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I hate menu planning (sorry) but “the list” is working for me…

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 in Blog Posts | 12 comments

It seems like every website that talks about getting family dinner on the table talks about menu planning, and with good reason. It is hard. For me it is the part I least enjoy of the process of getting food on the table. I have tried to make myself do it in nice organized ways, I have tried print-outs, read books, and it doesn’t work for me. I read a book that even had menu planning based on ethnic cuisine. Mondays is tex-mex, Tuesdays Italian… Here are my main obstacles for the...

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family meals are priority one: what I’m letting slide to get it done…

Posted by on Sep 24, 2010 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

With school and work ramping up these days (a nice problem to have, but I have to admit to being a little overwhelmed as most parents may be these days…) I’ve had to let a few things slide to keep up the really important stuff-like family meals… • combing my daughter’s hair (there, I said it… occasioanally we do a surface-comb, but ponytails hide many sins…) • vacuuming • mowing the lawn (since the kid who was doing it went back to school we are...

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Readers let me know, what are your useless kitchen gadgets? Are “produce bags” one of them?

Posted by on May 24, 2010 in Blog Posts | 9 comments

I’m as much of a sucker as the next gal. I watch the Slap n Chop infomercials and think, “I could make salsa, lots of it! I use onions all the time, this will make it so much easier!” Ditto the Vidalia chop thingy above. I watch the Food Network occasionally and saw Sandra Lee during Money Saving Meals use it all the time. I forget that the thing is always on the counter, and someone else is there to clean it up. By the time I have gotten up on a chair to get *Gadget down, put...

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Sneaky chef or using leftovers?

Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Blog Posts | 14 comments

I love carrots and peas, but not the leftovers so much. I had not meal planned and was scrounging around for dinner. The last two times we ate out were such a pain in the butt that I am on a break for awhile– long waits, mixed up orders, too much money for the value (Bucca di Beppos.) Anyway, so I found a pound of grass-fed ground beef (was $4 a pound, so is a cheaper way to do grass fed…) in the freezer, an onion and tomato sauce. I thawed the beef, chopped and sauteed the onion,...

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things I used to peel but don’t anymore and things I can’t believe people don’t peel

Posted by on May 14, 2010 in Blog Posts |

Things I used to peel but don’t anymore: carrots- Thanks to chef and cook-book author-extraordinaire, Brenda Langton of Spoonriver who looked at me funny when I mentioned , “I taught a cooking class for my diabetic patients, and most had never chopped an onion or peeled a carrot.” “You don’t have to peel carrots, especially if they are organic,” she said. Liberated! I was googling a picture of “carrots” to go with this post, and...

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