Category Archives: Recipes

Challah, Our New Family Tradition

Challah, Our New Family Tradition
It has been said that when I put my mind to something, I resemble a dog on a bone (figuratively, I hope!). I ponder, I mull, I research, and of course, I turn to social media for advice. About a week before our son was due home from residential treatment, I wanted to come up with some new ways for us to spend time together and to develop traditions in the kitchen. He is a major holiday lover, so I decided that there wouldn't be anything better than a weekly celebration that would bring our family...

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Backyard Bounty: Apricots

Backyard Bounty: Apricots
Every summer, our vacation plans seem to overlap with the ripening of fruit on our apricot tree.  But it looks like we will get lucky this year - and there are several recipes that we would like to try. Our backyard is bursting with crows and squirrels this time of the year - so we have our competition cut out for us.  My daughter is part monkey, and can climb trees like a champ - so she reached what she could from inside the tree, and then used a ladder to grab fruit on the thinner and...

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Love in the Kitchen – For the Horses

Love in the Kitchen – For the Horses
After years of struggling with our daughter's picky eating habits, we seem to have turned a corner.  Not only is she making a concerted effort to enjoy new foods, but she is also asking to cook.  She has been on a roll lately - making Norwegian waffles, pound cake, meringues for Passover, and several varieties of horse treats. Nope, you didn't read that wrong.  She is baking for her beloved - a pony named Chico.  He isn't the only one who loves the treats.  All of the equines in the barn...

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Cooking Playdate – Lemons Galore!

Cooking Playdate – Lemons Galore!
In the 7th grade, Kristin and I became instant friends. Perhaps it was our mutual love of animals (or Duran Duran!).  Despite the inevitable middle school girl drama, we remained friends throughout the years, and then lost touch after she moved to a different high school and we went away to college.  Fast forward many years, and we were reunited by chance - and this time, I plan to hang on. When I posted a message on Facebook about my bursting lemon tree and my interest in a cooking play date,...

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Cooking Play date Inspiration: Pad Thai

Clearly, things have been busy around here.  I just realized that I hadn't written about one of the big highlights from our Thanksgiving trip to visit family in Virginia.  We have never travelled cross-country over the "busiest travel holiday of the year" before, and to be honest, I wasn't not looking forward to the journey.  Most likely, my reluctance was from years of watching fear mongering news stations showing hordes of people stranded in airports,  but perhaps it was just because I like...

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Melt Takes Mac & Cheese to a Whole New Level

Melt Takes Mac & Cheese to a Whole New Level
I love living in Northern California, especially our easy access to wide open spaces, rolling hills, mountains, and beaches.  We can hop in the car, and within 20 minutes, be immersed in the historic agricultural regions of the bay area.  Aside from finding inner peace while visiting these areas, we are also fond of the artisan foods made by local farmers.  It's almost as if we have our own fairyland of food, right in our own back yard. The combination of running a cooking school for children...

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Kitchen Chemistry: Lemon Radish Granita

This year, the International Association of Culinary Professionals had their annual conference in San Francisco - just 40 minutes away from home.  Since What's Cooking with Kids is no longer my "real" job, I couldn't justify the expense to officially attend the conference.  But I quickly realized that I could volunteer as a way of earning my keep.  In addition to visiting with friends, I also got to participate in an amazing field trip to my friend's vineyard, Petrichor, in Sonoma County.  Her...

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Cooking with Kids: Stinging Nettle Pesto

Cooking with Kids: Stinging Nettle Pesto
Recently, members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) were in San Francisco for the annual conference.  Every year, the Kids in the Kitchen section does a workshop with local children to inspire them to cook and eat healthy foods.  I was the co-chair for this section for two years, but ever since I returned to classroom teaching two years ago, I have been admiring their work from a distance.  Fortunately for me, the San Francisco conference was close to home, and...

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Advanced Prep - Working Mother's Life Saver in ...

Advanced Prep –  Working Mother’s Life Saver in the Kitchen
My daughter recently started middle school and has been busy with friends, homework and cross country practice.  Helping me make a meal is pretty low on her list of priorities lately, although she would rather take on that job than put away the piles of clean laundry that litter her bedroom floor.  Maybe that's why I was so surprised when she offered to help me prep veggies for dinner this weekend. Now that I have returned to work full time, my time is more precious than ever.  I only have...

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Capturing the Flavor of Summer - Strawberry Hone...

Capturing the Flavor of Summer – Strawberry Honey Jam
When I sat down to write this post, my first inclination was to apologize for the long delay between posts.  But then I thought again.  I am a high school teacher, and have devoted the summer to my children and improving my lessons for the upcoming year.  Nothing to apologize for. Right after school ended, we went up to Oregon for my sister's wedding. It was beautiful.  The wedding.  AND Oregon.  And best of all, I had a great time on the road trip up there, even though I worried that my...

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