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 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 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
Here’s the backstory: I am 100% Jewish. I can say the Hanukkah prayer. My sisters and I grew up eating chopped liver, gefilte fish, and tzimmes. I make challah and matzah ball soup for the…holidays, rugelach on occasion, and have always bought mesh bags of gelt in December. I married a Jewish guy, under a chuppah (he stepped on the glass, too), and we followed the tradition of naming both of our daughters after family members who have passed away. But, yet, “kinda Jewish” is probably a much better… >> Read More