MANY MORNINGS BEGIN with one question: Mommy do we have muffins? Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t, and there are plenty of alternatives but our girls love to start the day with a baked good. And when I can slide a few good-for-them ingredients in there too, I’m all for it.
DON’T ADJUST YOUR COMPUTER SETTINGS. This pasta is indeed a bit green. That’s because it’s got built-in veggies (spinach and zucchini) and the even more exciting news is this: our kids love it. [Read more...]
THREATENED PROMISED, baked risotto has made its way into our weekly repertoire and here’s why: the kids love it! Plus, a baked version of this traditional Italian dish is easy to make before they even get home from nursery school. Sitting on the stove, it’s ready to be warmed again at dinner time. No muss, no fuss and more importantly no afternoon whining… Ta-da!
IS IT ME OR ARE CORN DOGS having a moment? I’ve seen tons of ideas all over Pinterest, including this gorgeous batch of fried mini dogs from Food Glorious Food, and decided to give it a whirl. The results were mixed: one-year-old Estelle liked them, nearly three-year-old Phoebe wasn’t thrilled. And so it goes… [Read more...]
WHEN I SAW PHOEBE CLOSE HER EYES and suck up each noodle, one by one, I knew we had a hit. Even better, she actually ate ALL of the vegetables in this dish, including sworn enemies such as zucchini and carrots. So, yes, we’ll be making this again.
THIS DINNER WAS DONE IN 15 MINUTES. As if that wasn’t enough of a mini miracle for this mom, it was also eaten. Happily. Heartily. And so another spin-off series begins… Get ready kids. There’s more pasta on the way! And more, and more…
THIS WAS A SURPRISE TO ME. Toddlers love eggs. Scrambled eggs. Green eggs and ham. Even baked eggs. With a crispy crust and tons of tasty fillings, this baked egg dish is a lot like quiche. Served hot or room temperature, it’s also as easy to eat like a pizza as it is with a knife and fork. And that’s just the beginning.
IT WAS A BAREFOOT CONTESSA KIND OF WEEKEND in our kitchen. We made muffins, lots of muffins, based on a recipe from “Back to Basics”. As always, we made healthier changes. As always, they were delicious. [Read more...]
BARBARA KINGSOLVER, in the gorgeous memoir, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle“, says her family eats pizza every Friday. Homemade pizza (her husband whips up the dough), and while toppings always vary, never having to think about “What’s for dinner?” just simplifies their week. I think it’s brilliant.
SPIN-OFFS ARE A VERY BIG PART OF MY master plan (rubs palms together yet controls the urge to laugh maniacally. Probably because that would be weird. Anyway...). Estelle LOVES rice these days so without driving everyone crazy, I’m going to try as many variations as I can, as often as I can. Also, Phoebe thinks its “little pasta” so she likes it, too. Questionable parenting tactics aside, I see no need to clarify. On with the rice!
A FRIEND OF MINE relayed a familiar scene with her four-year-old on Facebook.
Lucy: “I don’t like these meatballs.” Me, noticing that they are still in big pieces: “Hmm, do you want me to cut them up a little more?” Lucy: “That won’t make them yummy.”
So goes the battle that in our house, we like to call dinner. [Read more...]
Today I’m honored to present a guest post from an extraordinary baker, Hani of Haniela’s Food & Photography. Snack time has never looked so good!
Hello, my name is Hani, I’m an editor of Haniela’s and today I’m visiting Foodlets and will be sharing a really delicious recipe with you. Peanut Butter Dip with Fresh apples, perfect to take to the parties or simply enjoy with your kids either home or why not take it to the picnic too? [Read more...]
I WAS ON MY OWN for dinner the other night with the kids, so I knew it had to be good. Wary of my two-highchairs-to-one-adult ratio, this wasn’t the time to experiment with exotic flavors. In times like these (or when I’m so tired that I might tip over, not unlike a giant Weeble Wobble in terms of shape and physical prowess), I pull out a trusted favorite: burgers. Or in this case, a spin-off of a dinner that almost always gets eaten. [Read more...]
IT’S EASY TO BE JEALOUS OF GIADA. After growing up in a famous family, Giada De Laurentiis is now an acclaimed cookbook author, Today show contributor and Food Network star. She’s also gorgeous, happily married and mother to an adorable mini-me named Jade. And let’s not forget the biggest kicker of all: she’s a wonderful cook. But that’s where the rest of us reap a few rewards (finally, the blessings are passed around!) At least my family did when I made this amazing bacon-wrapped pork for dinner. [Read more...]
I RECENTLY MADE A HAPPY DISCOVERY. Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals has been on one of our 900 Italian cable channels for quite some time but always dubbed, in Italian. I’d sort of given up on the plucky chef’s show until I checked again on a lark the other night. And cheerio! It was in English (I know, I know. I could watch it in Italian and maybe learn more but after working all day and chasing the little guys by night, the last thing this preggie wants to do at 8pm is study a foreign language. Sad but true.) I’ve seen exactly 1 1/2 episodes now and made my first recipe. These potatoes are so good–and refreshingly I’m not the only one who thought so–that I’ll be back to channel 609 again. Even if it’s in Italian. Well, depending on how the day goes… [Read more...]
HERE’S A NEWS FLASH recently reported by USA Today: kids are eating too much sugar. Your kids, my kids and there are pretty serious consequences. (And let’s not even talk about my own sweet tooth. Except we should, more on that in a minute.) This isn’t a discussion about blame, though. I have two little ones myself and we all know it’s an uphill battle from the start. These little rascals actually DO come out of the womb craving sugar and fat. Of course, it’s all thanks to our ancestors who actually needed enough reserves to get by during lean times. The problem is that processed food — yes, I’m talking about you, Goldfish crackers, Coke and every flavor of the Skittles rainbow — isn’t what Mother Nature had in mind. And she retaliates with a vengeance these days, as noted in the article. [Read more...]
WE’VE JUST RETURNED FROM A THREE-WEEK TRIP to the US where we plan to relocate at the end of 2012. North Carolina looks like our future destination but first all things related to jobs, houses, schools and the other million details that make a life must align. (Wish us luck!) In the meantime, I’ve stocked up on magazines printed in sweet, sweet English and have already started experimenting with a few recipes that I’ve been eying since we boarded the plane. And Miss Oprah, I’ve loved you forever and this meatball recipe from your first-ever “Food” issue is just one more reason why. [Read more...]