Category Archives: lunch

Tomato Corn Chowder: a Comforting Riot of Color in a Bowl

Tomato Corn Chowder: a Comforting Riot of Color in a Bowl

ShareTweet The mountain of snow outside keeps on growing. At some point, it will be higher than the swingset. The snow keeps on falling, right along with the temperature. I’m cold, chilled all the way to the ends of my elbows. I went for a long run at the gym this morning and got soContinue 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

Totally Craveable Sandwiches: Roasted Chicken Spicy Chipotle Wrap

Totally Craveable Sandwiches: Roasted Chicken Spicy Chipotle Wrap

ShareTweet This week, I’m all about taking care of you with daily, feast-like, easy lunches. Yesterday was all about frittatas, today…. craveable sandwiches that you can whip up in five minutes. I was recently sent samples of Hidden Valley’s new line of sandwich spreads and dips and have been playing around with creating sandwiches. ByContinue Reading

Golden Tomato and Pancetta Individual Frittata: The Solution for Forgotten Lunches

Golden Tomato and Pancetta Individual Frittata: The Solution for Forgotten Lunches

ShareTweet By the time I’ve packed lunches for the kids and fed Sophie, I often forget to feed myself. Lunch seems like a luxury but skipping it is a costly mistake. By the time I pick up the kids, I’m a grumpy monster, ready to power binge on Nutella Sponge Rolls dusted with powdered sugarContinue Reading

Back to School Sobs and Chicken Croquettes

Back to School Sobs and Chicken Croquettes

ShareTweet Most people would describe me as a pretty relaxed mom, many would even say overly relaxed, but today on the first day of school, I was the hot sobbing mess clinging to my first grader on the first day of school. That mom: the one who made her already nervous daughter cry. “Why areContinue Reading

Sexy Banter and Fresh Market Finds

Sexy Banter and Fresh Market Finds

ShareTweet When traveling with children, especially little ones like Baby Sophie, renting a house is so much easier (and cheaper) than staying in a hotel. We spent the first part of our summer vacation in a rented villa in Nice. Because we began planning in late April, we must have looked at over a hundredContinue Reading

Jazzed Up Quesadillas and More With Avocado Love

Jazzed Up Quesadillas and More With Avocado Love

ShareTweet How do you feel about avocados? Love them or hate them? Lately, I’ve been buying them by the bag to pump up the fun in simple weekday dishes. I have a post up at the Avocados from Mexico blog filled with ideas and inspiration. Who knows? I may be putting avocados in the mostContinue Reading

The Perfect Lobster Roll

The Perfect Lobster Roll

ShareTweet How do you like your lobster rolls? The concept of the perfect lobster roll is a hotly debated topic. Lobster salad or plain lobster? Hot or cold? Should the lobster be served on lettuce? Should it be tossed with celery? When you’re not walking the streets of Maine, having a lobster roll is aContinue Reading

The Perfect Goat Cheese Medalion Salad

The Perfect Goat Cheese Medalion Salad

ShareTweet Simple dishes are the hardest to get right. You need great ingredients and you need them prepared the right way to have them truly sing. When making a salad, the pressure is even greater. It’s easy to mask average greens behind caramelized pecans and sweet summer strawberries, and the end result is pretty tasty,Continue 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

Sweet Potato and Sausage Stew: End World Hunger One Sweet Potato at a Time

Sweet Potato and Sausage Stew: End World Hunger One Sweet Potato at a Time

ShareTweet Today, food bloggers all over the web will be showcasing sweet potato recipes. In partnership with One, led by Jane and Alice, we want to bring attention to world hunger by sharing warm and filling sweet potato recipes. Sweet potatoes are very nutritious and easy to grow in many climates: a great mascot toContinue Reading

Quick and Dirty Croque Madame

Quick and Dirty Croque Madame

ShareTweet Chances are that you’ve had a Croque Monsieur, the French take on grilled cheese sandwiches: bread, ham and cheese bonded with a generous dose of creamy bechamel sauce. But have you had Croque Monsieur’s better half, the Croque Madame? A Croque Madame is essentially a grilled ham and cheese with an egg on top.Continue Reading

Cider Balsamic Braised Pulled Pork Sliders

Cider Balsamic Braised Pulled Pork Sliders

ShareTweet Don’t these frozen days make crockpot cooking so appealing? Walking into a warm home filled with the aroma of a dinner that’s been cooking itself is a welcome break from the ice and frost. What are your favorite crockpot recipes? Pork slowly braised in cider and balsamic is one of my favorite dishes toContinue Reading

Six Easy Tactics for Better School Lunches

Six Easy Tactics for Better School Lunches

ShareTweet I like to think of myself as a fun-loving heathen, as someone happiest with a car full of kids setting off on a day of unstructured adventures. But yesterday, I danced in the street all the way home when I kissed my three oldest kids goodbye and sent them off for their first fullContinue Reading

>Jazzing Up School Lunches with Orzo

ShareTweet >How much do you experiment with your kids’ school lunches? We’re pretty adventurous at the dinner table in our house, pushing the envelope with honey duck and Cornish game hens, but if you took a peek in my kids’ lunchboxes, day after day, you’d get pretty bored.

>A Very Grown Up Lunch to Celebrate Routine

ShareTweet > My big kids have been back in school for a month now. We’ve all settled in to a routine of chaotic but merry breakfasts followed by a leisurely walk to school and then… peace. I walk back into an empty house filled with only random orphaned socks abandoned in dusty corners. I usuallyContinue Reading

>Kick Your Grilled Cheese Up a Notch by Stinking It Up

ShareTweet > I love a good grilled cheese. At a diner, there’s nothing like biting into the brown and slightly greasy crust before reaching the nirvana of melted American or cheddar cheese. Add a little bacon and a fresh tomato, and the experience is out of this world. But at home, I like to kickContinue Reading