The Monday Menu: November 9, 2009


I'm done commenting on the craziness of working from home and trying to make time for life. Done. Someone commented on it today, and I realize that I may have been whining. It is possible. And while not without reason, I hate whining. Ask my kids how empathetic I am in response to a whine. It's not pretty. Besides, having free time is … more

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


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


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