Potato Spinach PiePotato-Spinach Pie
january 21, 2015

Usually I make my own pie crust or use one from the freezer, but this time I took the author's advice and bought one pre-made from the store. It's a good thing I did, since prep for this recipe took a while, leaving about two minutes to roll out the dough and assemble the pie before kid-duty commenced.

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Rib EyeRib Eye
january 18, 2015

In his cookbook these are rib eyes on the bone, but I forgot, and bought them off. In typical Marcus Samulesson style the preparation involves an intricate and multi-stepped blending of culturally diverse ingredients that are delicious together, in new and surprising ways. In this case a coffee-chocolate rub, herbs, lemon juice and grilled garlic, jalapenos and scallions. 

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Peanut Noodles with Slaw

Peanut Noodles with Slaw
january 17, 2015

I have tried for many years to get my children to like noodles with peanut butter sauce. All eight million of the recipes I've used are easy to make and usually taste pretty good, but my kids just won't. This one was no exception, though the sauce tops any other recipe I've made so far.

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Simple Tomato SauceSimple Tomato Sauce
october 9, 2014

Tuesday morning we had a counter top full of tomatoes, so I hustled during breakfast and dinner to make the least complicated sauce I could find: olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, salt. Plus some oregano since it was right there sitting on the counter.

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Kale & Cheddar StrataKale & Cheddar Strata
october 7, 2014

Buzzfeed suggested this as a make-ahead weekend brunch item, but I made it for dinner instead.

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Thai Tuna SaladYam Tuna
october 6, 2014

My kids love tuna salad. My son makes me explain, over and over again, why he cannot eat it every day. He recently realized the connection between mercury in tuna and thermometers, which is really exciting to me, as his mother. But more importantly, I know he and his sister will always eat this toxic fish.

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Chiles Rellenos, Mexican Green Rice, Yellow Indian Woman BeansLazy Chiles Rellenos
october 2, 2014

This is my favorite recent trifecta (or triple win): Mexican Green Rice, Lazy Chiles Rellenos, Yellow Indian Woman beans. I only wish my kids loved it as much as I do. They routinely ask for the beans by name and always manage to choke down a bite each of the rice and rellenos, so I'll call it good. 

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Carrot & Zucchini Ribbon PastaCarrot & Zucchini Ribbon Pasta
September 23, 2014

This is a quick and easy dinner that does well for kids who like carrots, zucchini, one or the other, or neither. The ribbons are barely cooked, which is a plus for most kids, and they are easily removed by picky eaters.

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Southern Style Black-Eyed PeasSouthern Style Black-Eyed Peas
september 15, 2014

We make these semi-spicy peas to serve alongside collard greens every New Year's Day. Today I made them because collards came in last week's CSA box, not to celebrate the new year. 

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Braised CollardsBraised Collards
september 15, 2014

We have made this recipe every New Year's Day for at least a decade, along with every other day that we happen to have collard greens. Like when they come in the CSA box, as they did last week.

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