Yogurt bar & pancakes on Shavuos

As far as I'm concerned, for all that the upcoming holiday, Shavuos, lacks in detailed laws, it makes up for it in delicious foods. I'll take a buttery, broiled filet of fish over a roast any day. Our main course on Shavuos always features fish, coupled with a salad of greens, topped with feta cheese. … Continue reading Yogurt bar & pancakes on Shavuos

Cinco de Mayo pudding

Before I even heard of Mark Bittman, I was making this NY Times recipe for Mexican chocolate pudding. And while I spent most of today thinking about Yom HaShoah, Cinco de Mayo tends to better lend itself to a recipe post. Besides, I could use a chocolate pick-me-up. MEXICAN TOFU PUDDING (from a NY Times … Continue reading Cinco de Mayo pudding

Channeling the inner caveman

The Paleo diet--a nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans--is all over the place lately. The idea is based on the premise that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, around 15,000¬†years ago, and that modern humans are still adapted to the diet of the Paleolithic period. Since I'm … Continue reading Channeling the inner caveman

Rethinking vegetables

My kids eat brussel sprouts and pretty much any other vegetable. Part of this fact, I realize is just plain good fortune. Plenty of moms try every trick in the book, and their kids won't touch a lot of vegetables. Besides luck, I have a few tricks of my own, and I do think that … Continue reading Rethinking vegetables

Bumper crop of sunchokes

Remember Jack and the Beanstalk? We had sunchoke plants so tall this year that more than one passerby wondered when the Giant was coming. I'm not sure what is the best part of growing sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem artichokes): the nutty-potato taste that melts in my mouth, the yellow flowers at the top of … Continue reading Bumper crop of sunchokes

Chocolate frozen berries

See this chard? We watered it this morning. It's too darn hot. But if outside isn't hot enough, imagine sitting on a school bus today. I can count on my kids coming in drenched and crabby today. Good thing kids tend to be more resilient. And good thing this frozen treat took 2 minutes to … Continue reading Chocolate frozen berries

What I learned from gardening

I was 20 when I tasted my first garden tomato. That's right, 20. I was visiting a friend in Indiana, and she sent me home with two pints of fresh-off-the-vine cherry tomatoes. Three hours later, I had no more tomatoes and a stomachache to prove it. But, at least I'd been bitten by the gardening … Continue reading What I learned from gardening

Cherry mocha smoothie

They say that chocolate milk is the perfect running recovery drink. I say add a little cherries, coffee and ice and then it's perfect. CHERRY MOCHA SMOOTHIE 1/2 cup of crushed ice 1/2 cup frozen cherries (you could use fresh, if you want to sit there and pit them!) 1 packet of Starbucks Via or … Continue reading Cherry mocha smoothie

Cheesy steak fries

Maybe it was the sun during my run or maybe it was the 8 mile bike ride with Granola Baby in the trailer--but when I came home famished 10 minutes before the big kids' bus came along, we ended up with the most random dinner. Homemade waffles, black bean soup and cheesy steak fries. Told … Continue reading Cheesy steak fries

Easy, delicious tofu

There's a perfect way to make just about any food, and I've read whole articles about omelets to prove it. I'm not that kind of cook. And I don't even aspire to be. Working moms of 4 can't also be gourmet chefs. Besides, I've got a lot of running, biking and playing that I would … Continue reading Easy, delicious tofu