Category Archives: Recipes

Make Your Own: Cup of Noodles

Make Your Own: Cup of Noodles
When I saw this version of homemade cup of noodles, I knew that I was going to have to give it a try.  I have become obsessed with using glass jars in the house - to store, to freeze, and to reuse all over again.  And the jars for this recipe were too cute to pass up.  Plus, I love how they look when they are packed and ready to grab from the refrigerator. I am trying to use as few unprocessed ingredients as possible, and am not thrilled with these little packages of concentrated vegetable...

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Planning Ahead – and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Planning Ahead – and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Since I am not at work all day, I am spending a good portion of my time trying to be efficient so that I can be more "emotionally available" to my family.  One strategy that seems to be working well is to spend some time early in the week prepping a ton of veggies so that most of the heavy lifting is done prior to the dinner time crunch. This week, I got a lot of knife skills practice (which is GREAT for my Rouxbe cooking class!). I diced a butternut squash, cut kale leaves into ribbons, halved...

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Summer Quinoa Salad – a Simple “Go-To” Dish

Summer Quinoa Salad – a Simple “Go-To” Dish
My first Rouxbe assignment was to make my "go-to" plant-based dish.  I know it sounds odd, but I don't really have a specialty.  I usually do a little-of-this and a little-of-that (although I do make a mean coconut macaroon...)  So, I decided to keep it simple and make a summer quinoa salad.  This dish represents how I like to cook - with fresh ingredients that I already have on hand.  Quinoa, filled with protein, serves as an ideal canvas to combine with cucumbers, bell peppers, kalamata olives,...

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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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