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