• 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

California by Edan Lepucki: Dystopian Fiction for Adults

California by Edan Lepucki: Dystopian Fiction for Adults

Dystopian fiction is so addictive that it colors my view of the world. After too much binge reading, all government entities begin to look threatening, from the overly jovial crossing guard at school to the angry tea party candidates on TV. But when I binge on too much young adult dystopian fiction, the world becomesContinue Reading

Brown Butter Vanilla Coconut Pound Cake

Brown Butter Vanilla Coconut Pound Cake

We’ve been back from Hawaii for a week. Eight days and nine long nights of endless jet lag bed hopping. Hawaii is paradise, but the jet lag is hell. It took back to school boot camp to rehabilitate the kids, and not a minute too soon. After spending Saturday night laying at the foot of theContinue Reading

How to Take the Stress Out of Making Videos

How to Take the Stress Out of Making Videos

Creating videos used to be an activity I hated. Whether I wanted a video for my blog, to enter cooking contests like the Ben’s Beginners’ Cooking Contest, or to help my kids with school projects didn’t make a difference. Making videos was daunting and stressful, until I learned one simple rule: You don’t need toContinue Reading

Door to Door Organics Back to School Giveaway #SnackAttactics

This year, I’m almost as much in denial about the rapid approach of back to school as my children. June crawled along, July blinked by, and now August seems to be on fast forward, the kind with the four arrows. We’re ducking all school supply purchases, and instead focusing on groceries and starting the year withContinue Reading

Milk Chocolate Lava Cakes and Dreams of Hawaii

Milk Chocolate Lava Cakes and Dreams of Hawaii

We’re headed to Hawaii for our big family vacation in August and I have lava on the brain. My night stand is piled high with Hawaiian travel guides and while my kids are excited to surf, seeing the volcanos in Volcano National Park is at the top of my list. As I plan and dream,Continue Reading

Tennis Tough Love

Tennis Tough Love

I like to think of myself as a pretty tough mom. I beat my kids at Candyland, telling them they need to learn how to lose graciously. I’m militant about having them say thank you. And when they get in trouble? I sentence them to trash duty, which includes cleaning the garbage cans. Fist bump.Continue Reading

Hormones in Beef Production: a Candid Video from the Beef Belt

Hormones in Beef Production: a Candid Video from the Beef Belt

A few months ago, I traveled to Texas as a guest of the Beef Checkoff to learn more about beef production in America. During the trip, we had a very candid conversation about hormone implants and antibiotic use with Dr. Paul Defoor, COO of Cactus Industries, a company that manages large cattle feed yards inContinue Reading

Summer Growth for Moms Too

Summer Growth for Moms Too

Three years ago, drowning with the loss of my routine to my children’s summer needs, I made myself a promise: Next summer, my kids won’t be the only ones to go to camp. I’ll carve out some summer time for myself to grow. Learning and growing gave me the room I needed to breathe, between camp carContinue Reading

A Guide to Eataly Chicago: How to Make It Your Happy Place

A Guide to Eataly Chicago: How to Make It Your Happy Place

Since it opened in December, Eataly Chicago has inspired powerful reactions. There are lovers and there are haters, but when confronted with a massive food hall offering all things Italian, it’s impossible to remain impassive. I’m firmly in the lover camp, and have been since we first discovered it on a snowy December night, and weContinue Reading

a Few Recipes to Celebrate Bastille Day

a Few Recipes to Celebrate Bastille Day

When I was a little girl, the Bastille Day fireworks were so close to my birthday that I always thought they were in my honor. Three years ago, we were in Paris on Bastille Day, feet dangling over the Seine near the Ile de la Cite, fireworks exploding high above our heads. Tonight Paris willContinue Reading

Cherry Clafoutis: a Summer Treat for Breakfast or Dessert

Cherry Clafoutis: a Summer Treat for Breakfast or Dessert

I don’t think I fully appreciated cherries until I moved to Chicago. Cherries always looked more fun than they tasted until I moved here. Now I count the days until Michigan starts delivering its cherries to our farmer’s market: sour, rainier and deep crimson. Each type of cherry has its charms and each demands attention. It’sContinue Reading

The Joys of the Open Road with Kids in Tow

The Joys of the Open Road with Kids in Tow

After college graduation, I drove cross-country and back again with my ex-boyfriend. The trip was planned before our relationship ended, and the lure of our planned adventure was stronger than any lingering bad feelings. We had 26 days to get to California and back in time to start work and our adult lives. Not toContinue Reading

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

Vegetable side dishes are rarely the star of the show, but my carrot souffle is the exception. This sweet and fluffy casserole is like eating dessert with dinner. If I didn’t make it for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Passover, there might be a riot involving both kids and adults at the table. Like all great recipes,Continue Reading

Cattle from Farm to Table: a Texas Cattle Experience

Cattle from Farm to Table: a Texas Cattle Experience

Last week, I headed to Texas as a guest of the Beef Checkoff to learn about cattle ranching. I went to witness where our food comes from, to learn about how agriculture is changing, and to banish the fear in my purchasing decisions. Fear and guilt should have no place at the table at mealContinue Reading

Summertime Lunches: La Brea Bakery #BreakingBread Tour

Summertime Lunches: La Brea Bakery #BreakingBread Tour

When the school year begins, school lunches are always a hot topic. Healthy school lunches. Fun school lunches. Easy school lunches. From bento boxes to regular paper bags, at back to school time everyone is looking for new ideas. But in many ways, the school lunch is infinitely easier than the summer lunch. On summerContinue Reading

Red Pepper Hummus: Easy Spontaneous Summer Appetizer

Red Pepper Hummus: Easy Spontaneous Summer Appetizer

The end of the school year is always a hectic time for us, filled with baseball playoffs, end of year parties, and summer sports kickoffs. After a busy week, there’s nothing I like better than collapsing on a patio chair with a thrown together appetizer and a glass of sparkling prosecco. This red pepper hummus comesContinue Reading

Ready Player One – a Sci Fi Novel Everyone Should Read

Ready Player One – a Sci Fi Novel Everyone Should Read

Sci-Fi is a niche genre, one that you either love or hate. Some titles, like Harry Potter and (arguably) Twilight, transcend the genre and become must reads for the masses. I usually limit my sci fi book raves to those I know love the genre. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is so engrossing and creative thatContinue Reading