Crème Brûlée

You want to know what really drives my kids crazy? Most of the “fancy” desserts I make leave the house. Grasshopper brownies for Christmas parties, cookies for my students, a cheesecake for a friend’s Thanksgiving. Sure, my kids get to taste. If I’m plating something, the edges I cut off are theirs, no questions asked.Continue reading “Crème Brûlée”

Smoky Venison Chili

Do your kids ever talk you into things that no one else can? I grew up in a hunting family. but I’m the only one of my siblings who has never killed a deer. My dad always offered — I was just never that interested. My husband, too, has offered, and while I’ve always beenContinue reading “Smoky Venison Chili”

Mexi Coleslaw

So what’s the craziest thing that’s happened during a Zoom meeting for you? Mine have been fairly tame so far. I mean, other than that news guy showing up the week we started all of this. In general, I’ve managed to mute out background noise (using my son’s Fortnite headset). I’ve been, if not “professionallyContinue reading “Mexi Coleslaw”

Bacon Jam and Greens

I did not grow up eating greens. Maybe my mom thought they were too “country” (also in this category of things my mother never cooked — cabbage, pork chops, and anything fried. She would happily enjoy fried catfish or fried chicken… elsewhere.) Or maybe we were just picky kids (I do, distinctly, remember steamed broccoliContinue reading “Bacon Jam and Greens”

Banoffee Pie (Banana Caramel Pie)

Have you noticed how much friendlier people have gotten when you’re out walking around? Much to the embarrassment of my kids, I’ve always been a “waver” but now when I see friends or acquaintances or even total strangers, everyone has a huge smile and a wave. It’s like we are collectively saying “Hi! I haven’tContinue reading “Banoffee Pie (Banana Caramel Pie)”

Chicken Big Mamou

This recipe would not typically qualify as a “Tuesday night meal” for our family. Normally, we’d be rushing from piano to soccer, or Quiz Bowl to tennis, and I’d be looking for something that comes together in less than 30 minutes while kids finish up homework. Except during a stay-at-home order. And then, sign meContinue reading “Chicken Big Mamou”

No-Knead Bread

So, it’s Monday. For this first time since this stay-at-home thing started, today my motivation completely faded into nothing. I successfully got online bright and early and cancelled plane tickets and hotel reservations for our spring break trip to New York, and then I just gave up. So, part of my teacher-life is “lunch bunch”Continue reading “No-Knead Bread”