You may have seen those "little free library" boxes, where neighbors can take and leave books they no longer want, but now they don't just have books in them: New boxes are stocked with free food…and care items like toothbrushes and diapers for people in need. One women, Maggie Ballard, who lives in Wichita, Kansas, started one in her neighborhood. She calls it a "blessing box," which she restocks with her son, stating in NPR: "I felt like this is something that I could do — something small that you know, would… >> 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 don’t know about you, but it’s been many years since I’ve had the chance to put on a sparkly top and go out drinking for New Year’s Eve. With young kids and no readily available babysitter,…our best New Year’s Eve in recent years was spent watching “Pitch Perfect” and polishing off a cheese platter and bottle of prosecco. Ah, parenthood. But it’s nice to dust off the heels and squeeze yourself into some skinny jeans every once in a while to ring in the new year like real people whose… >> 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
I know lots of people who like to get a little zany or fancy with the food for their Hanukkah celebrations. But sometimes simple, tried and true treats are the ones that are the biggest crowd…pleasers for your guests, and the easiest to prepare for you, the host. Last year instead of standing for hours in my kitchen frying up donuts, we bought some. And for a simple sweet treat I made a pretty batch of chocolate covered strawberries doused in a festive dusting of Hanukkah sprinkles. (For more on… >> Read More