Have it your way Tex Mex dinner

Making homemade tortillas every week has meant that I've gotten pretty good at flipping them in the pan. So last night when I flipped a tortilla with one hand while holding my baby in the other (not that I'd recommend cooking while holding a baby!), my daughter exclaimed, "You're like a real cook!" Got her … Continue reading Have it your way Tex Mex dinner

Biscuits for dinner

If I had to name the two best parts about my childhood family dinners, it would be this: We started with Pillsbury biscuits and ended with a "Please, may I be excused." Asking to be excused was annoying then, but as a mother now, I can say this for certain--kudos to my mom. The fact … Continue reading Biscuits for dinner

Chocolate dippin’ sauce for an after school snack

Teachers who assign a lot of homework should have to spend one evening in my home after school. If you're a mom of school-age children--enough said. But just in case, here's a typical afternoon: 1. Two cranky kids storm through the door at 4:40PM for the first time since leaving the house at 8AM. They've … Continue reading Chocolate dippin’ sauce for an after school snack

Testing dinner on the neighbors’ kids

I have a hypothesis about raising healthy eaters. Expose them to enough healthy meals, chock-full of veggies and whole grains, and they'll grow up to eat healthy--even if they turn down the dishes now. Call me callous, but I don't really mind if on some nights my kids take one bite of dinner and head … Continue reading Testing dinner on the neighbors’ kids

Vegetables for dinner

There are two ways to eat vegetables. The first way is out of a sense of duty. These I'll-eat-it-because-it's-good-for-me dishes include iceberg lettuce salad and veggie platters. There's nothing wrong with these dishes, per say. They're just not going to stand a chance if there's anything else on the table. Then there are vegetable dishes … Continue reading Vegetables for dinner

Fish tacos for 4-year-olds

The first time I heard of dousing noodles in ketchup and calling it lunch was when my oldest went to a "backyard camp" at age three. Now I'll be honest--I don't come from the most sophisticated culture of childhood lunches. My elementary school fed us two triangles of Wonderbread held together with margarine every day. … Continue reading Fish tacos for 4-year-olds

Tu B’Shevat granola bars

I can't think of Tu B'Shevat without thinking of Tone, short for Antonio--an Italian Catholic co-worker from my days at JUF News. On each Jewish holiday, the HR department would deliver a festive goody: honey on Rosh HaShanah, chocolate on Chanukah, Hamentashen on Purim...you get the idea. The first time I saw the cart roll … Continue reading Tu B’Shevat granola bars

Getting crafty

Sometimes I get an inexplicable crafty urge. And it's never at a good time. I've tiled my basement floor during maternity leave and painted a bedroom with my kid running around in diapers (wouldn't want the paint to get on his clothes!). I once ran over to Michael's just before closing time to buy supplies … Continue reading Getting crafty

Food my 4-year-old will eat

A friend asked this week, after I posted my Something from Nothing stew, what's my secret to getting my kids to try new foods. I can't say that I have any brilliant ideas other than to start them while they're young (check out Granola Baby's first eats) and make them try dinner before offering an … Continue reading Food my 4-year-old will eat

Trail mix for Parshas Beshalach

If I ever had a chance to sit down and read the Torah portion on Shabbos, it would be this week's parsha. It's jammed pack--the Jews finally escape Egypt only to be pursued by Pharoah and his great army. The sea splits, the Jews cross, the Egyptians drown and the women go wild singing and … Continue reading Trail mix for Parshas Beshalach