It’s so hot, at least where I live in the Northeast. And to make it worse, we don’t have central AC, so turning on the oven or stove for long periods of time requires serious planning, like the…ability to shower immediately after. I don’t know about you, but while my kids are great eaters, I can’t get them to eat salad for dinner. So on those sweltering days when it’s too dang hot to patchke around in a hot kitchen for too long, these 9 dinner ideas are satisfying, kid-friendly and won’t… >> Read More
I just got another evite to a bridal shower, asking me to write my favorite family recipe on an index card and bring it as a special gift from me to the bride-to-be.
It’s a nice thought, but it…raises a few challenges. 1. I don’t have any index cards. The last time I used them was in the last century, when I was writing research papers and needed to keep track of who said what so quotations could be accurately attributed. The memories are not fond, and I didn’t keep any of those… >> Read More
My mother’s hands are not the hands of a woman who purchased take-out food, or turned a spoon in a cake-mix batter and called it homemade. They are not the hands of a woman who sat twice a month in…a leather seat while someone manicured and polished her nails. They are not the hands of a mother who made neat little braids down the small curves of backs, skin soft and smooth against a child’s narrow neck. No, my mother’s hands are doers, creators, innovators. They are song, music, strength and confidence. My mother’s… >> Read More
I don't believe in dieting or cutting out entire food groups like dairy, carbs, meat or (heaven forbid!) dessert, which is probably why I will always be curvy (and proud). But I do believe in eating…healthfully, eating real food and applying moderation. That means, when it's time to take some weight off (which it is right now), I prefer to cut back my portions, cut back a smidge on carbs and a smidge on dessert. I know there are lots of people who need black and white rules, but I… >> Read More
Oh man, weeknight dinners are the worst sometimes! Sure, I would eat noodles with butter and Parmesan every night if I could (and so would my kids), but I'm probably not going to win any parenting…(or health) awards for that. But I do love Trader Joe's. When I say love, I mean they know me by name. Ok, fine, they know my baby by name, and refer to me as “Billie's mom.” We are frequent shoppers and I like to keep a bunch of staples in my pantry and freezer… >> Read More