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. 12: O mangi questa minestra o salti dalla finestra

 We left for Syracuse on Friday around noon. The first thing I did that morning was say, "What kind of paint?"What kind of paint, that is, did the dog spill, o son who is knocking on my bedroom door first thing in the morning? And was there any possible way I could wait until the sun was up before I got up and started cleaning up the dog paint tracks that covered four rooms as he dashed around in a guilty panic? Was it, perhaps, tempera paint? Or even watercolors?It was wall … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 11: Here comes the quiche, doot-n-doo-doot

SATURDAY CANDY HAM and CHEESE CANDY CANDYCANDY Halloween was Saturday, you'll recall! No sense in making dinner when there's trick-or-treating to get done. They had some cheese sticks or something before they left, then got home and ate their way through a mountain of candy. After a few hours of this, I offered them ham and cheese. A few of them declined; a few didn't even bother to respond; and a few behaved as if it was the food of the gods, because it was so refreshingly … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 10: ‘At’samatta for you?

  SATURDAY HOBBIT BIRTHDAY! Roast chicken, asparagus, braided stuffed bread, and roast apples; hot cider; birthday cake and ice cream.One of my four teenagers had a birthday. Fine, her birthday was last month. But when we finally got around to having a party, it was pretty good. It was a dinner party very loosely based on The Hobbit.Mommy blogging alert and disclaimer. I like making crafts, decorating cakes, and crap like that. It is fun for me. If you hate crafts and stuff, … [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. 8: Pan Roasted Woodchuck with Autumnal Vengeance

Question of the week: What's your "Yay, It's Finally Fall Weather!" dish? Something that you only cook or bake or eat at this time of year. It's okay if it's some kind of pumpkin spice bullshit. This is a safe space. Here's what our week in food looked like: SATURDAY Cheeseburgers; homemade fries; salad; cookies Today it's raining, and we've had a few frosts already, and have turned on the heat for the year. Love that cozy smell of toasted dust. But last Saturday, it was still warm, and Mr. … [Read more...]

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