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christmas cookies, anyone?

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  It’s no secret that I don’t like to cook. However, I do love to bake—especially with enthusiastic, energetic people . . . like kids. While I was in Ohio a couple of weeks ago visiting my sister and her gang, we made our family’s favorite Christmas cookies. My nephews, Ian, 9, and Graham, 4, did most of the work, but we managed to get my sister to help when it came time to “paint” the cookies. Here that top-secret family recipe and some photos of our baking team in action. Laura’s Mom’s Roll-Out-and-Paint Christmas... read more

feel like making quinoa!

what are your favorite recipes? Subscribe to the Mothering.com Blogs Feed This entry was posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2009 at 2:29 pm and is filed under greener pastures, the flavor. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.     read more

chicken, little

So, I’ve really been trying to stretch my grocery dollar. I can be guilty of spending more on recipe ingredients than I would on going out to a restaurant. Lately I’ve been trying to see how little I can spend, and I’ve even come back to clipping an old college love, coupons.  Lately, I buy one package of boneless chicken thighs and make two dinners out of them. You can also use chicken breasts, or tofu. I know chicken breasts are more popular, but I prefer the moistness and tenderness of dark meat. Saturday, we braised the chicken in a mixture of... read more

more foodie fun

Earlier this week, I mentioned writer and food guru Cynthia Lair, whose article on healing foods appears in our March–April 2010 issue. But I neglected to mention her breezy, fun, and informative blog, Cookus Interruptus (How to Cook Local Organic Whole Foods Despite Life’s Interruptions)—in which she shares helpful and entertaining tips and recipes. I enjoyed this recent post, where she took a local McDonald’s billboard as a challenge (Three Breakfast Mini-Meals for under $3) and bettered it in three yummy ways. Who knew learning about food... read more

what to do when you're out of syrup

I made French toast this morning, realizing only after doing so that there was maybe a teaspoon of maple syrup in the house. No worries. Google saved the day, providing a plethora of recipes for a wide variety of syrups. Here’s what I ended up going with, a mashup of several recipes, based on the ingredients we had on hand: All-Out-of-Syrup Syrup 3/4 c. brown sugar 1 T. butter 1/2 c. water 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 T. flour Stir brown sugar, butter, and water in saucepan over medium heat. Add vanilla.... read more

What I did with my asparagus craving

Pappardelle with Peas, Asparagus, and Proscuitto 2 packages Trader Joe’s Pappardelle (or any noodley pasta, about 12 oz.) 3 ounces proscuitto, chopped a healthy bunch of asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces 1-2 chopped zucchini 2 cups peas (I used frozen petit pois from Trader Joes, go ahead and shoot me) 1 large onion (this one happened to be from the farmer’s market), sliced thinly into rings 2 garlic cloves, pressed 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving 1/3 cup... read more

Frittata with Polenta, now with a REAL RECIPE

Frilenta/Polatta Ingredients: 4 eggs splash of milk-like liquid of your choice ¼ cup polenta 1 cup broth (veggie or chicken) 1 smallish onion, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, chopped ½ to 1 cup chopped broccoli (or asparagus, or fresh spinach) grated cheese of your choice, to taste Add ½ of the chicken broth to a medium saute pan, and heat to a near boil. Add onions and garlic. Saute/soften. Add polenta and the rest of the broth, bring to a low boil, and stir. Then lower flame to simmer. Crack the 4 eggs into... read more

Brunch Munch: Frittata with Polenta, Undercover

I took a lovely long walk this morning in my dirt road desert neighborhood. It poured down rain for hours last night, and I wondered if maybe I’d be slogging along in mud up to my ankles. But no–someone designed these roads correctly. All of the wild grasses and flowers and chamisa bushes stood stunned in the aftermath of the water onslaught, while puddles caught the sun. But the roads were solid. To make a long story short, I worked up an appetite. “I hope you’re even a little bit hungry,” I told Laura as I started pulling things out of the fridge, mad... read more

Summer Fruit Ambrosia with Vanilla Nut Cream

A simple, yet delightful, summer dessert that's wholesome too. — from Cynthia Lair of Cookus Interruptus Click on the video above to check out this fantastic summer recipe. Get the full recipe card for this dessert at the Cookus Interruptus website.   read more

Svelte Giveaway and Recipe

Yesterday, I ran into Francie Healey, who wrote our Sept/Oct Peggy’s Kitchen, when I was picking my son up from kindergarten. Her article has a collection of truly delicious meals for pregnancy, including Salmon-Sweet Potato Cakes. It was so good when we recipe-tested the dishes in the office that I realized later that I had Salmon-Sweet Potato Cakes on the brain. Laura doesn’t care for fish, but I went ahead and made it anyway, because she had a big, creamy, deliciously oozy Croque Madame for breakfast. Right? Pregnancy and way-post-partum (like try 6 years... read more

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