Carrie Goes Undercover with Roasted Squash Soup

Roasted Squash Soup

I’m not gonna lie. Squash tends to be “chick food” in our house along with her sisters risotto, quiche, and salads containing nuts, avocados and crumbled Gorgonzola. The green stuff…broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts…I can get the male members of this family to eat but, unless it’s in a pumpkin pie, they turn their noses up […]

Hearty Breakfast Cupcakes

Hearty Breakfast Cupcakes

Here’s the thing about feeding families….it’s filled with good intentions and constant marketing. We all intend to feed our families healthy food. We all intend to cook more at home. We don’t intend to feed them take-out pizza three nights in a row, but sometimes that happens. We’re busy. They’re busy. No one has much […]

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 […]

Keepin’ It Real Menu Planning with Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches and Coleslaw

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

You may have noticed that I haven’t been publishing posts here on La Pomme as regularly as I have in the past. I have to be honest that I have been a wee bit overwhelmed lately.  Overwhelmed by having three kids in three different schools. Overwhelmed by their activity schedules. Overwhelmed by my own writing […]

Tis the Season

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The cherry trees in Portland right now are stunning. I’ve been cutting branches from the trees in my yard (and my neighbor’s…with her consent, of course,) putting them in vases and scattering them around the house. They are so lovely, they definitely help make up for our cold, gray weather.I realize that my posts have […]

Peas and Carrots, Carrots and Peas Spring Soup

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I sit here in the shadows just out of sight like my mother did before me. There but not there. Still needed but not seen. Watching you with your friends. Linking hands with these friends as you jump unabashedly into the water. Holding handstand competitions. Saddling up to these friends on the chair lift. Laughing […]

Lentil and Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup for the Soul

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I remember the moment distinctly. When she noticed. When she asked me about it. Back in the days when I would drive my 5-year-old daughter 30 minutes to attend a 30-minute “ballet” class and then, 30 minutes back home, all with her younger brother in tow. Back when I didn’t make things very easy on […]

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” […]

Baked Minestrone to Evoke Memories Long Since Passed

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I had been forewarned about the hairpin turns but what I hadn’t been prepared for was the splendor of the canyon ablaze in reds and golds. The tiniest of the three of us had somehow managed to wedge herself in the “back” as we headed south in the cherry red sports car. The beauty of […]

AM Northwest is in MY Kitchin’ and We’re Making "Soup on Monday"

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When the kind, sweet people at AM Northwest asked if they could film a cooking segment in my kitchen, my first thought was, “Oh no, now I really am going to have to clean out that pantry.” There’s not much you can’t find in my pantry. I like to keep my kitchen well-stocked with staples. […]

Getting Sentimental with Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

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“Is something the matter? You don’t seem yourself,” my dear friend inquired of me. “I don’t know. I feel a little….sad.” “Melancholy?” “Yeah, maybe that’s what it is…melancholy. I’m not sure why.” Here it was. The end of the school year for my eldest children. A day that I had been so looking forward to. […]

One Last Fling with a Winter Greens Soup…Before Spring

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Not much sleep was to be had on the transatlantic flight. And now, they had us staying in a little school on the outskirts of Lisbon, trying to indoctrinate us into the Portuguese culture for 48 hours, before meeting up with strangers who would be our family for the summer.I have lived my entire life […]

Ginger & Garlic Stir-Fry to Mark a Moment in Time

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I flip open the familiar sheet music, time and time again, pounding out the theme from The Young and The Restless Nadia’s Theme on the piano. Having recently watched Nadia score the first perfect 10 ever in gymnastics at the Montreal Olympics, I am just sure that will be me one day. As I play […]

Slowing It Down with a Simmering Ragù

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We laid out the napkins. The cheese sticks. The apple slices. Just he and I. Me and my littlest one. He contentedly set out a cup at each place and while in motion, said to me, “I like setting up snack.” And, then turning and looking at me directly, adds, “With you.” Later, when it […]

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 […]

Lentil Soup for a Blustery Day

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Despite its self-proclaimed “Day of Rest”, I was exhausted from the weekend. The morning was dark until way past 8am. I was sleepy. I knew that exercising would help clear my mind but I was too tired to exercise. I stared out the window as the torrential rain rammed against the side of our house. […]