The Kids’ Table (+ Cinnamon Apple Cake)


I was recently asked by a local kids cooking school what my definition of “The Kids Table” is. It took me just a few moments of reflection to come up with my answer: time together. Kids should feel welcome in the kitchen at any time. It is the heart of every home, the place where [...]

Pleasant Pumpkin Bread


Everyone loves to complain about Chicago weather, but that’s only because everyone hasn’t experienced a Chicago fall. We have gorgeous days well into October – the bees are still busy, green leaves still rustle in their trees, mornings are crisp and clear. This September has been nothing but mild temperatures and sunny skies. As sad [...]

Kerrygold Irish Cream Shake


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 [...]

Cranberry-Spinach-Mango Green Drink


Now that little Ben is seven months old, we are introducing him to big people food. As far as pureed foods go, he loves bananas, blueberries with oatmeal, and mango. However, just like his big brother did, Ben much prefers real food that hasn’t been smooshed up. So, I dutifully feed him little bits of [...]

Black Bean and Corn Salsa


I love how a bowl of homemade salsa can turn a gathering into a party. When we went out to my sister’s house last weekend I prepared a few snacks for us to enjoy along with the vodka lemonades she made, and it was a summer evening well spent. My mom makes something similar to [...]

Mack’s Raspberry Muffins


My little Mack is such an eager helper in the kitchen. Whenever I catch him on the verge of bothering his sisters, I suggest we prep dinner or bake a treat together in the kitchen. It is a sure-fire way to reign him in – ha! When we went out to my sister’s house last [...]

Sweet Cream Blueberry Dip


We spent a night last weekend with my sister and her family at their new house.  It was nice to escape the city (and the noisy amateur fireworks blasting off every other minute), and the kids were so happy to run barefoot in the grass.  They love hanging out with their cousin, so much that [...]

Veggie Roasting 101


Ever since Chris subscribed to a mostly Paleo diet several years ago, I have tasked myself with finding new ways to prepare the same veggies we love.  Steamed vegetables are boring, and there is no way I can get my kids to eat those.  But, roasting vegetables makes them irresistible, so that is what we [...]

Homemade Coconut Almond (Lactation) Granola Bars


When Ben was first born two and a half months ago I prepared a simple batch of no-bake lactation cookies.  With ingredients like oats, flax seeds and brewer’s yeast, they were a natural way for my body to keep up with the needs of a hungry baby. When I went to make a second batch, [...]

Spinach and Citrus Green Drink


Ever since Chris gifted me with a fancy blender for my birthday earlier this year, I have been having lots of fun trying out new recipes.  I use the countertop machine almost every day, making quick sorbets, pureeing soups and whirling up smoothies.  A couple months ago I posted a recipe for Maureen’s Green Drink, [...]

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