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Kitchen Essentials and RV Livin’

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

In nine days, my family and I will embark on a grand adventure. We are taking the opportunity for a mid-life (we hope) reboot and hitting the road to live, travel, cook, home-school, and all the rest, in a 38-foot used RV we picked up a few months ago. We’ll be gone a full calendar year.  I’ll be able to write and continue to work with clients by phone, though I don’t imagine I’ll be able to do any house-calls from the road (unless you are in the same state...

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Spaetzle cooking fun and new food tips

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Blog Posts |

photo from and recipe for dill spaetzle Last night red cabbage and maple-dijon glazed pork were on my meal plan, but what to cook with it? I’d made potatoes already twice this week, and didn’t want noodles… Spaetzle! I’d had home made only once about 20 years ago, thought it looked complex, heck there are even special gadgets to make them! I looked up the recipe in Joy of Cooking, glanced at a few online resources and thought it looked like fun. This...

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Resolution More Family Dinner Part I: the Kitchen Island

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

If having more meals together as a family is your New Year’s Resolution, one often overlooked piece of the puzzle is the physical space where meals happen. Let’s consider the kitchen island. Other than just being a place to throw keys and homework, the kitchen island in many houses and apartments has replaced the kitchen table. Granite countertops sell homes— humble tables don’t. Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, most Midwestern middle class kitchens I visited...

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logistics 2

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Blog Posts | 6 comments

My post about the difficulties of the logistics of family meals and feeding well got a lot of comments. Particularly as so much of the discussion and scolding parents get around feeding and “obesity” assumes so much:  about finances, access to transportation, a working and large enough fridge, cooking and reading skills. As I wrote, “It’s one thing to say, “eat 5 servings of organic, local fruits and veggies!” and, “get thee to a  farmer’s market!” But, the...

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fun with spices: reading, sensory…

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

One of the best money-saving tips I have found  is to buy herbs in bulk. A bottle of organic bay leaves costs pennies, versus $4-5 dollars from a bottle in the spice aisle. We have a mix of bottles, but had some without labels. I got my label maker out, and M had fun printing the names, and sticking the labels on. This is a great activity for early readers, and was fun and actually helped organize! this is a non-threatening way to work with food for children who are extremely picky or have...

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