Mom-Friendly Meals: Ramen

Bring two cups of vegetable broth to a boil. Open a packet of ramen noodles. Throw away the flavor packet. Boil the noodles for three minutes. Add a handful of rinsed spinach leaves, a splash of soy sauce, a splash … Continue reading

Mom-Friendly Meals: Strawberry Spinach Salad

I went to the farmers’ market on Sunday morning and found some unbelievable strawberries and fresh spinach. My first thought was “Smoothies!” But then I came up with another option. The big question was dressing. We don’t eat a lot … Continue reading

Mom-Friendly Meals: Maple and Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pancakes

We bought a giant thing of Bisquick at Costco, because Baguette was loving pancakes and we weren’t loving the frozen ones. I know, Bisquick doesn’t really save time. Except that yes, it does. So I’m using it (after all, we … Continue reading

Mom-Friendly Meals: Fake Minestrone

What is fake minestrone? Well, for starters, it’s not made from scratch. I like soup, but I don’t like canned soup. So I try to make my own, but I don’t always have time to make it from scratch. In … Continue reading

Mom-Friendly Meals: Stone Soup

Remember the story of “Stone Soup“? I’ve always been a little conflicted about that story. Sure, the villagers were miserly with their food stores. So you can read it as the story of how a traveler convinced them to open … Continue reading

Mom-Friendly Meals: Farro and Yogurt Parfait

I bought a bag of 10-minute farro at Trader Joe’s. Preparing it is super easy: You boil it for 10 minutes, and drain. That is all. And then you have a big bowl of farro, which you can use in … Continue reading

Mom-Friendly Meals: Grilled Sausage and Potatoes, with Broccoli

We seem to be having an Endless Summer in California right now, even if you’re not a surfer. But that doesn’t even matter, because in California, grilled food is a year-round option. What’s easier than grilling? Grilling using foil packs. … Continue reading

Fine Dining at Bargain Prices

You know that thing? The one where the people you love make your eyes roll extra hard? Yesterday afternoon, my father-in-law calls to ask if we want to join them for dinner. “It’s too hot to eat here,” he says, … Continue reading