In the Kitchen with Grandpa: Making Ravioli

April 21, 2017 Blog


Recently, Grandma and Grandpa came to visit, and we thought that making ravioli would be a great way to keep Grandpa busy with the Addie and Keely. It was a fun afternoon that resulted in 110 individual ravioli, along with 2 extra large raviolis made once Nicole arrived near the end of our ravioli-making production […]

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Sunday Supper: Dinner and Conversation

February 6, 2017 Partaking


Crazy busy as our lives are, I manage to get homemade meals on the table every evening (with the occasional, opt out). What is essential in ensuring this happens is my meal planning. Part of my weekly ritual, my meal planning gives me the opportunity to shop for all the weekly essentials at one time, […]

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It’s a New Year: It’s time for some ‘Homemade Homemade’

January 6, 2017 Blog

The Marcato Marga

As the new year arrives, so too has a new opportunity. Recently, the Marcato Marga Mulino Grain Mill arrived in the mail, and, with the dawn of a new year, we’re excited to experience how the mill will help our family take the next step in making more healthy food choices. We have always focused […]

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The Beauty of Soup

September 28, 2016 Food

Vegetable Barley Soup

It’s officially soup season here at our house. Although we enjoy soup  year-round, it is when the chill is in the air that we truly embrace a variety of these belly-warming concoctions. According to The History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, soup is derived “from ‘sop’ or ‘sup’ meaning the slice of bread on which […]

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Quesadillas with Pears and Prosciutto

August 18, 2016 Appetizers

Take the pear and Prosciutto combination to the next level with this delicious quesadilla. (10-inch) flour tortillas 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese, optional 2 to 3 thin slices of prosciutto, coarsely chopped 1 large California Bartlett pear, peeled and thinly sliced Directions: In a large skillet, heat 2 tortillas […]

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In the Kitchen with Addison

February 1, 2016 Blog


Our children have always loved to help out in the kitchen. When they were younger, they would sit and watch us, waiting to taste-test whatever it was that Greg and I were making. These days, they are becoming pretty self-sufficient in the kitchen. Here, Addison (age 9) tells us a bit about her love for […]

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Microplane Cube Grater

January 19, 2016 Favorite Finds

Microplane Cube Grater: Cheese, Chocolate, Carrots and more

We’re always looking for ways to cut down on clutter in the kitchen — seeking multi-functional kitchen tools that make meal prep and entertaining easier and less stressful. Microplane’s Cube Grater is just that. This multi-functional and diminutive gadget playfully recalls the shape of a Rubik’s cube toy and has the functionality of a traditional […]

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Sunday Prep: Snacks

January 6, 2016 Blog


I’m out of step this week trying to get back into the swing of things following Christmas break. After a fun and relaxing holiday season, we’re back to our usual crazy schedule of work, school and after-school activities. I’m driving here and there, cracking the whip on homework, piano and guitar practice, and repeatedly asking […]

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San Marzano “Quick” Salsa

September 2, 2015 Preparing

San Marzano Quick Salsa

Homemade salsa is one of our favorite recipes to make – and eat – all year round. When we don’t have garden fresh tomatoes on hand, we use a can of San Marzanos. This Tyler Florence recipe is an easy-to-make family favorite. 1 28-ounce can while San Marzano tomatoes, drained with liquid reserved. 1 small […]

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Kitchen Tips: Green beans

January 21, 2015 Food

Green and purple beans

A few things to remember about green beans: Purchase green beans that have a smooth feel and a vibrant, green color, and that are free from brown spots or bruises. They should be  a firm texture and “snap” when broken. Because of their rich green color, we don’t always think about green beans as providing […]

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