The Summer of Pickles!

The Summer of Pickles!

Pickles. Vinegary, sharp and crunchy. I love them. I think my first child was about 65% pickle in utero (and 35% bacon grilled cheese) because of all the delicious deli kosher dill pickles I ate when I was pregnant. And after having the pickle jar appetizer at Vintage in New Market, I went looking for refrigerator pickled … Continue reading

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry pie is one of my family’s summer food highlights. Usually the first summer fruit in for the season, in late May I start trolling the farmer’s market for the first cartons of berries. While I am and forever will  be a Cake Person, James is a Pie Person. And since he is my favorite person … Continue reading

Family Travel Games

The pool opened this weekend! Summer and adventure are finally here! (And for my mental health: vitamin D and excitement!) When we hit the pool, or the beach for that matter, we like to set up camp and stay alllll day long. We pack our cooler and snacks, and I arrange myself on a lounge chair, … Continue reading

Even More Podcasts

After my last post about podcasts I added even more to my list. Some came from suggestions from other people, and some came from that thing a podcast host will sometimes do at the very end of the recording and say, “if you liked this podcast, you might also like __” (So, yes, podcast producers, those little plugs … Continue reading

What We’re Eating This Week

What We’re Eating This Week

 Sunday – grilled black bean burgers (Wegmans) and grilled squash, zucchini and mushrooms (pre-cut from Wegmans) Monday – Spicy Orange Shrimp with Caesar Salad  Tuesday – Stir-Fried Asparagus and Shiitake Mushrooms (from The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook), brown rice, pork potstickers (Wegmans frozen) Wednesday – kids’ activities + out for dinner Thursday – leftover pork (from … Continue reading

Roasted Veg & a New Cookbook

Roasted Veg & a New Cookbook

I am a sucker for roasted veg and for new cookbooks from Cook’s Illustrated. I heard Jack Bishop and one of the other chefs (I can’t remember her name) from CI on Fresh Air talking about The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook and I bought it immediately.  We are omnivores, but if I cook more vegetarian dishes, … Continue reading

It’s Friday, I’m in Love

It’s Friday, I’m in Love

It is WARM. There are flowers and buds on the trees and little bright green leaves and it’s like the cold, depressing winter fog has lifted. If you need a smile for your Friday, listen to the Mortified podcast. People read from their adolescent journals and it is hilarious and so cringe-worthy. It comes out on Mondays … Continue reading

A Split Pea Soup I Can Love

A Split Pea Soup I Can Love

James is by far my favorite person to cook for (he’s my favorite person in a lot of ways). When he tells me he’s in the mood for something in particular I like to hunt around for just the right recipe. We aim to have that lovely 50s moment when he walks in the door … Continue reading

A Whole Lot of Podcasts

A Whole Lot of Podcasts

I am one of those people who can’t have a quiet house. Well, I can’t have a quiet house with three kids, but when it’s just Molly and me at home and I’m trying to get housework done, I have chore-ADD. I clean a counter, put away a few dishes, move half a load of laundry — basically I … Continue reading

The Menu This Week

The Menu This Week

Here’s what we’re eating this week: Sunday: Rotisserie Chicken, Lentil Soup (I mentioned it here, but recipe is here), Cheesy Baked Rice, and Buttered Peas Monday: Mixed Greens Salad, Roasted Golden Beets, leftover chicken and soup Tuesday: Stir-fried Vegetables over rice or noodles (I took the easy way when buying vegetables this week, I bought a prepared … Continue reading