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Family trip to Switzerland, winter editon

We went to Switzerland for February break this year and here are the highlights of our trip: Friday, February 13- Saturday, February 14: Travel to Switzerland We departed from SFO on Friday, February 13 and arrived in Frankfurt on Saturday, February 14. Our flight from Frankfurt to Zurich was scheduled to depart at 12:30, and […]

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Family Dinner Plan: The gift of time


Since it is now spring, the above photo should help with the identification of random alliums you might be seeing at the farmers market or in your weekly CSA box. Leeks tend to be round on the bottom near the stem, with flat, dark green outer leaves. Spring onions are bulbous and round at the […]

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Family Dinner Plan: St Patrick’s Day


Mariquita Farms had a mystery box pickup last week, and I am expecting a bag from Farmdoor this week. Lots of veggies, which is great as we are hosting a few friends and family for dinner this week. And we have a special dinner planned for Tuesday to celebrate our favorite Irish-American holiday. Sunday: Roast […]

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Family Dinner Plan: More spring menus


Sunday: Appetizers: French radishes with caraway butter, roasted beet muhammara, pita and veggies; Dinner: Fred’s steak, romaine salad, roasted carrots, steamed broccoli Monday: Pasta with lamb ragù, kale salad, steamed green vegetable Tuesday: Amawele’s sweet potato chicken curry, quinoa and rice, roasted vegetables Wednesday: Leftovers Thursday: Roasted salmon, rice, vegetable or three Friday: TGIF and […]

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Family Dinner Plan: New harvest boxes

 This week I am trying vegetables from two different sources – Farmstand and Bounty Box. Both are startups in Palo Alto looking to impact local and seasonal vegetable eating.  Farmstand has a regular neighborhood vegetable standS where customers can purchase produce delivered from organic farms a few times a week and which allow the […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Jet Lag

Back from our winter break in Switzerland (more on that soon) I find I am craving lots of vegetables. Seems like all we did last week was eat, specifically bread and cheese, potatoes and cheese, cheese, pork in all its tasty incarnations, and chocolate. The last one I am not too upset about, I will continue that […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Slow cooker happiness

Another week, another plan. Last week’s highlight was the slow cooker posole on Thursday night. Winner. Used pork tenderloins and cooked all day and there was no way I thought that would do anything great for the pork. Was I surprised to find that the pork was tender and juicy and we enjoyed the posole with […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Spring?

Above, a photo from last week’s slow cooker dinner, Pot Roast. Winner. This week, I feel less like eating stews and soups. And I think this is mostly the fault of the weather. Warm temperatures here in California, feels like spring has sprung. My garden is confused. Anyway, last week’s menu plan worked like a […]

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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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