Make that Pork feel Special with a Good Rubdown

Nothing says DINNER! like taking a roast out of the oven and ceremoniously presenting it to a group of admiring and hungry people.  But when the school year begins (ok, heck anytime of year!) and the schedule is overwhelmed with homework and projects and sports practices and Scouts and music lessons, we might be tempted to just detour to the closest drive-thru. Not today! I have two EASY recipes for rubs that will save you a ton of time and make your family will think you are absolutely … [Read more...]

Korean Beef

If mother of multiples posts a recipe that she says is easy AND ALL OF HER CHILDREN LOVE IT, you may as well add it to your repertoire of meals--especially meals that need to be done 15 minutes ago. Thus is the case with this recipe of Korean Beef (not actually sure if it is in fact, Korean) that was posted on the San Antonio Mother's of Multiples Cooking page. This should be filed under the key words easy, kid friendly, sweet, fast. I think the sweet part is what my family of sugar hounds … [Read more...]

Monday Meal: Squash with Pork

I love that the name of this recipe starts with a vegetable and then mentions the meat--as if the meat is a complement to the squash. The Spanish name for this is Calabacita con Carne de Cerdo and this particular recipe comes from my mother-in-law who daily fed eight children! Yellow squash was on sale last weekend at the grocery store so I bought some. This is a wonderful recipe to have in the summer when your garden (or those of your neighbors) runneth over with squash and zucchini. I think … [Read more...]

Monday Meal: A Secret, Game-Changing Ingredient

So my colleague, Heidi, and I were chatting at work and she mentioned that she was fixing chili for dinner. I groaned. I don't like chili--at least the kind with ground beef and kidney beans and red sauce. My apologies to my mom (a wonderful cook!) who would occasionally make it when I was growing up; it was one of the few foods I just didn't have the taste for. Now, her corn bread muffins that went with it were amazing and well worth chili night! Last week, Scott, hearing that the weather … [Read more...]

When it is too quiet. . .and I’m getting too much done. . .

So I was making dinner this evening, thinking to myself, This is great! Homework done and the four boys are outside playing baseball. Wow! What a long way from a few years ago where making dinner meant holding one while the other climbed up my leg and two more raided the pantry for Cheerios. I had that LOOK AT ME ROCK THIS DINNER THING moment. YEAH, I'VE GOT THIS DOWN. . .Let ME tell you how it is done. . . As a matter of fact my friend, Amie, a mother of three year old twins, asked me … [Read more...]

Beef Green Chili Stew–the 12 Minute Meal

This post should be titled YOU NEED AN ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER--because anyone who is stressed during dinner time needs one.  And, if you are pregnant (or getting married), please, please, please register for an electric pressure cooker--you can thank me later! Here's how this meal started. On Monday mornings our local grocery store discounts the better cuts of meat that didn't sell over the weekend. The meat is nearing it's "sell-by" date--but still good. So, I've been buying 1/2 price … [Read more...]

Steaming Bowl of Potato Soup

You know me. I start with a recipe--usually using it as a reference--because I haven't done that planning that would ensure I have all the necessary ingredients. Such was the case with today's dinner, Potato Soup. I started with this recipe from Allrecipes, Potato Leek Soup.  It had great rating--but even as important--I had enough of the ingredients that I could punt. Of course I didn't have the leeks (although those would have been GREAT!) so I sauteed some onions and diced up some green … [Read more...]