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Family Dinner Plan: Winter favorites

With basketball season in full swing, and some days a double header, I am revisiting my weekly dinner plans to see if it will help me get a handle on what I consider to be excessive eating out by my family. Honestly, if I don’t plan ahead, it is way easier to stop at a […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Mediterranean Monday

We have themes in our house – Taco Tuesday (or Thursday), Fajita Friday, Meatless Monday (although we have not done that in a while). The kids look forward to it and it makes it easy to plan at least one meal a week. Taco Tuesday can be almost anything. I have cooked ground beef or […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Its a new school year

New year, new schedule, chaos reigns. I am sure you have heard it all before. In a slightly-over-the-top-I-am-probably-insane move, I created a calendar for the next three months, through the end of the fall soccer season, so I can track our weekly plans. I did not go as far as to put together a menu […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Mardi Gras

Reading about Pancake Day and Fat Tuesday has inspired me to post a menu this week, the first time this year! I picked up a huge mystery box of veggies from Mariquita Farms last week, which included kohlrabi and cabbage, along with a big bag of spinach, green garlic, fingerling potatoes and wild arugula. Unless […]

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Best of Winter Fancy Food Show 2014

Last week I visited the Moscone Center in San Francisco for the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show, a production of the Specialty Food Association. Companies from around the world showcase their food products, mostly for buyers from all over (think CostCo). Because of this blog, I qualified for a press pass, which I used to […]

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Souvenirs of a Kitchen Gadget Girl


As you know, we like to travel, and 2013 has been a great year for us. We have been hither and yon several different times. My family does not tolerate a ton of shopping, but when they let me loose, I love to seek out fun kitchen tools and gadgets to bring home. Here is […]

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Family Dinner Plan: In Season Fruit

Fall is here. Our box from Mariquita Farms contained Lettuces, Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes, Principe Borghese Tomatoes, Spigariello, Potatoes, Red Heart Peppers, and Avocados. Here is my menu plan for the week of September 22: Sunday: Grilled steaks, tomato salad, lettuce salad with avocado, sauteed spigariello (a friend of kale), mashed sweet potatoes Monday: Slow Cooked […]

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Family Dinner Plan: First squash of the year

  Our box from Mariquita Farms contained the above beautiful Padana Squash, which will last for a long time on the counter, until it is more what I think of as squash season, ie. cooler temperatures. For now I am still into the fresh tomatoes and chiles, the squash will come later. In addition to […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Busy Week

Really, aren’t they all? Anywho, a couple evening meetings and training sessions means I need to have my ducks in a row for dinner this week (I have told you how important this plan is to my overall mental health, right?) Onto this week’s photo. Because we have been getting our vegetables (and some fruits) […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Tomatoes

Three Day Weekend. Feels like the last bit of respite before the downhill spiral into fall schedules and the holiday madness. These menu plans become so important, they help me sort my thoughts out of the week and center my thinking before I get caught up in the minutiae of day-to-day tasks and obligations. The […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Is Fall here already?

Fall begins, I guess. The air smells different, a little crisper. And the shadows seem a little longer, but as Andy, our Mariquita Farms farmer pointed out, the first official day of fall is not until Sunday, September 22. I think in reality it has started a little earlier! In our veggie box from Mariquita […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Back to School

Back to school this week, and yes, I am a little happy. I do love the structure the school year provides, but I am also happy to take several weeks off and unwind. In addition to going back to school this week, we also start soccer, after school music, etc. Its shaping up to be […]

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