IT’S BEEN OVER 90 DEGREES EVERY DAY in Rome for weeks. This is a normal summer in Italy but that doesn’t mean we’re not melting! Particularly those of us from the Pacific Northwest where it simply doesn’t do this. Ever. My Floridian husband, however, is soaking up the sun, humidity and all the heat for all he’s worth. To this I say, meh. Which brings us to dinner on a hot summer night: antipasto. This one is a no-cook no-brainer. One the kids love. [Read more...]
IT DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER. And in my condition (
insane 36 weeks pregnant with number 3), there’s nothing better. Using leftover pork roast, plus a little cheddar cheese, I diced my way to a simple dinner for four.
CUTE, RIGHT? Didn’t matter. I could whittle these carrots into the shape of Phoebe’s smiling face and it wouldn’t make a difference. She doesn’t like carrots. Or zucchini. And the only thing that coaxed her into eating one of each (as is our family rule at dinner time) was the promise of “cake” afterward. [Read more...]
CALL IT A VARIATION of green eggs and ham. We do scrambled eggs or a fritatta (baked in the oven for the last 10 minutes to get fluffy) often. It’s easy, inexpensive, healthy and the toddler likes it. Sold!
Today’s version included pancetta and spinach (frozen, organic) sauteed in olive oil then whisked eggs, milk, salt and pepper. But sometimes it’s sausage, eggs, peppers…really anything can go in there. And because Estelle loves them so, we added oven roasted potatoes with garlic and rosemary today too.
In terms of keeping things on the better-for-you side, I try to keep the ratio of veggies to eggs about even, use cheese or meat sparingly and almost always add spinach.
It’s also equally versatile when it comes to the time of day. We’ll have a scramble for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Ditto for pancakes.
YOU KNOW HOW TODDLERS BECOME OBSESSED with something and want it over and over? We’ve been in a Green Eggs & Ham bedtime
rut routine for a while now and I’ll tell you what. It’s not awesome. But inspired by Phoebe’s unwavering passion (Is there anything that I like this much?), combined with a little laziness on my part, I whipped up a batch for dinner in real life. Paired with banana chocolate chip pancakes, it was a pretty tasty meal–despite what the picture tells you. [Read more...]
WE GET A PLATE OF CICORIA EVERY TIME Paul and I go to a restaurant. As usual, I’d never heard of this famous Roman specialty before we moved here but now I’m hooked. Sauteed with olive oil, garlic and sometimes red pepper flakes, it’s all at once rich and buttery, bitter and spicy. Plus it’s packed with iron. I’m not sure how to recreate this dish at home though and honestly, spinach is simply easier to come by. So when it comes to home cooking, spinach it is. In fact, I buy organic spinach that comes in frozen cubes for the fastest side dish in my repertoire. [Read more...]
DON’T GET ME WRONG, I STILL LOVE my Barefoot Contessa. But today’s makeover recipe from Paula Deen looked so good — and had so many amazing reviews (766 and counting!?) — on Food Network.com that I couldn’t really resist. They’re both big ladies with even bigger personalities, and all that laughing. Come on, it’s joy in the kitchen which is such a welcome change from the usual fussing in mine (Sorry Estelle, I know you’re only 9 months old but we really need to work on this…) [Read more...]
IT’S AN INDIAN SUMMER IN ITALY. Actually, that’s not official but with afternoon heat still hitting the mid 80s it certainly feels that way in Rome. So we’re still into salads here and they come in two versions. One for adults and one for toddlers (aka, one that will not be spit out.) The culprit? Lettuce. So Phoebe’s version is simply a deconstructed salad. Hers is all toppings and no filler, which is basically a plate full of finger food. A winner on two levels. [Read more...]