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Comfort Food: Making Beef Stock

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Who doesn’t love beef stew? Especially on the cold gray winter days that make you cold just looking out your window. Those of you who live in warm sunny climates will just have to turn your air conditioners up and pretend. Poor you.
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Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, and Chicken Breasts

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Hello, my name is Chris and I love roasted vegetables. Specifically I love roasted potatoes. I don’t think my family shares my undying potato love, however. Unless saying that you are going to wish for a potato famine is a compliment.

I have a problem with getting stuck on a certain food and making it over and over again until I am sick of it and/or my family stages a revolt. Summer 2007 will always be known as the Summer of Hummus. Just ask Susan, she told me on the phone the other day that she hasn’t eaten hummus since July when we spent a week together and I forced her to eat it every day.

And this is the Winter of the Potato. Amen.
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Sometimes It Is All About the Snack: Easy, Nutritous, Kid-Friendly Snacks

Categories: Cooking, Food, Meal Planning

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Did I say I was going to clean out and organize my cabinets this weekend? Oooooops. I, uh, didn’t feel like it. Probably because I had huge piles of laundry stacked on my counter and I would not have been able to take everything out of the cabinets unless I first folded and put away all the laundry. And, um, I didn’t feel like doing that.

My husband loves to cook. On the weekends when he is home is always fixing fun foods for the kids, and most of the time they are somewhat healthy, because he also hates junk food. Yes, he is like a robot. A robot who cooks, does dishes, and irons. No, you can’t have him. Though I will consider selling him for the right price.  Oh, I am just joking, honey.

When my kids are hungry between meals I am apt to tell them go forage through the cabinets. I think fending for yourself is a good skill to learn. My kids will be able to survive in any frat house.

My husband plans out snacks. And I got to thinking that with a little extra effort on my part I could have something that would be more nutritious to offer during the witching hour when dinner was being made.

This weekend he made deviled eggs, or as the kids like to call them Devil Eggs followed by a cackle.

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I don’t make eggs since I am allergic to them. In fact, I don’t even like to look at eggs.

I always thought that Deviled eggs were difficult to make. I don’t know why I thought this. Maybe I was thrown by the use of a pastry bag to squirt the yolks back into the white part? Maybe because it was a multi-step process? Maybe because I never really got close enough to look at them?

Whatever it was, I have seen the light. These are so easy. The kids helped do them. We didn’t use a pastry bag, obviously, and instead just scooped the filling back in with a spoon.
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Chicken and White Bean Chili

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I have been over run with recipe requests! I have to say that I am not a chef. My method of cooking is generally to throw whatever I find in my house into a pan and cook it all up. I don’t even know all the right terminology so I can’t even passably play a chef on the internet.

But I am more than happy to share some of the recipes I have in my arsenal.

This recipe is a chicken and white bean chili that you can make in your crockpot. It is also really good leftover for lunch, for those of us working at home.


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When You Have No Time:Crockpot Chicken Salsa

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Today was one of those days. You know the kind where you pop out of bed first thing in the morning (or crawl out kicking and screaming) and never stop going.

I had a doctors appointment early this morning, which confirmed that, yes! I do still have a heartbeat. And no! I am not dying any time soon. And that was all good news. The doctor did ask me at one point if I have a lot of stress. I just laughed. I have a husband, children, and I work from home while trying to co-ordinate a whole house renovation that has been going on for three years and shows no signs of ending. Stress isn’t my middle name, it is my salutation.

But this isn’t about me.

I have another recipe to share. It is so easy that I am not sure you could even call it a recipe. It is perfect for days like this when you don’t even have the time to brown things in a pan before your day begins.

This recipe was given to me by our very own Mir. (I hound her mercilessly to find out what she is cooking for dinner and frequently end up making the same thing for my family. Also, she loves it when she tells me some food thing and I type gagging noises, because she doesn’t get enough of that from her kids.)

The recipe.


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Italian Sausage Soup and an Ode to Small Appliances

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I don’t enjoy cooking. At all. I find it to be the most challenging chore I have to do daily. And maybe that is because it is a daily thing, or thrice daily thing as the case may be. Maybe because I am surrounded by little critics who rate my cooking in a way they don’t rate any of the other things that I do around the house. I mean I am not sure the last time anyone came over to me and said, “I hate the way you cleaned the toilet.” or “Great hospital corners on my bed, mom!”

Two things I think every kitchen needs: a crockpot and a bread maker.

Oh I hear you now. Why do I want a breadmaker? It makes the bread in such a weird shape. I can’t make sandwiches out of it. Blah Blah Blah. Yes, I hear you saying that. I am here to tell you that having freshly made bread can take an otherwise ho-hum meal and turn it into a great one. Seriously.

Is there anything better than coming home from a long day and having hot soup in your crockpot and hot bread to eat with it? No, I don’t think so. Once you take the bread maker out and start using it, you will be a convert. You will use it so often that our family will beg you to stop baking bread. No, I am kidding. Who would ever complain about freshly baked bread? No one.

This is one of my new favorite soups.
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Solicited Advice: Serving The Main Course At A Neighborhood Progressive

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Meal Planning

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I’ve been known to bristle at unsolicited advice. I’ve even been known to become downright unpleasant when faced with someone’s well intentioned but unasked for advice. Today though, I am going to ask for advice and I’m going to do so with a grateful and open heart.

Have you ever been to a progressive dinner party? This is a party which moves from house to house hopefully within walking distance of each other, you know, for ease of movement and imbibing purposes. A few houses host different courses of the meal, a house for appetizers, a house for soup and salad, another for dinner and a final house for dessert.
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Five Ways To Simplify Your Thanksgiving Meal

Categories: Cooking, Meal Planning, Organization

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It’s almost Thanksgiving and I meant to do a longer post about making Thanksgiving dinner easier on everyone. But last week was lost to my own spontaneous trip away from my family with a friend for a few days. Bad, bad me. But here are my five best quick tips for making my Thanksgiving easier.
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Quick Lasagna Recipes

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First of all, you guys have awesome tips for preventing Post Trip Insanity. Second of all, check out this post at Excruciating Minutiae where she lays out her very well thought out plan for Avoiding Post Trip Chaos. I’d never even really thought about smoothing out my reentry (other than having the house clean) and wow. Just wow. You guys are good.

Kath asked for a quick and easy lasagna recipe, so I started looking around.
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Did They Eat It? Meatball Edition

Categories: Cooking, Did They Eat It?, Food, Meal Planning

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I made this meal last week and had the foresight to photograph and note the results. I have not cooked since then because we’ve been out of town in a city where you can eat dinner on a street corner if you’d like.

I made this recipe for Oven-Baked Meatballs with Quick Marinara from Family Fun’s Supper Solutions section. I’ve used their dinner recipes before because they’re generally geared toward kids. I also added a secret ingredient to the recipe totally inspired by Deceptively Delicious, making the failed experiment not a complete waste of time.


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