Choose your own dinner adventure

They say rice and beans is a poor man's meal, but 24 hours later, I'm still patting myself on the back for this one. Because as far as I'm concerned, last night's dinner was perfect. 1. It was delicious--everyone ate it. 2. It was cheap--under $5 for the ENTIRE family. 3. It was quick and … Continue reading Choose your own dinner adventure

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Nostalgic Cupcakes

You know I'm not mourning the demise of the Twinkie. Still, who would have thought those snack cakes with an eternal shelf life would one day disappear? So, in honor of the American icon, I'm posting a recipe for chocolate cupcakes that taste pretty darn close to the Hostess version. They're not as unhealthy as … Continue reading Nostalgic Cupcakes

Moist corn bread + corn bread stuffing

Try as I might, I've never managed to make a decent corn bread. It's dry every time. I know what you're thinking. Corn bread is supposed to be dry. Better for dipping in gravy or chili. Sometimes, though, I want to eat the corn bread, just because--without smearing it with butter or chili (and does … Continue reading Moist corn bread + corn bread stuffing

Berry Yummy Cereal Bars…with a spot of tea

Granola Baby is growing up so fast. He likes an afternoon spot of tea these days, begging incessantly for "coco-wawa," which refers to any hot drink--coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Some days I acquiesce to warmed milk with a little chocolate in it, but most days when I prepare my own afternoon coffee, Granola Baby … Continue reading Berry Yummy Cereal Bars…with a spot of tea

Odds & Ends Soup

We've eaten mighty well this summer and fall. Our garden has been a success, yielding loads of greens, peppers, tomatoes and herbs. And we joined a CSA (community supported agriculture), which meant that a local organic farm added to our garden harvest. (Check out their website for next year's shares.) All that goodness makes me … Continue reading Odds & Ends Soup

5 spirit lifters for Marcheshvan

It's hard to complain about much of anything right now, after watching so many walk away from the hurricane with nothing but the clothes on their backs. I've been counting my blessings, big and small, ever since. That said, the Jewish month of Marcheshvan, post holidays when it gets cold and dark, leaves us all … Continue reading 5 spirit lifters for Marcheshvan

Disappearing Pumpkin Cake

On Friday I had a half-full, forlorn can of pumpkin sitting on my counter, begging for a home. Pumpkin cake for Shabbos would be perfect, right? Silly me. My kids decided there was no need to wait for Shabbos to inhale it. And see this knife? Apparently it was a mere suggestion. I admonished my … Continue reading Disappearing Pumpkin Cake