Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese and Orecchiette, Oh My!

onion progression

I have been craving pasta lately. While doing one of our menus I suddenly realized I'd added three pasta dishes to a five-day span. Carb overload. I adjusted the menu to just one pasta meal, albeit begrudgingly, and left this gem on the menu, and I was not disappointed. It may have had something to do with the giant tub of blue cheese I had … more

Preparing for the Holidays

turkey

There's a turkey to purchase, a menu to plan, recipes to thumb through, grocery shopping that needs to happen and cleaning. Don't even get me started on the cleaning. Traditional Thanksgiving dinners can be a lot of work, and planning and organization go a long way to ensuring yours comes together all at the right time. Before you pass on the … more

The Monday Menu: November 2, 2009

the little man

Hello, November. I have to say that while I'm not necessarily thrilled November is here already, I am pretty excited for the holiday season. We've been planning and organizing already in preparation, and it looks like November may actually be a pretty calm month. I'm excited to get to baking, and we're even having a mock Thanksgiving dinner this … more

My Grandma’s Brandy Apfelradln

apfelradln2

Some mornings my grandma would show up on her bike at my childhood home with a basket of these, still warm, covered in cinnamon and sugar. For breakfast. When she would watch us, my sister and I would ask if she could make them. "Grandma, can you make apple raddles? Please? We have apples!" And occasionally she would when everything fell into … more

The Pit Beef Comes to Us

get yer grill going

We try to maintain active social lives, and even though the O6 are a busy family, we usually are able to cram all of our family commitments in and still have time for the occasional show at First Ave. , movie with the gang, or random gathering at a local dining establishment.  This was not the case last week.  We were invited to a happy hour at The … more

The Monday Menu: October 26, 2009

kumquat surprise

Kumquat's face says it all. I managed to do it. We went to an apple orchard. We took pictures in the leaves later that day at the park. We painted pumpkins. Seasonal activities abound. I may not have cleaned my house this weekend, but I did get all of the grocery shopping done and found Kiwi a pair of basketball shoes for her first day … more

My Take on Homemade Candy Corn

rice crispy triangles

My kids have been complaining lately and with good reason. I have been procrastinating something fierce with moving into the fall season. It hasn't necessarily been intentional. No. It's just that there has been so much to do and juggle that things like seasonal baking have gotten pushed aside to make room for coordinating the book fair, … more