Wishing you Hugs and a Bowl of Soup – Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chickpea Croutons

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chickpea Croutons

I really wanted to have a witty story to share with you. Something funny. But honestly, I’m not feeling witty these days. This holiday season is a bit heavier than usual since it’s the first one without my mom. I spend a lot of time up in my own head…remembering. Not sad, per se, just […]

Why Tacos on Tuesday are a Necessity (Even if it’s Not Tuesday)

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The minute my head snuggles down into my pillow each night, I am out. Practically unconscious. There are times when my hubs is watching SportsCenter on the TV, my kids and the dog are hanging out on my bed, and there I lay sound asleep with my eye shades on and my earplugs in. Most […]

Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos to Kick-off a New Eating Mindset

Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

As if it were yesterday, I can recall the first clue that something wasn’t quite copacetic with my middle guy. At his first Birthday, he cried when we gave him his first piece of Birthday cake. Not the cry that says I don’t want frosting on my face, but one that says I don’t want […]

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, Anyone? Anyone?

My summer office is closed up. I made it through the first full week of kids back in school coupled with their activities. And this past weekend, I was beat. So very, very tired. Before the weekend even started I let my daughter know, “I will only ‘drop you off and pick you up’ one […]

A Few Thoughts on Food Followed by Chicken Sausages with Tomatoes and Shallots

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I suppose the acronym FLOSS can be used to describe my thoughts on food. I suppose I could also be labeled as energetic and sleep-deprived, frazzled and bossy, presbyopic and middle-aged, but why…why must we label everything? I can’t think of a greater need as a human being than to eat. Okay, well, maybe drink. […]

Am I Doing it Right???

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My sixth-grader is hard on himself. When I sit down to help him with his homework, the first thing out of his mouth is, “I don’t know if I did it right.” When I start to read aloud a rough-draft essay of his, he’ll cry out, “Oh, stop reading. It’s total crap.” A few days […]

Ham and White Bean Soup to Stop the Ticker-Tape of My Mind

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Every night I go to bed hoping it won’t happen. I pull close the blackout shades. Cut the Rooster off of SportsCenter. Do some stretching. Some deep breathing. Slap on my eye mask. Occasionally, put in some ear plugs. All hoping it will help. Every dang morning (if you can call it morning), I am […]

Hummus, the Perfect Partner for a Handful of Sweet Beans

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I look out at the square boxes full of bare dirt. Good dirt. Actually compost-boosted-dirt but still…bare dirt. Not a lick of green…um, except for the occasional weed that chooses to land in there. Yes, it’s true, last year those boxes had been overflowing with tomato plants, some lettuce, carrots but this year…nothing. Nada. Rien. […]

Chickpeas, Asparagus and a Splash of Lemon Salad So Good You Might Weep

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Yes, it’s true. “I’m a weeper. I weep.”(To borrow a line from one of my favorite movies, The Holiday, which does indeed make me weep.)Just this morning I started weeping while making the kids’ lunches. One may have thought it was because if I have to make one more school lunch I may start weeping […]

Lighten Up Chili (i.e. Even in the Midst of Teenage Chaos There is Something to be Learned)

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There I was in organizing bliss. Well, actually, scratch that. I was hyperventilating and covered in perspiration as I surveyed the boxes of games and puzzles with missing pieces and cried out in desperation, “Someone get me an Old Fashioned!” even though I don’t drink Old Fashioneds but my Granny always used to ask for […]

The Super Duper Pooper Scooper…Makes White Bean and Kale Soup

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“I feel like a…like a…sh@$ shoveler. I can’t help it and I know I’m like a broken record whining and moaning about this every year at this time. But I do. Every year there’s this grand celebration about gifts and giving but once it’s over and everyone has moved on to the next “big thing” […]

Pasta e Fagioli Soup for a Tired Mind

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It’s only Monday and yet, I woke up exhausted. The kind of exhausted that hits you to the core. I thought, “Gads…I need a weekend to recover from the weekend.” Somehow I managed to drag myself downstairs and throw lunches together for my children. The standard fare…peanut butter and jelly, grapes, a couple of cookies, […]

Oh, Ye, Benevolent Butternut Squash Minestrone

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With Herculean effort, I was dragging the bag, filled with the remnants of my vegetable garden, up the never-ending flight of stairs and muttering to myself about what a hair-brained idea of mine it had been to put the garden back there. What kept me going; however, was knowing that my dear, sweet children were […]

Pork Loin and Cannellini Beans

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We had just closed the chapter on the 2009 fall sports season. Nana and Papa had already headed back up the I-5 corridor after kindly attending yet another sporting event. I had in the car with me, my chickens plus one cousin. They were unusually quiet and with the sun beaming in at just the […]