Monday Meals: Chicken and Snow Pea Stir Fry

The winter in South Texas has been pretty mild, so if you're a gardener in these parts, you're already picking your first batch of snow peas from the vines. That is the case with my friend and colleague, Bob. We are often discussing or rather commiserating on our gardens and the weather and the bugs. He got his snow peas planted by early February and today put a large bag of them, perfectly green and crisp, on my desk. I immediately started munching away like some overgrown Peter Rabbit. But, … [Read more...]

Mostly Multiples Links

We've repacked the Uhaul and we are on our way back to Texas today. This was a picture of us coming to Denver, and I'm sure the picture tomorrow would be similar but with less smiley faces. (The end of a trip is always sad for me!) But I wanted to share some fun things I found on the internet about multiples. Now wouldn't this be a surprise: They were expecting identical twins and delivered identical triplets! An interesting read about life as an identical twin. Do your identical twins … [Read more...]

Baby Kale and Chickpea Salad

Often as parents we assume that our children won't like something and so we don't even provide the opportunity for them to make up their own minds. Such was the case with the Baby Kale Salad with Chickpeas; I made a large bowl of it thinking that I had actually made myself lunch for the week. I wasn't even going to serve it to the rest of the family. But, when they saw it in the bowl, everyone wanted to try some! I didn't have one leaf left for lunch the next day. This is salad is so simple … [Read more...]

How to Get your Kids to Eat Almost Anything

I'm a huge advocate for dinner. I cook it almost every night and there is really no predicting what it might be. When my husband and I were first married cooking dinner was actually a sour point of our nascent marriage. Scott had been a bachelor for 11 years and for 11 years he had pretty much decided what he'd eat for dinner. Usually it was a salad. . .or some take out. This arrangement worked well for him until the new wife decided that she, armed with the wedding gift, Marc Bittman's How … [Read more...]

The Cool Cucumber: the perfect (easy) side dish

Today I'm paying homage to my maternal Hungarian roots. Living in San Antonio has meant that I've adopted quite a few flavors and recipes from my husband's Hispanic heritage. But, today we go back to the Ohio Valley where my mom's family settled and bring forward a delicious, easy, and oh-so-cool cucumber salad that is the PERFECT accompaniment to almost any cooked meat. Usually when I do a cucumber salad I'm putting on a vinaigrette and my family loves it that way. Even Will, my … [Read more...]

Picadillo: Fast food that you’ll love

The passing of Labor Day means that there is no more pretending that we are just "easing" into the school year. We are full speed ahead and already over scheduled with back to school nights, projects, soccer practices and games, birthdays, and scouts. Right now I'm still a stickler about family meals and sitting together for dinner, but I've had to concede every Wednesday for soccer practices which start as early as 5:30 for Luke and Will. So dinner for them is around 4:30 and Scott feeds the … [Read more...]

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...]

Make your Summer Salad Sing with this Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

What brings an ordinary salad to that other level that makes people scraping out the bowl and asking for more? At the family reunion/baby shower that I wrote about here I made a large salad to accompany the fajitas. The sweet mom-to-be, Amie, specifically asked that I make a salad for the party. Unfortunately it was the last thing I put together and to be honest I just opened a box of mixed greens and added some purple cabbage and slice red peppers for color. Then I found this recipe on … [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...]