Cornbread with Mustard Greens and Cheddar

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I’m at a loss for words lately. I’ve had this recipe ready to go for a few weeks now, but I’ve held off on it because I couldn’t bring myself to write an intro for you. This is an annoying new trend for me; one fueled by an unhealthy addiction to Candy Crush and Farm Heroes. If you know what these things are, then send me an extra life would you. If you don’t know what they are, thank your lucky stars and whatever you do, DON’T try to find out.  Remember that time back in the 80′s when MTV … Continue reading

Watermelon Coconut Sherbet

Watermelon Coconut Milk Sherbet

I’m giddy about the 4th of July this week. After what seemed to be a never-ending winter, warm weather has smothered us  with a big humid hug, and I’m not complaining. It’s hot, but I’ve got Watermelon Coconut Sherbet to help cool me down. This stuff is really cool. If this doesn’t refresh you then you weren’t hot to start with! You know what makes me mad? Committing to a big ole watermelon only to get it home and find out that it isn’t a good melon. Either I just don’t know how to pick out a good melon – … Continue reading

Homemade Pancake Syrup

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Saturday mornings are, for many, lazy affairs. Extra hours spent in bed, fingers lingering around the edge of coffee cups and pajama-clad children happily entranced in their cartoons. Not in my house though. With three young kids the Saturday morning routine starts at the same time as the Monday, Wednesday and Friday routine. Little Guy and I are up at 6:00 am, and the twins are up by 7:30. There are two differences though. First I try to let hubby stay in bed for a little longer and Little Guy and I make pancakes. The recipe changes week to week, … Continue reading

Spring Salad with Rhubarb

Spring Salad with Rhubarb

The first CSA box of the season was stuffed full of spring veggies like lettuce, beets, radishes and rhubarb. RHUBARB! Aghhhh! In over two decades of living in New England, I’ve managed to stay away from all but one small taste in a strawberry-rhubarb jam. I’ve had zero interest in something that looked like celery left to sit in red food coloring and then made into dessert. Alas, there it was – one pound of it. To figure out what to do with it, I asked those of you on my Facebook page. I got fantastic answers like compote, sorbet … Continue reading

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Poundcake

You know that saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? Well, things are a bit hard right now. Not hard in the tragic, lifetime story sort of way. More like in the I-have-twins-that-won’t-stop-biting-each-other-and-I’m-out-of-bedrooms-so-they-have-to-share-a-room-and-they-just-learned-how-to-climb-in-and-out-of-their-cribs-so-it-is-now-a-free-for-all-cry-fest-every-single-night sort of way. So, what am I doing about it? Am I reading parenting books, or talking to other moms on ideas of what to do? No, I’m making lemon cake. Lots of lemon cake.  Lemon cake isn’t helping the problems with the twins, but it is working very well. I’ve eaten an embarrassing amount of this in the past week or two as I’ve developed … Continue reading

Oven-Fried Okra

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  A few years ago I posted my recipe for fried okra. The straight forward version featured okra soaked in buttermilk, tossed with a mixture of flour and corn flour then deep fried to crispy heaven. It’s traditional, crispy and perfect. Perfect except for one small thing – the deep fried part. I just can’t deep fry anymore. Not only because of me (still) trying (and failing) to lose weight, but also because of the little ones. The last thing you want to be doing with precious little angels (devils) running around the kitchen is to be playing around with … Continue reading

Shrimp Pasta Salad with Arugula and the 3rd Blogiversary

Shrimp Pasta Salad with Arugula

Three years ago I was on the way home from the grocery store when the idea for this blog came to me. I was fed up with trying to make the appropriate “green” food choices for my family. I found the decisions necessary to navigate the green-food world unapproachable, confusing and very expensive. Even with a culinary degree and experience at one of the top food magazines in the country, I felt somehow unqualified to do something as simple as prepare a healthy meal for my Little Guy. The shiny blogs I followed made it all look easy to live … Continue reading

Strawberry Pecan Pavlova with Yogurt Whipped Cream

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Growing up my mother kept a small framed picture in the kitchen window of a woman at the kitchen stove, several small children and a small zoo of pets all vying for her attention. Below it was the caption, “Love makes all things easy” Once I was old enough to starting helping out with the kitchen, I would spend my time washing the dishes staring at this little picture. I didn’t get it. The scene was dreadful to me – all those kids – all those animals. As a child, I never really got what my mom saw in the … Continue reading

Multigrain Pancake Mix

Multigrain Pancake Mix

A few weeks ago, and with minimal fanfare, the Twinkle Twins turned two. I purposely downplayed the birthday. They are still too young to really get into birthdays. They had their cake, they opened presents, and we all sang to them. Miss Magoo now walks around singing “Happy birthday to me” and Squishy Delishy keeps saying “Two, two, two!!!”. They like being two, and I like them at two. Nothing can compare with the cuteness of a two year old. A pre-schooler and two toddlers in the house certainly has its challenges. That is clear at mealtimes more than other … Continue reading

Layered Vegetable Spanish Tortilla

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There are countless reasons to celebrate right about now. When I look out the window in the morning I see green instead of brown, gray and white. The windows are open, the air is warm and the open-toed shoes are out of storage. After the winter we’ve had, I would take a sunny day with temps above 60 as a reason to celebrate. But this year I get a lot more than warm weather to make for special meals. Easter and Passover share the week with the Twinkle Twin’s second birthday, so it’s a big week of partying around here. … Continue reading

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