Recipes

Teryaki Oxtail for the Kids

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I am on the neverending search for easy weeknight dinners that the kids will eat and are quick to clean up. Last fall the butchers at our neighborhood Whole Foods were cookin’ up some oxtail to entice shopped over to their section, and as we passed by Mack demanded that I stop so he could [...]


My Favorite Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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The bitter winter months are upon us, and we are surviving and keeping busy as best as we can. I really hate turning to screen time to pass an otherwise boring kind of day, so when I feel the temptation to occupy the kids with TV I usually invite them into the kitchen instead. Saturday [...]


Homemade Pizza for the New Year

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I am so happy a new year is upon us. 2014 was long and hard and exhausting, and I feel like the symbolic new chapter has begun! To start the new year off the homemade way, the kids and I spent January 1st making pizza for dinner. My little family is still young, so I [...]


Roasted Vegetable Sauce

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Brrrrr…it is FREEZING here in Chicago. Like, bitter, bitter, BITTER cold. We’re doing our best to keep busy (and sane!) indoors, and I’ve found that a little creativity goes a long way. Mack wants to be a chef when he grows up, so I try my best to foster his interest in cooking. Quite often [...]


Sweet Potato and Kale Breakfast Bowl

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It might be the dead of winter, but I’m still determined to use as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible in our meals. Sometimes I have to remind myself just how lucky I am to live in a time and place where weather does not have to dictate what and how I eat. There [...]


Kerrygold Irish Cream Shake

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Oh, what a day. Three sick kids. One kid not cooperating. One baby up at 3:58 am (which means that I was up at 3:58 am). One sick babysitter who we all love and depend upon. A daunting to-do list that never seems to shorten. Worst of all, my grandma is so sick and her [...]


#BoozyBaking: Bourbon Shortbread with Mascarpone and Cherries

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I was recently asked by my friends at Maker’s Mark to create a holiday dessert recipe sure to wow a dinner party. After thinking about it for a while, I took inspiration from mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer‘s recipe for an Old Fashioned. She uses REAL maraschino cherries – none of that supermarket junk with corn syrup [...]


The Maureen Special

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So much of what I write about revolves around my kids and what we do to keep them happy, busy and healthy.  I take the business of raising my kids quite seriously, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to get out and have a good time without the little rugrats every now and [...]


Cinnamon-Vanilla Scented Oatmeal (and Donuts)

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I have given up the fight. I am raising the white flag. I am surrendering. I am never ever going to get a good night’s sleep again. At nearly 9 months of age, little Ben still won’t sleep through the night. I guess the little stinker likes his 11:30 pm and 2:00 am and 4:15 [...]


Chicken Fricassee

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With four kids, getting dinner on the table can be a real struggle. Someone always needs my attention, and I can’t watch the stove while I’m helping with homework or kissing a boo-boo or snuggling a tired two year old. Lately, on the days I am home I try to prepare dinner in the late [...]


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