Weekend Links

As the sun poured through our kitchen window this morning and I lazily cracked eggs for breakfast, my husband Danny blurted out a statement that he obviously needed to get off his chest:

“You know, if I were in charge of the kitchen, there would be more coffee cake.”

His comment both amused and surprised me. For starters, he has no misconceptions about the kitchen’s domain and second, he almost never complains, so his vocalizing a desire for coffee cake was not one to ignore.

Anyway, it made me think of a coffee cake I saw this week on Shaina’s blog, and so of course that recipe is included in my weekend links, along with plenty more ‘Good Things’… [Read more…]

“Fun-due” for the Whole Family

The term ‘One-Pot Meal’ usually congers up images of hearty Irish lamb stew or spicy chicken curry, but perhaps not as often, the idea of a cheese fondue. That is unfortunate, because a fondue is a perfect dish to linger over with your family during cold winter evenings and dirties only one lonesome pot in the making.

We ate traditional Swiss fondue regularly before we had children, but when my son’s palate turned out to be not favorable to strong cheese (and nearly everything else, but that’s beside the point), I gave up on attempting a happy family meal of fondue. Fortunately, Lynn, a wise mother of five, worked the kinks out of this recipe and developed it to be practically irresistible to small hands. Talk about a winner! [Read more…]

9 Tips to Successful Menu-Planning

Would you be jealous if you knew that I have a magic half hour? It magically makes my food and gas bills shrink, my family healthier, and my life less stressful. Don’t you wish you had that magic half hour, too?

The good news is that you do. All you have to do is use it.

That magic half hour is for menu planning. By planning ahead for the week I reduce the number of trips to the grocery store, avoid last-minute fast food dinners, and totally skip over the hour of doom (you know, the hour before dinner is due on the table and you stand looking in the refrigerator hoping to be able to produce something edible in 40 minutes from slimy lettuce, cottage cheese, and spicy barbecue sauce).

Here’s how it’s done in my home: [Read more…]

Simplify Dinner with a One-Pot Meal

One-pot meals are like the footie pajamas of the family table; cozy, familiar, and easy to throw on. They offer the pleasure of home cooking assembled with little fuss and minimal clean-up, and nearly always contain a starch, protein and vegetable all rolled into one happy dish.

One-pot meal defined

Most cultures have their version of the one-pot meal. The Italians stir up creamy risotto, the Spanish steam fragrant paella and the French serve a perfect cassoulet, to name but just a few. Versions of this dish span the globe from nearly every ethnicity, the defining factor is in its name: it requires only one pot. That pot may be a wok, a Dutch Oven, a skillet or tagine, but everything is prepared in that one vessel and the melded flavors combine to produce something extraordinary. [Read more…]

Weekend Link Love (and Giveaway Winner!)

There were over 1600 entries for our blogwarming basket giveaway and over 6200 entries over our entire Simple Living Media’s  launch ‘Week of giveaways’. You really know how to sweep us off our feet!

A warm thank you to all who participated in the giveaway. You comments will be very helpful as I lead Simple Bites into this new year.

Let’s get to the big announcement shall we? I’m very happy to congratulate……. [Read more…]