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

Double Birthday = Double Dinner

I'm not a fan of kid dinners--where moms are short order chefs, delivering adult food for mature palettes and kid food for everyone else. Our kids eat so-called adult food from the get go--spicy, savory, veggie, you name it. But, rules are made to be broken, especially on my kids' annual double birthday. This year … Continue reading Double Birthday = Double Dinner

Sweet Roasted Beets

Our garden is full of beets and greens, and that's about it now that the weather's gone south. I think we'll manage just fine with the two. ROASTED BEETS AND GREENS 3-4 large beets, peeled and sliced 4 handfuls greens (kale, chard, spinach) 3 freshly minced garlic cloves 1/4 cup raw walnuts sea salt and … Continue reading Sweet Roasted Beets

9 days of eating hearty & well

During the nine days of mourning, there's hardly a home around here that's not in a tizzy over what to cook for dinner all week. Whether you cook meat every night or not, the idea of having to eat only dairy or parve every day intimidates people. But as someone who hardly ever eats meat, … Continue reading 9 days of eating hearty & well

Dinner Guest Post from Granola Girl

My 9-year-old just submitted her favorite dinner recipe to the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ State Dinner with the hopes of winning an invitation to The White House. Not likely, but if it were up to me, she'd win. Here's her post: My name is Adina. I'm in fourth grade. My family eats really healthy. … Continue reading Dinner Guest Post from Granola Girl

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Meals are sometimes rough when you're the kid of a food blogger. Your mom ALWAYS seems to be in the kitchen. You learn to be entertained by sitting on the counter and "helping," but every time you get busy pouring and stirring, your mom pauses to take a photo. And when you're finally ready to … Continue reading Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

3-Day Yom Tov Plan

There's a lot to do to get ready for Rosh Hashana. Fall clothes to purchase, food to buy, menus to plan and--oh, yeah--teshuva to do. After all that, there's little time to plan more, but I'd like to humbly suggest one more plan to make all these days of cooking and eating leave us fulfilled … Continue reading 3-Day Yom Tov Plan

Make a sandwich and call it dinner

If it was hard to find time to cook in the summer because I was too busy playing, it's even harder now that I'm too busy shlepping. Between carpools, extracurriculars, coaching running club and work, there's little time for dinner. And yet, my kids are hungrier than ever after school.One of my favorite go-to dinners … Continue reading Make a sandwich and call it dinner

When Life Hands You Lemons…

Last Shabbos, we counted 20 things that broke in our home this year, totaling some $20,000 in repairs. Ouch. The latest mishap was when we installed a flood control device in our front yard only to find out that the entire pipe under our home needs replaced. The next day, when the oven broke (for … Continue reading When Life Hands You Lemons…

Grilled Cedar Salmon Burgers

With this glorious weather in Chicago this summer (we deserve it!) there's no sense in spending time in the kitchen. With the grill, I can cook Thursday night dinner and Shabbos dinner without ever entering the kitchen. And as for Shabbos lunch? Salmon burgers with miso dressing. You could grill these directly on the grates, … Continue reading Grilled Cedar Salmon Burgers