Category Archives: Cooking with Kids

Sloppy Joes for 60

Sloppy Joes for 60

ShareTweet Cooking for 60, even when a time tested family recipe for Sloppy Joes, is never easy. Fresh from spring break on Monday, with suitcases still full of dirty clothes, I spent the day cooking dinner for 60. I was nervous. I wasn’t throwing an elaborate party, but I knew the crowd would be fullContinue Reading

Relished Foods: Effortless Dinner Inspiration

Relished Foods: Effortless Dinner Inspiration

ShareTweet Even when you write a food blog, it’s easy to fall into a rut in the kitchen. Steve has been traveling so much, and when I’m flying solo, the temptation to feed the kids tried and true recipes they won’t complain about is intense. Who wants to face a crowd of unappreciative, skeptical facesContinue Reading

Perfect Meringues Bring Generations Together

Perfect Meringues Bring Generations Together

ShareTweet When I was a child, my mother reigned in the kitchen. I was her willing sous chef for the main course, but dessert was my gig. Baking didn’t interest her very much and I was (and still am) a chocoholic. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement. Fast forward to my adulthood and the rolesContinue Reading

Steakhouse at Home: Making Bearnaise Sauce with a 2 Year Old

Steakhouse at Home: Making Bearnaise Sauce with a 2 Year Old

ShareTweet Growing up in my mother’s kitchen, making the sauce was always the final prep step of any meal. A good roast chicken came with a golden pan sauce. And all steaks came a buttery bearnaise. I was a sous chef to my mom for years before I was allowed to assist with La Bearnaise.Continue Reading

Bacon Infused Macaroni and Cheese To Please the Pickiest Eaters

Bacon Infused Macaroni and Cheese To Please the Pickiest Eaters

ShareTweet Macaroni and cheese. What color comes to mind when I say that phrase? For me, it’s a bowl of creamy colored shell noodles bathed in an equally creamy sauce made from artisan cheeses. For my kids? A day-glo orange sauce coating tiny elbow noodles. A few years ago, I decided to show my kidsContinue Reading

Marble Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Marble Cheesecake Brownie Bites

ShareTweet When it comes to dessert, I’m definitely a chocolate kind of girl. Marrying cheesecake with chocolate makes me weak in the knees. Marbled cheesecake brownies are a combo I’m powerless to resist: rich chocolate, creamy cheesecake, and pretty to boot. I hope to host a mother-daughter cookie exchange soon (if such an event isContinue Reading

Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake: A Decadent Memory Brought Back to Life

Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake: A Decadent Memory Brought Back to Life

ShareTweet What was your favorite dessert when you were a kid? We moved every few years so I have a few, but if I had to pick, my favorite would be this hot chocolate pudding cake at a London Notting Hill neighborhood burger joint called Tootsies. They served it in a wooden salad bowl, filledContinue Reading

Coconut Fried Rice

Coconut Fried Rice

ShareTweet Leftover rice is pure gold. Nice and stale after a few days in the fridge, a bowl of leftover rice is the key to throwing together an amazing bowl of fried rice. Having leftover coconut fried rice just takes things up to an even more delicious level. Sweet and salty coconut fried rice isContinue Reading

Weelicious Lunches Stonyfield Review and Giveaway

Weelicious Lunches Stonyfield Review and Giveaway

ShareTweet We’re now a couple of months into the school year. Have you run out of school lunch inspiration yet? If so, I have just the giveaway for you, courtesy of Stonyfield yogurt and Weelicious, aka Catherine McCord. Here’s what you need to do to get your hands on a copy of Weelicious Lunches asContinue Reading

Storing Sweet Corn for Winter

Storing Sweet Corn for Winter

ShareTweet Summer corn is my children’s favorite food. On the cob and off the cob. On the grill and boiled. They’ll take their corn any way they can. In years past, we’ve spent all winter missing the surprise sweetness of that first kernel bursting on the tooth. But this winter, I’ve got some surprises inContinue Reading

Sweet Potato and Raisin Chicken Tagine: a Fall Slow Cooker Recipe

Sweet Potato and Raisin Chicken Tagine: a Fall Slow Cooker Recipe

ShareTweet Are you craving fall? Judging by my Facebook stream and the many references to Starbucks pumpkin lattes, I’m guessing that I’m not the only one excited for the crinkle of golden leaves underfoot. As the Chicago weather continues to zig zag between breezy and hot, I’m taking matters into my own hands and bringingContinue Reading

Post Sleepaway Camp Homecoming Feast

Post Sleepaway Camp Homecoming Feast

ShareTweet On Saturday, we drove five hours to pick Jack up from camp near Grand Rapids, MI. Our house had been freakishly quiet for the week that he was gone, and even Baby Sophie seemed to miss her noisy big brother. I was counting the minutes until his return home. I teared up like aContinue Reading

Bacon Cheddar Popovers: Warm Lunch for a Chilly Summer Day

Bacon Cheddar Popovers: Warm Lunch for a Chilly Summer Day

ShareTweet Popovers are a cold weather treat: the last thing I would expect to make for lunch in July. The steam escapes from their cheesy tops and takes the edge off a chilly day. And when the crisp of their outer shell yields to the warm and tender cheesy inside, all is suddenly fine withContinue Reading

Salade Nicoise: a Picnic Salad to Please the Whole Family

Salade Nicoise: a Picnic Salad to Please the Whole Family

ShareTweet In France, salad comes at the end of the meal. Instead of warming up your palate, it washes everything down, clearing the palate for cheese and dessert. I hated salad with a passion, called it cow food, but was still forced to force down a few token leaves every night before being admitted toContinue Reading

Quiche Lorraine: Bacon, Swiss and Picnic Bliss

Quiche Lorraine: Bacon, Swiss and Picnic Bliss

ShareTweet When you think of summer picnics, does quiche come to mind? You might have relegated quiche to that folder in your mind labeled 80s concepts best forgotten, but I’m hoping that after you read this post, you’ll layer your picnic basket with rich and butter individual quiches for when the summer finally arrives. NotContinue Reading

Chunky Chicken and Vegetable Alphabet Soup to Gear up for Summer Frenzy

Chunky Chicken and Vegetable Alphabet Soup to Gear up for Summer Frenzy

ShareTweet Summer is the time of freedom, of flashlight tag, capture the flag marathons spread over days, and movie nights on weeknights. But it’s also the time when meals can start to slide towards the less healthy: hot dogs by the pool, daily Italian ices, and burgers at swim meets. Having a batch of homemadeContinue Reading

Candied Bacon Sprinkles

Candied Bacon Sprinkles

ShareTweet Candied bacon sprinkles? You’re either raising your eyebrows or licking your lips right now. I personally was in the raised eyebrow camp the first time I was served candied bacon on an ice cream sundae. I love bacon probably more than most people, and love that sweet and salty combinations, but bacon on iceContinue Reading

Dry Roasted Pork Shoulder to Combat Spring Sports Schedule

Dry Roasted Pork Shoulder to Combat Spring Sports Schedule

ShareTweet This big hunk of slow roasted pork shoulder is more powerful than it looks. More than a mound of melt in your mouth tender pork, it’s a dinner solution for little league baseball late nights. Every April, little league baseball takes over our family. My husband coaches my son’s team and their practice andContinue Reading

Soy Glazed Roasted Sweet Potatoes and a New Approach to Feeding Picky Eaters

Soy Glazed Roasted Sweet Potatoes and a New Approach to Feeding Picky Eaters

ShareTweet I love sweet potatoes. I love them baked. I love them mashed with butter and crunchy flakes of salt. I love them in kielbasa stew and in hand pies. I love them forgotten to bathe in the fat of a slowly roasting chicken. But no matter how much you love something, no matter how muchContinue Reading

Mango Shrimp Tacos and Asian Steak Tacos: Taco Night Al Fresco Fiesta!

Mango Shrimp Tacos and Asian Steak Tacos: Taco Night Al Fresco Fiesta!

ShareTweet Taco night has been a longstanding tradition in our household, long before we relocated to Chicago. But the rich Mexican community here and the abundance of delicious taco joints has inspired us to take taco night to a whole new level. Taco night used to mean seasoned ground beef served with a few colorfulContinue Reading

Quick French Weeknight Dinner: Pork Medallions with Mustard Sauce

Quick French Weeknight Dinner: Pork Medallions with Mustard Sauce

ShareTweet When people ask me what type of food I like to cook, saucy French foods is my usual reply, but I worry that this gives the wrong impression. Our weeknight meals usually involve a protein with a sauce, but they’re far from fancy. Whipping up a little sauce to top boring pork chops isContinue Reading