Snacks

Afternoon Snack: Yogurt, Honey and Apples

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Its just after 3 o’clock, so of course that means snack time in our house.  The kids are up from their naps, and I’m just about done with my afternoon work.  Perfect time for a healthy treat to get us through the rest of the day until dinner. We don’t keep any processed foods in [...]


Garlic Scape Pesto

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Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about garlic scapes, the curly tops of garlic plants.  Bright green in color, they are entirely edible and loaded with garlic flavor.  Because they are only available for a few short weeks every year, devotees make a mad dash for local sources before the season passes. Having no clue [...]


Grilled Corn and Green Onion Guacamole

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While we were at my parents’ house last weekend for a little staycation, I had a lot of fun making homemade meals using the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables.  Blueberry pancakes for breakfast and BBQ chicken with tomato salad, grilled corn and green beans for dinner.  I love summer! We had two ears of corn [...]


Dill and Caraway Soda Bread

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In keeping within the plant-strong guidelines of the 28 Day Health Challenge I’m testing out for Whole Foods Market, I made a hearty and tasty homemade lentil stew for dinner tonight.  Loaded with carrots, celery, tomatoes, lentils and my homemade vegetable broth, it was a comforting supper for a dreary and rainy evening. To serve [...]


Going Bananas Over Strawberries

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The local produce market I shop at once a week had a sale on domestic strawberries – just $0.50 a pound!!  Granted, the fruit was about 5 minutes from going bad and it wasn’t organic, but at that price I just couldn’t walk away.  So, I scooped up four packages, raced home and spent yesterday [...]


Baking Some Sunshine with Sweet Homemade Bread

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My best friend is moving away.  And it breaks my heart. We’ve known each other for 13 years and the list of things we share in common is staggering…we both have two little ones the same ages…we both come from relatively large families…our husbands have been best friends for years…we like the same crappy reality [...]


¡Olé! Tamale Party!

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My aunt Sheila recently invited the ladies of our family over for a tamale party.  When she married a Mexican-American man more than 20 years ago, she dove right in to her husband’s culture.  Over the years she has learned quite a few authentic Mexican recipes from her mother-in-law Joan, and we were all so [...]


Homemade Granola for a Mama of Two

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My friend Sarah over at PersonalFaves.com welcomed a new baby girl the other day.  She now has a boy and a girl, too, so I know our families will have lots of fun together watching our kids grow up.  Finding friends in this big city can be tough, so I am so grateful to have [...]


Pickles for a Picnic

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Chicago has enjoyed a very pleasant and mild October. Today was no exception. With sunny skies and the temperature in the 70s, it was a perfect day for a lunchtime picnic with my family. Evelyn packed her pink soccer ball and Mack packed his smile. I packed sandwiches, fruit, and a jar of sort-of homemade [...]


Fiesta con mi Familia de Cuatro

We love food. All kinds. Seriously, we’re not picky eaters, especially when it comes to trying new foods. Fortunately, Chicago offers us a wide variety of cuisines in many ethnic neighborhoods. We can enjoy Indian, Vietnamese, Israeli, and Polish food less than 10 minutes from our home. I have so much fun introducing Evie to [...]


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