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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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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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