Archives for December 2013

A New Look for the New Year

Wishing you a Happy New Year and unveiling the new look for Food for My Family. This past week was one of purging. Dressers were pulled from the walls, swept behind, pushed back. The dusty area under the bed was cleaned until it sparkled. The topmost shelves were emptied and then carefully collated with an […]

Mascarpone Cardamom Crisps: Christmas Cookie Crunch Time

Cardamom-kissed sugar flavors these mascarpone crisp cookie curls. Fragrant and reminiscent of both pastry and shortbread, these are a delightful addition to dessert served alongside a cup of coffee or tea. Thursday night I tucked my son in after explaining the virtues of gift-giving, teachers’ gifts for the last day of school before break slid […]

Mascarpone Cardamom Crisps

1/2 cup mascarpone 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup butter, cut into small cubes 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon cardamom Add the mascarpone to a large bowl or stand mixer bowl and blend until creamy. Pour in the flour and mix until crumbly. With the mixer still running, add the butter and continue […]

Thai Basil Beef with Coconut Rice: $4/Serving Whole Foods Meals

A recipe for fragrant and spicy Thai basil beef served over rich coconut rice all for under $4 a serving. The door swings open, the screen door behind it creaking on its hinges, the winter wind whistling as the sounds of my children’s voices cut through the calm of the house. Chaos has come. The […]

Easy Coconut Rice

1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk 6 1/4 cups water pinch of salt 4 cups jasmine or basmati rice, rinsed Mix together the coconut milk, water, and the salt in a large saucepan with a lid. Bring to a boil, and then stir in the rice. Cover and continue cooking for 20-25 minutes until all the […]

Thai Basil Beef

2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari 1 tablespoon fish sauce 2 teaspoons honey 1 lime, juiced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 pounds round steak or other beef cut, thinly sliced against the grain 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 red chiles, finely sliced (seeds optional) kosher salt black pepper 2 cups fresh basil leaves 1 […]

Eucalyptus Mint Whipped Body Butter: Homemade Gift Ideas

How to make homemade whipped body butter cream with coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. Great for personalized Christmas and holiday gifts or to pamper yourself during the winter season. “Teeth, hair, lunch box, backpack, coat, shoes, snow pants, boots, hat, mittens,” the morning chant escapes my lips. “I […]