Category: Food

Happy happy happy! I loved Thanksgiving this year, even with a few challenges. Great new recipes, and lots of great family time. Even a new tradition with the kids.

The challenge came from our trip to see the Macy’s balloons inflated. We skipped last year because of an impending ice storm, and I thought we’d actually gone the year before. We didn’t, I have no idea why. So Hannah’s had one trip, as a wee little baby. And maybe I’m remembering the challenges that kept us away after the fact. The crowds, the trip into the city on the busiest travel day, having the stroller.

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chicken fingers

I think other people’s kids might love these, but my child…is my child. Food is a hugely contentious issue. Actually, she’s gotten better this year, but she still has a very limited number of things she’ll eat. I made these way back in April but never posted, and maybe I should try them again. She picked at them but refused eat them. I bet I could get her to try them now. She is very susceptible to bribery.

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I haven’t made a single, solitary new recipe since school started, unless you count party food.  This is a new record for me, and even though I’ve been cooking a lot of old standbys, it’s also been two solid months of throwing together whatever random thing is in the fridge. Success varies.

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I’ve started sticking Ina’s name in front of any of her recipes I try. It lends a certain gravitas, like you know I’m not playing around when an Ina recipe shows up. Also, let’s just establish that casseroles do not photograph well. In my house. With any of my cameras. With me taking the photographs. 

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peach bourbon jam

We did a ton of peach picking in the last weeks of summer, so I made a big batch of peach bbq sauce and this jam.

Hot damn.

It was kind of an afterthought; peaches are one of H’s favorites to pick, but not the fruit I get most excited about. Every time we pick them I end up with a fridge full of peaches and all kinds of recipes that just don’t excite me. And it takes forever to blanch them and peel them.

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I have terrible timing with my jam posts. By the time I get them written, most of the fruit I used is out of season. But, I’m still posting this one because it was delicious.

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We love ramen around here. And anything remotely Asian and soupy. This is a beef version of our favorite pork ramen from The Best Skillet Recipesand it is yummy. The original calls for mushrooms, but this family is less than wild about fungi.

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We just got home last night from a week-long family trip to Maine. Everyone’s been hit with a cold, but somehow today I’m the only one still under the weather. So I’m going through my photos and trying to get back into the swing of home life.

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parchment fish

While I was working on the draft for this post, I just called it “Parchment Fish.” This is 100% going to be my next band name. 

So I made this resolution in January to eat more fish, and I have been! All of the fish! Well, not all of it. But a decent quantity considering that before January 2015, shrimp and smoked salmon were the only things from the sea that set foot in this house. And now I’ve made this Ina recipe a buncha times, and we love it. It’s easy to halve for two people. And it’s from Make It AheadOh, Ina. Straight to my heart, that lady.

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