It’s always been a challenge for me– getting that perfect, juicy burger at home.  Mine always end up overcooked, or falling apart, or dry.  Today Smashburger is sharing their trick for the perfect burger– and let me tell you, I had one too many Read More

GETTING A REALLY GREAT BURGER (+ giveaway!)

Aug 21, 2013

Jul 30, 2013

While I was nursing Ruby, we discovered she has a dairy allergy.  This is different from lactose intolerance.  Most children grow out of it by the time they are two, but Ruby’s seems to still be holding strong at 15 months.  When I was nursing, I had Read More

DAIRY FREE FAVORITES (AND OTHER ALLERGY FRIENDLY FOODS)

At my house, we are grillers.  We grill.  All summer, almost every night.  It’s one of my favorite things about this time of year.  Nothing quite beats sitting out on the deck, and cooking up a feast of fresh food. Grilling is also pretty easy, Read More

SUMMERTIME GRILLING: GRILLED ARTICHOKES & STEAK MARINADE

Jul 17, 2013

Jul 9, 2013

This recipe was born in an act of desperation.  I made it up after discovering I had forgotten to buy pasta sauce at the store, and had planned on spaghetti and my homemade french bread for dinner.  After contemplating takeout, I decided to instead Read More

HOMEMADE CANNED MARINARA SAUCE

With their chewy interior, crisp, crunchy exterior and craggy, dimpled texture that is the perfect resting place for butter and jam, English muffins are the perfect bread for the morning. This recipe is the best of English muffins without the hassle, Read More

ENGLISH MUFFIN BREAD

May 7, 2013

Mar 9, 2013

Poached eggs go beautifully with the Greek Style Lima Beans we featured here.  Poaching can be intimidating, but this is a great technique.   I used to try to poach eggs, quite unsuccessfully, until I heard about adding vinegar to the boiling water. Read More

HOW TO POACH AN EGG

When my children were young we bought a new book for story time that looked cute: A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon. This fun story told of a girl who loved lima beans but was afraid to admit she loved them. When I read this story I realized Read More

GREEK STYLE LIMA BEANS

Mar 8, 2013

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