If you’re anything like me, the last few weeks have been pretty difficult to say the least. Taking in the news, I have been frustrated, angry, sad, irate, befuddled, and a host of other emotions. I…feel largely helpless, even though I am trying to do small parts: tweeting, making calls to elected officials, sending postcards to elected officials, educating myself as much as I can, speaking up, and using my platforms to hopefully share real truths. But, at the end of the day, I still feel helpless and sad. In… >> Read More
Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t...or in this case, sometimes you want a meat meal, or sometimes your surly teenager has decided they no longer eat meat. But seriously, sometimes…you need or want a vegetarian option for dinner that’s easy and delicious. Grain and rice bowls are such a fun and satisfying way to have a quick and healthful dinner--choose your grain and top with the protein, veggies, and condiments you like. You can even front load your meal prep and bake a big… >> Read More
Schnitzel is a frequently requested dinner in my house. Ugh, but the frying and the mess is not my favorite thing to deal with, especially on busy weeknights.
Baking the schnitzel is much less…messy, cutting down the prep time to just about 35 minutes--a manageable task for naptime or even the craziest weeknights. Variation: For a gluten-free option, try pulsing 2-3 cups Rice Chex cereal and using instead of bread crumbs for coating. Our resident gluten-free expert warns the cereal needs a good deal of seasoning, so taste… >> Read More
I never thought I’d miss Russian food, the unassuming cuisine of my birthplace. I was self-conscious about Russian salads, for instance, referring to boiled and chopped root vegetables loaded with…mayonnaise, not microgreens. Traditional Russian recipes use just one kind of cheese, called cheese. Growing up as an immigrant kid in the United States, it’s awkward having to always explain that sour cream really does make everything better, that Herring under a Fur Coat isn’t furry, that the jiggly meat jelly is no weirder than the processed American… >> Read More
My mom always cooked homemade meals growing up, although they weren’t gourmet or even always healthful: tortellini alfredo, taco night, fried ravioli, and one of my favorites, Mexican lasagna.
Of…course this “lasagna” is a far cry from its Italian counterpart or more authentic, complex Mexican cooking. It is, all the same, pretty delicious. And most importantly for busy moms: EASY. Over the years I have played with the recipe I remember from my childhood to make it kosher-friendly without ground beef, but still hearty,… >> Read More