Food for the Fourth

It's here. The 4th of July happens to mark my favorite point in the summer. My lilies are in full bloom, the hydrangeas just started, balloon flowers are popping. Outside of my garden, marshmallows are roasting, fireworks booming in the sky. We start off our 4th of July at a potluck picnic in the park surrounded by family. We end with … more

Chicken Alfredo Calzones


I used to be afraid of baking bread. It felt like this giant activity that required time and planning. And time. Lots and lots of time. Baking bread is for people with time, and time is something I don't have, I would tell myself. Because, really, I don't. There are things like a job and four kids that take up most of that, and then there's … more

The Monday Menu: June 29, 2009


Another week into summer. I had the feeling today that I'm going to wake up one morning and it will suddenly be over, my flowers done blooming for the season, the apples harvested, the leaves falling off the trees. I've decided I need to be a bit more organized in my daily affairs and responsibilities in order to appreciate the fleeting days of … more

Prosciutto-Rolled Asparagus Bundles


I received an email from my sister a few weeks ago. All it said was: "Yum." And then there was a link. Because I'm trying to get everyone to try asparagus, I knew it was something I'd be making. You don't like asparagus? That's too bad. You don't know what you're missing. My kids eat asparagus. One key thing when you're purchasing … more

Wish I Was There Mediterranean Pasta


I first made this dish several years ago for a ladies' night I was hosting at my house. Instantly a hit, I knew I'd be adding it to my list of favorite easy meals. Adding (or not adding) the meat at the very end makes it vegetarian friendly. There is a lot of dumping from jars and cans into a pan involved and not a lot of cutting and chopping. … more

The Monday Menu: June 22, 2009


On Father's Day: Ole, thank you for being the father to my children. I look forward to another year of parenting with you and can't imagine doing it without you. Thank you for your patience and your rationalization, your love and your tenderness, for the stability and support you bring to our family. And thanks for putting up with me. … more

White Chocolate Raspberry Lady Cake


We don't make birthday cakes very often here. It's not that I myself don't enjoy and appreciate cake. My kids don't. I know, what kid wouldn't want to shove their face in a piece of frosting-covered sweetness? Mine. Now, don't get me wrong. They like the idea of cake. They may even take their piece happily. Then a bite or two into it, … more