Weekly Dinner Menu: Plan to Eat Edition

pumpkin tart

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we’re benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked […]

Perfect One-Dish Dinners: Steamed Broccoli Vinaigrette

boys and broccoli

We sit in the pediatrician’s office, the five of us, my four kids and me. They’ve put us in the corner room where there’s a bit more space to roam about as they know I show up with my brood of kids and cramming us into a standard exam room would be near impossible, especially […]

Steamed Broccoli Vinaigrette with Toasted Pine Nuts

adapted from Perfect One-Dish Dinners by Pam Anderson 3 large broccoli crowns, halved or cut into large chunks 3/4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 large shallot, minced 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar fresh ground black pepper 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup […]

Homemade Pumpkin Purée: Can the Can

homemade pumpkin puree final

I have a confession. I don’t remember ever buying pumpkin in a can. Ever. I know my mom did when I was younger a few times, but generally, our pumpkin came from, well, a pumpkin. For years in high school I avoided pumpkin pie with it’s brown, creamy texture. Then I realized it was because […]

Homemade Pumpkin Purée

3- to 4-pound pumpkin 1 cup water Preheat the oven to 350º F. In a 9×13″ baking dish, place pumpkin halves. Add water. Bake for one hour or until flesh is soft and easy to scoop. Scoop the pumpkin flesh out, leaving behind the outer shell, and into a blender or food processor. Blend, pulsing […]

Weekly Dinner Menu: 10/18/10

turkey wild rice soup

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we’re benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked […]

Composting Basics: Our Compost Pile

compost bin alone

We have a compost pile. It started when my husband pulled out a pesky lilac that was taking over the corner of our yard. In the dirt patch, he happily started gathering together fallen leaves and grass clippings, and the next year while we were putting in our first raised bed garden, we happily took […]