Dinner

Papa’s Fried Cod Recipe

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My kids are so lucky.  Not only do they know and love their four grandparents, but they also have known all but one of their great grandparents.  Evie even met her great-great grandmother, and this photo of FIVE generations will be one of my favorites forever: My dad’s parents – the kids’ great-grandparents – live [...]


Meghan’s Cranberry Chicken

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Ever since we brought Baby Ben home from the hospital two weeks ago, we have been blessed with some of the best dinners.  Friends and family have brought over a meal nearly every night, relieving me of the stress of meal preparation (and clean-up!).  I don’t think a simple thank-you card can possibly express my [...]


Bacony Butternut Squash Soup

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Winter. Ugh. By mid February I am so over the cold and slushy snow and cloudy skies. Today’s projected high of 51 might sound encouraging, but one look at the forecast for next week (um, 15 degrees on Tuesday?!) and I’m quickly dragged back to reality. But perhaps the worst part about winter in the [...]


Easy Caesar Dressing

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I made a quick butternut squash soup for dinner tonight.  Served along with a loaf of homemade bread and a big salad, it was a delightful little supper. I’ve been craving Caesar salad lately, so I whipped up a simple Caesar dressing tonight. My recipe doesn’t call for raw egg (can’t eat it because I’m [...]


My Mom’s Turkey Tetrazzini

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I can’t believe Christmas came and went so fast!  I must say I am kinda happy it is over.  I am totally exhausted and ready for a break from the nonstop holiday excitement.  We had so many things to do and places to go during the past month, and like most moms I put pressure [...]


Homemade Tomatillo Soup

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A couple years ago I wrote about a tour I took through a lovely rural Illinois garden. The organic garden belongs to my mom’s dear friend Pam, and every year her garden grows in size and selection.  I saw Pam last weekend, and she very generously offered to gift me with some of this season’s [...]


Homemade Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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I’m posting this Broccoli Cheddar soup recipe at the request of my cousin Monika, who is spending the month with our family.  I prepared this soup for dinner last night, and she wants to make it once she returns to Poland in September.  She’ll be heading off to university in Krakow, and this is a [...]


Homemade Polish Chicken Soup

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With my cousin Monika visiting from Poland for the summer, we’ve all had fun reconnecting with our Polish roots. Chris grew up with a Polish father and Polish grandparents, so he’s been practicing speaking his very rusty Polish with Monika, much to her amusement. My Dad asked that I learn how to make a traditional [...]


Grandma’s Potato Casserole

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My dad recently celebrated his birthday, so the kids and I went out to my parents’ house for a casual celebration. He’s an easy going guy who doesn’t ask for much fuss, but when the kids insisted on “surprising” him he was kind enough to play along. My dad’s birthday dinner request was simple and [...]


Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

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As I’ve written about before, if Mack isn’t busy Mack is causing trouble.  In the afternoons while Evie is at school and Vivian naps, he and I are buddies. We have lunch together, clean up the house, play outside, read books and watch a cartoon or two.  And, we almost always do some sort of [...]


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