I have a nice little pasta machine. It's the hand crank style, nothing super fancy. I've had it for more than a decade. I've used this machine maybe once a year. Every so often, I decide I want to make fresh pasta, and I drag the medieval contraption out from whatever generally unopened, dark cabinet … Continue reading Pasta Masochist
Potatoes are one of the most versatile cooking ingredients. I love potatoes. I have not found a preparation of potatoes that I don't like. And yes, I'm now going to go on about potatoes like Forest Gump went on about shrimp. There was a time in my life when someone convinced me to go on … Continue reading Potatoes
Feeding a family of mixed eaters is an ever challenging journey. Add a few extra allergies and dietary needs and the holidays are especially fun!
An acquaintance told me about her Instapot recently. It definitely sounded like something I would love to try out. Luck would have it that the husband and I stumbled onto a Macy's going out of business sale and there was an Instant Pot (not the "Instapot", another brand). This has to be one of the … Continue reading Instant Pot
I have recently been on a serious rice kick. We have a 9 year old that loves all things carbs. Getting her to eat food other than carbs and sugar (granted some of those sugars are from fruits) is a challenge. We found ourselves eating a lot of pasta, which constantly made me feel guilty … Continue reading Rice!
Two major changed occurred recently in our house. First, we decided to start menu planning at the beginning of each week to avoid the "what's for dinner" conversation every day and the impulse to just order in or go out. Second, my 18 year old moved back home. These two developments have resulted in me … Continue reading Food Planning
Cooking for kids is a challenge. That challenge gets to be even more fun when the kids are also vegan or vegetarian! But persevere.
It turns out that while, yes, the classic pesto sauce we all think of is basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts and Parmesan, you can make many varieties of pesto. I mean, we all know this because we've seen them on various menus or in jars at the grocery store, but I hadn't really thought … Continue reading Pesto Experiments
Yes, the blog title sounds like a recipe. And the recipe can be found on my recipe page. However, penne with vodka sauce is more of a bonding experience with my daughter Katie. The first time I tried to make this dish was a total disaster. No one, not either of my daughters or their … Continue reading Penne with Vodka Sauce
Some people believe there are certain seasons when you should eat certain foods. For example, soups and casseroles are typically thought of as foods good when it's cold outside. There are also people who think certain foods are for certain times of the day. The best example of this is that until recently, you could … Continue reading When is this food appropriate?