What’s for supper? Vol. 13: Women Who Love Soup Too Much

SATURDAY CHILE RELLENO CHICKEN SOUP; CORN BREAD Saturday is the only day I came close to cooking anything interesting. THIS WAS INTERESTING.The recipe I used called for roasted poblano peppers, which I've never used before. The supermarket's labels weren't clear, and I wasn't completely sure the peppers I chose would be hot enough. They sure looked pretty, though, especially after roasting, which I did under the oven broiler:Then I took off the seeds and stems and as much of the s … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 9: Tortellini Entropy and Bread Machine Challah

My mother used to eat leftovers for lunch, and sometimes for breakfast. Her method was to take whatever she could find, put it in a pot, douse it with the salsa that she bought by the half-gallon, and stir until it was all hot and horrible. You may think that she did this just so she wouldn't have to share it with her eight locust children, but she actually liked it that way!  Although there is that disconcerting thing that happens to you when you've been a mother for a while, when you honestly c … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 8: The Fanciest Soup Picture I Have Ever Taken

Question of the week: What childhood meal are you always trying to recreate? For me, it's beef stroganoff. I've used lots of different recipes, many fancier than the one my mother used, but I haven't been able to get it to taste quite as good. Maybe the missing ingredient is walking home from school, trudging up the hill in the snow (we really did live on top of a big hill!), slogging up the porch steps, opening the front door, and stepping into a warm cloud of stroganoff aroma. … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 5: Shut up, bouillon cubes. You don’t know me.

First, I just wanted to check in with you guys, because I worry.The last thing I wanted to do was make one more place on the internet where women go to feel bad. That's not what these posts are, are they? It was just supposed to be a place to talk about food: the triumphs, the tragedies, the baloney sandwiches. Not a place to feel bad!If you don't feel like listing/aren't capable of remembering/are too ashamed to admit what you ate this week, here's a quick way to participate, without … [Read more...]

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I refuse to worry about what my kids eat for dinner.

Today, I'm making Zuppa Toscana. When I share recipes I'm trying, people often ask, "Will your kids really eat that?" The answer is: some of them, yeah. Some of them, no way. A few of them, maybe. And I am fine with that. I have two goals when I serve a meal: at least half the family should eat it, and mealtimes should be reasonably pleasant.My policy is: I decide what to cook, and they decide whether or not to eat it.We don't have food battles (or food cold wars). We don't save plates … [Read more...]

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