Ina Garten’s Lentil soup with sausage

WE LOVED IT, PHOEBE DIDN’T. Such is life, especially when you’ve got a toddler. This lentil soup, originally inspired by the Barefoot Contessa, is a favorite for Paul and me but this time I added a couple of special ingredients: lentils that Paul got from the Salone Del Gusto food festival plus fresh turkey sausage…. 

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Carrot and raisin cookies

Carrot cake cookies, Foodlets.com

THESE DIDN’T WORK OUT. Not really anyway and it’s my fault. I made them for a friend who’s just had a new baby plus the playgroup. I know from experience that when you’ve recently given birth, you’re a. tired b. hungry and c. usually packing a few extra lbs, which calls for smart eating. That’s… 

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Anatomy of a failed dinner

NINE. THIS IS THE NUMBER of items I prepared for Phoebe’s dinner tonight. Nine. This includes entrees, side dishes, snacks and even desserts. What it shouldn’t be however, is confused with the number of things that she actually ate–and let’s not even talk about what she finished. I used to be curious about why parents… 

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Banana carrot mini-muffins: a first-time flop

YOUR HELP NEEDED. Please. What originally caught my eye about this recipe, besides the stunning photographs at 101 Cookbooks was this: it’s sugar free. And it involves cream cheese frosting. Sugar free cream cheese frosting. That means three of my favorite things for Phoebe. Something sweet, something new, something without sugar. However, Phoebe hated them…. 

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