy and sweet. They are gorgeous on their own, but improve every sandwich. They partner with other pantry and fridge ingredients to make the perfect tartar sauce, almost as good as the perfect remoulade they also make.  I can only…

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liquid gold…onion jam

You should use this jam the way you use salt – on everything.  This jam imparts a rich, slow-roasted, earthy sweet flavor to anything you add it to.  Everything is improved by it’s addition….roast beef, vegetables, as a marinade for pork or chicken, added to pasta sauces.  It mellows out sharp flavors, completely revolutionizes grilled…

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world peace? these amaretto blondies are a start

Feels like a hyperbole, but I’m pretty sure Putin would reconsider his activities in the Ukraine if he had a plate of these to munch on while riding horseback without a shirt.  There’s really only one way to know for sure – make them for yourself and everyone you know. Ingredients 1 1/4 cup white whole…

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eh-too what? etouffee! crawfish etouffee, that is

I am fully prepared for the good-natured haranguing I will receive from my cajun relatives at my presumption in publishing this recipe.  No, I did not grow up in Louisiana, but that doesn’t mean I love crawfish any less.  Crawfish have a deep, rich seafood flavor; they are sweet and have a wonderful, toothsome texture.  These…

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second thoughts on driving in Scotland and Scottish community

After 3 days on the left hand side of the road and the right hand side of the car, I am driving like a modern day Enzo Ferrari: slingshoting around tight corners, drafting behind fast-moving locals and passing two cars in a single burst of light speed.  This is fun and I want to do…

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“all Scottish food is based on a dare…”

For those of you who don’t recognize that quote, I had based all my Scottish food assumptions on the few comments made by Mike Myers in “So I Married an Axe Murderer.”  I am happy to share that this is not entirely the case.  OR, the Scots saw that movie and then cleaned up their…

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on driving in Scotland

Three words:  don’t do it. Unless you have nerves of steel or worked for Blackwater in Kabul, I recommend you find a friend who has and convince them to travel with you.  I’m not saying “don’t take a driving trip through Scotland,” because you absolutely should.  It’s amazing!  And after 3 days of white-knuckled drama,…

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homemade salsa

Salsa is a mainstay in our house.  Willa and I eat it on most things, and Rick usually nibbles on it at night after work.  Here’s a super easy and delicious salsa.  It will take you all of 3 minutes to make.  It’s great in my bean and corn salad, too! Ingredients 1 onion 2…

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tuscan white bean soup

Did I discover this recipe in Tuscany?  No, but cannellini beans are very common in Tuscan food and I think calling this “Tuscan” makes it sound fancier.  It doesn’t matter what you call this soup , it’s hearty, warming and delicious.  This also freezes well.  I always have a container of this in the freezer on…

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pea and bacon risotto

This dish is a beautiful transition from winter into spring.  I’m not going to lie, this recipe requires work, but it’s not complicated.  And how can you argue with the beautiful harmony of fresh spring peas and rich, smoky bacon.  Sprinkle in some parmesan and shallots and your world will be rocked. Ingredients 5 slices of bacon…

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outfitting the nursery without dirtying your diaper

I only passed out once when I was pregnant.  I remember it clearly…I was shopping for a crib for my teeny tiny baby.  The first crib I looked at was $800!  Just the crib!  My husband ushered me into a rocking chair to catch my breath, but that only made things worse… it was called…

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maple cumin carrots

Cumin is my favorite spice. Earthy, smoky, rich…I haven’t found a recipe yet that wasn’t improved by it’s addition.*  About a year ago I came across a recipe that combined maple and cumin.  Brilliant!  This may be the first time I’m getting around to trying something with it, but these carrots are, indeed, brilliant!  For those of you…

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bacon and arugula bread pudding

This dish is so good, it brought a vegetarian back to her senses on Easter.  It’s that good.  Go to the grocery store right now.  Make it for dinner tonight.  Never look back. Ingredients 7 eggs 1 cup whole milk 1 cup half & half 1 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesano reggiano 1 1/4 cup…

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peaches!!!

SO excited to see the first organic peaches of the year! As you can see, Brady is excited, too 😉

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roasted pork loin

I made this last Sunday for Easter.  This is my mother’s recipe and it is SO delicious.  Cooking something like a pork loin may seem intimidating, but you’ll be surprised by how easy it is.  This is another dish that requires little work but impresses friends and family (and tummies!) every time! Ingredients 1 whole…

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corn and bean salad

This is sweet, salty, spicy and crunchy all in one bite!  (and vegan!)  Every time I make this for a party I receive multiple requests for the recipe.  Once you share the recipe (preferably via a link to this page, hint, hint), people will be slightly less impressed because it’s so easy to make. I usually serve this as…

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the new hoighty-toighty foodie condiment…cilantro chutney

Not sure I need to say anything else.  Use it as you would bacon:  on sandwiches, on salads, in pasta, with breakfast, mixed with avocadoes for a fancy-schmancy guacamole.  The list goes on…as a marinade for chicken, beef, pork or seafood, in burritos, on burgers, on chips, in eggs, off of a spoon….Eventually you will end…

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tzatziki…don’t take it personally

I don’t know what that title means.  I do know this stuff has a funny name.  Also, it’s delish.  I created this recipe to go on my lamburgers, but my hubby likes to eat it on potato chips like a Greek version of French onion dip.  It’s also perfect as a veggie dip.  It would probably even…

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simplest syrup

The uses for simple syrup are endless.  In fact, you will probably invent new uses once you read how to make it.  Take notes, because this is complex: Combine equal parts sugar and water in a pot. Heat over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until of syrup consistency. Yep, that’s it.  You can make fancy simple syrups…

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cherry limeades or, how to use the baby food your kid won’t eat, part 1

As a new mom, I thought it important to make my new baby’s food.  I read all the books, and followed all of the instructions only to discover that my baby doesn’t like baby food.  No, she only wants to eat mommy’s food.  Guacamole with cayenne and jalapeno, YES!  Spicy Indian lentils, ABSOLUTELY.  Pureed organic…

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fiendishly good egg salad

I know what you’re thinking, “fiendishly?!”  This dish was originally titled “devilishly good” as a play on deviled eggs, but I think “fiendishly” sounds more dramatic.  In fact, this recipe may turn you into an egg salad addict.  For that, I apologize. If you find yourself with a lot of boiled eggs on hand, say you…

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the perfect boiled egg

My good friend Molly taught me how to make the perfect boiled egg when were roomies in New York.  We shared a 300 square foot efficiency.  We were REALLY close ’cause, you know, there were never more than 10 feet between us when we were both home.  Now I think of her every time I…

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updated easter eggs

Last month a friend came to town for a visit.  While she was here she described how she and her son had been decorating Easter eggs for the past 7 years.  This process may not be easier, but it delivers a better final product and you don’t have to worry about stained fingertips. Ingredients hard boiled…

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lamburgers

Not a typo.  These are burgers, made of lamb.  The pun makes me laugh every time. There’s a Mediterranean vibe going on with the ingredients that makes these burgers satisfy your taste buds in a whole new way.  Definitely delicious.  Not sure they’re more nutritious, but if that’s what it takes to convince you to…

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lemon bar with gingerbread crust

Lemon is, by far, my favorite dessert ingredient.  Gingerbread is a close second.  Today they had a baby.  A sweet, tart, complex baby with an attitude.  This baby takes a little work to make, but it is oh so worth it.  I’ve adapted this recipe from the Baked, New Frontiers in Baking – one of…

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judge not, lest ye…

I clearly remember the horror I felt when I first found my infant daughter with my flip flop in her mouth.  A loop began running in my mind that hasn’t really stopped: You are a terrible mother – how could you be so careless as to leave your shoes where she could reach them?! You are…

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texas chili

Not to be confused with chili.  I still took liberties with this Texas Chili, of course, but I’m a Texan, I can do that.  I would not readily admit to adding greens (kale!) to my all beef chili.  If pressed (by another Texan), I would probably insinuate that it was cilantro.  Hearty enough to warm you on a…

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cauliflower convert

Cauliflower was my least favorite vegetable growing up.  Now I appreciate the hint of sweetness hiding underneath it’s musky-earthy flavor.  I have made cauliflower a million times in lieu of mashed potatoes (any low carb friends out there?), but my favorite way to enjoy it is roasted with garlic.  Very easy to make, even easier to enjoy.  Even…

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i’ll gladly pay you tuesday for a cheeseburger pizza today

My husband has his own food pyramid with four levels:  pizza, burgers, dogs and beer.  I hit the ball outta’ the park with this recipe – I tackled 2 of the 4 food groups by combining cheese burgers and pizza.  I did serve it with beer while the dog whined for a slice – I think that…

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salmon salad with roasted beets

This salad was a happy accident discovered during my father’s visit last month.  We were hungry and I knew there was enough food in the fridge to pull something together, but didn’t know what it would be.  I had defrosted two pieces of salmon the day before, so that was a no brainer.  I threw in…

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roasted beets with orange, ginger and mint

I love beets.  This is the first of several beet recipes that will appear on this website.  They’re particularly appropriate on kitschnkitchen.com because they’re both kitsch-y and kitchen-y.  The basic roasting part of the recipe is important and will need to be done with any recipe (except pickled beets).  Sometimes I prefer plain ol’ beets, roasted with…

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best sandwich ingredient ever – pickled red onions

I made these originally to go on my mexican tortas, but felt like including them in the recipe was a bit excessive.  The reality is, they are easy to make and quite delicious on their own.  I don’t love pickled things, but I love onions, and the vinegar mellows them out nicely.  I’ve since discovered…

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mustard vinaigrette

FACT 1:  This dressing is super easy to make. FACT 2:  This dressing is DE.LIC.IOUS. FACT 3:  Commercially produced dressings usually have scary ingredients you cannot pronounce and that can only be explained by a scientist FACT 4:  You should make this dressing tonight.  It will change your salad-eating life. Ingredients 1/4 cup red wine vinegar…

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the flippity floppity fish, the octopus and the tsunami

Tonight Willa and I played a newish game I’ll call The Flippity Floppity Fish, the Octopus and the Tsunami. It started on the changing table. As I tried to change her diaper, Willa flip-flopped around like a fish out of water. When I finally managed to hold her down at the waist to tape the diaper, her…

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refried (not really) black beans

I have to tell you, these beans are AMAZING!  This is one of my favorite recipes in part because I LOVE black beans, in part because it is so easy, but mostly because I am so proud of it.  I totally winged these – I had friends in town and was watching Willa, so I…

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curried sweet potato stew

I came across a version of this recipe several years ago in the April 2010 issue of Women’s Health Magazine.  It’s so delicious, satisfying and relatively guilt-free that it’s become a staple in my house.  This recipe is amazingly forgiving and you can add or substitute any other veggies you have lying around the kitchen. …

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lentil soup for a cold front

We had a cold front come through this week.  I feel guilty using “cold front” to describe the last couple of days here in south Florida given the rough winter so many folks have had this year.  Cold is relative…we broke out our knee-high boots and scarves for lows in the 40s. We get so few…

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mexican tortas

In my youth (feels like another lifetime) I spent 7 months backpacking through Central America.  I have many fond memories of that time, but my best food memories are of exquisitely ripe fruit and incredibly toothsome sandwiches called tortas.  There’s nothing like a good sandwich.  And there’s no sandwich like a torta. I’m not sure…

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the turkey shoot (no actual turkeys were harmed in this shoot)

Sometimes in the early morning as my child is just beginning to stir, or in the evening (as I fall asleep on the couch, covered in spit-up) I catch a glimpse of what life was like before Willa.  I don’t mean before I was pregnant,  just before she was born.  A faint memory tickles the back of…

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baby sweet potatoes, butternut and winter squash

Ingredients 2 cups peeled and diced vegetables about 1/2 cup breast milk, formula or steaming liquid 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Peel and chop one large sweet potato – make sure chopped pieces are consistently sized for even cooking. Steam for about 8 minutes or until fork tender. Pour half a cup of breast milk, formula, steaming water…

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baby food – to make or not to make

As a conscientious new mother, I wanted to make homemade, organic baby food for my little one.  To ensure her little temple is nourished with the freshest, best fruits and veggies.  At the same time, I noticed commercial baby food was relatively inexpensive (less than $1 a jar) and the ingredients seemed reasonable (organic peas and water).  And…

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Beginnings…

I am so excited to launch my blog today with my very first post! As the first of what will undoubtedly be millions of posts, let me start by saying I am a mom to one daughter and one adorable pup, a wife and I work full-time.  Despite all that busy-ness, I like to do some…

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