There is nothing better than a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs on a cold winter night, especially if your kids are doing most of the cooking! Mixing and shaping are a great activity for little hands if they’re old enough to know to wash their hands after touching raw ingredients. Conveniently leaving your hands free for supervising and sipping. Continue reading
Category Archives: Italian
Featured Recipe: Grilled Pizza
Featured Wine: Chianti, or if you’re feeling sassy: Champagne.
A dab of flour on noses, oops! a little juice spilled. Cooking with kids, what a delightful mess and such fun, say paper towel companies.
More like, splat! there went a dozen eggs. No, you can’t eat raw bacon. How did spaghetti sauce wind up on the ceiling?
So, cooking with kids. Delightful and fun? Yes. A mess? Definitely! Continue reading
Featured Recipe: Risotto Milanese
Featured Wine: that bottle in the back of the fridge that made it beyond the weekend.
What do you get when you take an overzealous _______ and add a healthy dose of absolutely no spare time? All too often a _____ full of the best intentions that’s threatening to spoil. Continue reading
Ok, it’s resolutions time! Yes, I’m a few days late, but a girl’s got to finish her holiday, right? Now that it’s back to work, back to reality, I’m ready to commit. So, my resolutions are……………(drumroll, please)
1. Eat healthier
2. Workout more
3. Spend less money
Wow, original, right?
So here I was on Monday night, armed with my resolutions, trying to figure out what to make for dinner. It’s cold. I want something comforting. And filling. And delicious. Unfortunately lobster mac and cheese isn’t going to help me with those pesky resolutions.
Minestrone! It’s warm and comforting. The whole family loves it. If you’ve never seen a 3-year old chowing down on big chunks of kale, it’s worth it alone to make this. It’s healthy–only 4 Weight Watchers points per bowl. It’s cheap–about 10 bucks for the whole batch, or less than $1 per bowl. And it works out for you. Well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad (watch for my next post on Meatloaf).
At the farmer’s market the other day, kale was in abundance. At one farmer’s stand I found red russian kale, which I’ve never tried before. The perveyor described it as sweeter than regular kale so I happily brought it home for a try. Quickly braising it with smoky bacon and sweet onions, and serving over a rich Parmesan polenta made a delicious, quick, and vitamin-filled dinner for our family. Braised kale over Parmesan polenta paired with a delicious chianti is a perfect way to eat your veggies!
I know spring is here when I see the peas arrive at the farmer’s market. I was excited that this year the peas arrived just as my son was ready to start eating vegetables. At my farmer’s market, we are lucky enough to be able to buy already-shelled sweet peas, so I went ahead and bought 4 pounds the first week they were available. I probably ate a good pound of them raw while I contemplated how I would use them all.
Growing up on a farm, raw peas were one of my favorite delicacies. After school I would come home and pick peas and shell them for dinner–but I’d always end up eating at least half. To my surprise, my husband and my in-laws had never tasted a raw pea before I brought them home. This year my son is too young to eat raw peas, but I hope next year he’ll enjoy raw peas as much as I do!