• Girl and the Goat Brussels Sprouts

    Asian Brussels Sprouts Girl and the Goat Style

  • homemade red pepper hummus

    Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: an Easy Protein Packed Snack

  • French Apple Tart

    Tarte Aux Pommes

  • tuna tartare

    Homemade Tuna Tartare

  • Chocolate Mouelleux

    Just a Simple Little French Cake: Moelleux au Chocolat

  • strawberry yogurt cake

    Strawberry Yogurt Cake: Great for Breakfast or Afterschool Snacks

  • Chocolate Pudding

    Milk Chocolate Pudding

Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

Is there anything better than tomato soup to beat back the November chill? I don’t think so. Especially when the tomatoes that go into the soup have been oven roasted. Fire roasted tomato soup is a celebration of color and flavor. One I can’t get enough of. I used to buy canned fire roasted tomatoesContinue Reading

Chicken and Dumplings: an American Classic with a French Base

Chicken and Dumplings: an American Classic with a French Base

I don’t remember the first time I went to cracker barrel, but I remember the first time I introduced my kids to the comfort food highway chain. With its quaint rocking chairs and wooden peg solitaire game, a meal at Cracker Barrel takes the pain out of long road trips. Instantly. My kids love toContinue Reading

Mexican Corn off the Cob and Hanging on to Some of Summer

Mexican Corn off the Cob and Hanging on to Some of Summer

Although the backpacks are lined up at the door, we’re still celebrating summer bounty at dinner time, bringing as much color and flavor as we can to family dinner. Sweet summer corn is at its peak right now in the Midwest. I buy a dozen ears at the farmer’s market for less than $5. TheContinue Reading

We All Need to Read the Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

We All Need to Read the Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Over the last couple of weeks, I took a deep dive in the YA pool, reading two YA novels that have been all over the news lately: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and the Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Both made for great conversation with my big kids, but only the Hate UContinue Reading

History of Wolves – a Book Review

History of Wolves – a Book Review

I was consumed by History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund’s first novel. It’s a coming of age novel, set in the woods and lakes of northern Minnesota, whose pages are filled with a growing ominous tone. The story is told from Linda’s point of view, a lonely teenager living with her parents, the last two membersContinue Reading

French Style Butternut Squash Soup with a Touch of Curry

French Style Butternut Squash Soup with a Touch of Curry

Squash soups are the perfect vegetable soup – filled with fiber and a touch of sweetness, the bowl just disappears. Pumpkins and squashes are now very available in France at the winter markets, and these american ingredients are becoming very popular there. This French style butternut squash soup with a touch of curry, enriched withContinue Reading

Pot Roast with Porcini Broth for Instapot or Crockpot

Pot Roast with Porcini Broth for Instapot or Crockpot

The weather in Chicago has been so mild lately that it almost makes me miss winter, just to be able to cook some of my favorite comfort foods, like pot roast. Beef pot roast tastes best when the weather outside is mean enough to force your breath out in tiny puffs of white. That’s when myContinue Reading

2017 – COURAGE

2017 – COURAGE

It seems fitting to post my word of the year today, on this dark day, on inauguration day. My 2017 word of the year is COURAGE. I knew this would be my word before the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. There was no soul searching needed. 2017 has to be the year toContinue Reading

Homeless: a Holiday Action Gift List

Homeless: a Holiday Action Gift List

The holiday season is hard for me. So much time devoted to material things, gift lists, online shopping, it gets me down. Don’t get me wrong: I love seeing the joy on the kids’ faces on Christmas morning, but I just wish I didn’t have to devote as much time to making it happen. NextContinue Reading

a Brownie Recipe to Bridge the Gap

a Brownie Recipe to Bridge the Gap

When too much time goes between blog posts, I feel it, as if my voice is the sad curl of gray smoke after a candle is snuffed out. I miss the certainty of hitting publish, of capturing a nice meal or committing a family moment to a special place in memory with a few carefully chosen words. I’ve beenContinue Reading

Roasted Chicken with Dried Fig Mustard Pan Sauce

Roasted Chicken with Dried Fig Mustard Pan Sauce

Oven roasted chicken is on repeat rotation on our weekly menu. I often start the week out with a pair of chickens roasted in the oven and use the leftovers for other dinners and lunches. Having leftover roasted chicken is the key to all these throw together meals: chicken enchiladas, sun dried tomato chicken pastaContinue Reading

Every Voice Counts: Making Today a Learning Day

Every Voice Counts: Making Today a Learning Day

I cried in front of my children this morning. One by one they came to me with questions about Trump’s victory, and as I answered them, I let my tears flow. This is a hard day, a scary day, but it is also a learning day. “Mom,” said Sophie, “I’m mad that we voted forContinue Reading

Turkey Sheperds Pie

Turkey Sheperds Pie

What comfort foods did you grow up with? On busy uninspired night, my mom would turn to mashed potatoes and ground beef and that combination still makes me just as happy as it did when I was a little girl with bangs in round blue glasses. But for the longest time, my kids were completelyContinue Reading

Fall Favorite: Pot Roast in the Instapot or Slow Cooker

Fall Favorite: Pot Roast in the Instapot or Slow Cooker

As the leaves start falling, slow cooked meats start to sound appealing again. I want flavors that have melded together all day and meat that falls apart in my mouth. Slow cooked pot roast is top on my list, probably because it’s so pretty with its jewel colored carrots, soft chunks of potatoes, and tenderContinue Reading

Last Minute Pulled Pork and my New Insta-Pot Love

Last Minute Pulled Pork and my New Insta-Pot Love

It seemed like the Instapot, or Instant Pot was everywhere overnight. Out of nowhere, about a year ago, my Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram feeds were filled with raving mentions about this new pressure cooker. When it went on sale for $74 on Prime Day, I took the plunge. The Insta-Pot 7 in 1 is currently aboutContinue Reading

Stuffed Shells, New Beginnings, and a Tablefull of Happy Kids

Stuffed Shells, New Beginnings, and a Tablefull of Happy Kids

I’m a big believer in the energy of new beginnings, but these last few weeks, as back to school neared, I was having serious trouble mustering up enthusiasm for dinner. Blah. Blah. Blah. I just couldn’t muster up the energy to make the same old dinners, all over again. So, I did the unthinkable: IContinue Reading

Dude Ranch Vacation Low Down: Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

Dude Ranch Vacation Low Down: Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

Dude ranches are now called guest ranches, but the concept remains the same. Log cabins. Horseback riding. Fishing. Group meals. All in the midst of a mind-blowing beautiful setting. I’m not quite sure what possessed me to throw out the concept of a dude ranch vacation out to my family last fall. I’m even lessContinue Reading

Summer Reading Favorites

Part of what has made this summer so relaxing and enjoyable has been the books on my nightstand. Most are not new releases, but their pages are dog eared, filled with sand from Michigan beaches and splashes of water from the pool, all signs of great reads. Here’s my summer greatest hits so far, shouldContinue Reading