Classic Chicken and Dumplings

I can only remember eating Chicken and Dumplings a few times as a child and my husband doesn’t think it was ever served at his table. But my kids love biscuits and this seemed a fun variation on Chicken Noodle Soup. We typically roast a whole local chicken when poultry is on the menu. SoContinue reading “Classic Chicken and Dumplings”

Scratch-Made Sloppy Joes

If you’re a parent of certain aged kids, you know the drill: From school to swim practice for one kid, a swing by the ballet studio for another and a stop at the track to fetch a third. All this in the crucial 5 to 6 o’clock hour when it would be helpful to actuallyContinue reading “Scratch-Made Sloppy Joes”

Go-To Lentil Soup

This recipe is easy. It’s healthful. It’s a quick dinner that can be pulled together at the last minute. It makes for great leftover lunches. It uses garlic, onions, peppers and stock that I’ve put up from my summer garden or made from my Thanksgiving turkey bones. Do my kids love it? No. But that’s whatContinue reading “Go-To Lentil Soup”

Cookbook Review — 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous

  When I flip through Lisa Leake’s second cookbook, “100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous,” I can’t help but think of my own kitchen, my own cooking and my own website’s stash of favorite recipes. Like in Lisa’s house, there are no natural flavors in my cabinets, my family knows which snack crackerContinue reading “Cookbook Review — 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous”

September’s Sanity

Ahhhh, September. The kids head back to school. My family adopts something like a sane routine. There is space. And quiet. To think. And breath. I take the swirl of inspiration and energy I’ve been immersed in all summer and I finally have the mental energy to sort through it, finding out what I want toContinue reading “September’s Sanity”

Plain Old Hummus

Hummus is big these days as a nutritious food, beloved by kids, that can double as dip, lunch or dinner. There are endless varieties of veggies and spices that can be mixed in, but in my house plain old hummus is the jam. I’ve served this recipe for years in my own kitchen and asContinue reading “Plain Old Hummus”