Ellie had been living on a steady diet of purees for months when I knew she was ready to start eating more of our food. Even though she was ready, I was not, because I had no idea what to feed her.
I started by slowly including her in our dinners. When I made our weekly meal plan, I chose things she could eat. Ellie often got the deconstructed, Top Chef version of our meals. For example, when we ate fish tacos, Ellie had fish without the spicy seasoning, small pieces of tortilla and bits of mango and avocado.
We started to get the swing of dinner pretty quickly, but lunch had me stumped. Like most working adults, lunch is kind of an after thought for me. Picking up food or relying on boxed meals was how I survived, but lean cuisines weren’t going to cut it for her. And, now that I work from home, I was responsible for feeding us lunch five days a week, which seemed pretty daunting.
I finally sat down and actually developed a list of things I could make in 15 minutes or less. Everything can work as a finger food for Ellie, but is also something she and I would both like.
I’m guessing I’m not the only person looking for quick and easy meals, so I’ve added a new section to the site called “Feeding Your Family.” You can still find info on making your own baby food there, but I’ve added a page for “Big Kid” recipes. So far, it includes recipes for chicken nuggets, quesadillas and pita pizzas, and I plan to keep adding to it. Even though these are labeled for kids, I offer tweaks and options for more adult palates, so please check it out even if you don’t have any little ones at your house.
Last month, it was my turn to host supper club. My turn comes up once a year, and each time, I sort of rack my brain to decide what to make. This time I wanted something feminine and easy that felt like spring.
I settled on recipes I’d made before: Gywnnie’s rotisserie chicken, asparagus, clementine/almond muffins and mustard roasted potatoes. I also decided to try this recipe for rhubarb snackin’ cake that was delicious. You should definitely try it out. Continue reading
This last week was a doozy. Both the husband and I came down with a nasty case of the flu, and then, this weekend we hosted Ellie’s baptism. All of that, plus a heavy workload have kept me away from here. Luckily, we’ve both recovered, and things are starting to even out again, which hopefully means, I’ll be sharing news with you here. Because truthfully, I’ve had a lot of things I wanted talk with you about. A lot.
One of the first things is that we liked three more of the wines we picked up at Royal Liquor. I’ve decided to add a wine list page, where I can catalog all of these. I thought that might be easier than trying to sift through past posts to find a wine I mentioned on here. Here they are:
Milton Park by Thorn – Clarke, Shiraz, 2010: Light with peppery notes
Roc de Chateauvieux, Vouvray, 2008: Starts out sweet, but has a light crisp finish
Chateau de Campuget, Costieres de Nimes, Rose, 2012: Dry and crisp – a perfect spring wine – Not at all what I expected. I’m thinking of serving this one at a dinner party in a few weeks.
With a winter storm scheduled to hit Kansas City this last weekend, I knew I needed to be prepared, so I stocked up on wine from Royal Liquor (and brownies). I take winter preparedness very seriously.
If you’re unfamiliar with Royal Liquor, it’s located at 103rd and State Line in Kansas City, Missouri. Their resident sommelier, Alan Hagedorn, led a wine tasting the husband and I attended last fall. We loved every bottle he selected and learned a lot about wine. Since then, I’ve discovered he has quite the following in Kansas City, along with a great column in Tastebud Magazine.
The main reason I try to swing by Royal Liquor is that the store’s aisles are peppered with handwritten recommendations from Alan. It takes the guess-work and stress out of choosing a bottle. Since I was there, I decided to stock up on quite a few, and my plan is to share our favorites with you as we drink them.
The first we tried was a Cabernet Sauvignon. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of cabs, but this one was really good. It has a nice, smooth finish. (and other wine nonsense). Just listen to Alan. He knows his stuff.
Clayhouse Vineyards, 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
After just a few days as a vegeterian, I can officially tell you it is hard, and it’s not because the food isn’t good – it really is. The difficult part, for me at least, is the planning.
I knew I wanted to launch this experiment in March, but for some reason, I didn’t prepare well. The weekend before I stocked up on meat and fish for the freezer. (What was I thinking?) Then, on Friday, I looked at the calendar and thought, “Oh no, I didn’t buy anything to make.” So, I kicked off my days of healthy veggies and whole grains with two boxed meals and a McFlurry, also there was a brownie/cookie. It was bad people.
Luckily, I was able to get to the store on Sunday, so I have some things planned and ready to go now. The only real issue is that two weeks ago I discovered my new favorite lunch. It’s this fantastic couscous salad that is easily customizable. Tuna is one of the main ingredients, and while I could make a vegeterain version of this, I don’t want to. It’s really good just as it is. So while I can’t eat it, would you make some for yourself, please? Someone should really be eating it. Continue reading
So big news at our house, I’m tackling one of my bucket list items this month. Drumroll, please…..
For one month, I’m going to be a vegetarian.
And people, I am scared. Continue reading
I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. It is, in fact, my favorite holiday. I know it’s commercially created and completely made-up. I’ve heard it all. Blah, blah, blah. I don’t care. To me, there is something nice about a day dedicated to showing the people you love that you care about them. Really, what’s wrong with that?
I don’t know about the people in your life, but I bet they’d love some homemade cookies.
For these, I used a slice and bake cookie recipe that is easily customizable. I spiced it up with cinnamon and orange zest. They’re really great just like this, but cut into hearts and sandwiched with raspberry jam, these cookies are tart, buttery and perfect for your Valentine. Continue reading
So, this month I tackled Mark Bittman’s cookbook, The Food Matters Project and am completely obsessed. It is an amazing book that has given me some great tips and taught me a lot about food. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
If you’re not familiar with Bittman, he is a prolific food writer who’s written several huge cookbooks. This particular one focuses on eating more whole grains, veggies and fruits, while limiting meat. He doesn’t ask you to give up meat, but rethink how much of it you eat as a serving. He believes this way of eating will improve your health and the planet. It’s the kind of common sense nutritional advice that always has me slapping my forehead. I mean, we all know what we’re supposed to eat, but I have a hard time figuring out what to make. That’s where this cookbook really shines. Continue reading
This year, I made the resolution to read one book a month. I started with My Berlin Kitchen by the super talented Luisa Weiss. I’d been a huge fan of her blog, The Wednesday Chef and hoped her memoir would be as fantastic. It is.
She paints a beautiful picture of Berlin, and all the cities she loved along the way. Woven into her story are snippets of history and recipes that give you insight into each place she’s loved and lived. Continue reading
It’s that time of year when we’re all a little more aware of what we’re eating. So, I offer you a beautiful winter salad that tastes as wonderful as it is good for you.