California Dreaming on a Winter’s Day

Earlier this week Dad left for a conference in sunny California. It’s the first time in quite sometime that we’ve been apart – and the kiddos sure are missing him. And while I’m enjoying hogging an entire bed, I  miss him too. So tonight we decided to break with protocol a bit and cook-up a weeknight meal straight out of California. The recipe idea was given to us by a good friend Beth – a great cook and former New Englander, turned Californian (even though she’s now mostly in FL). Beth threw out a few meal options and the kids liked the idea of Breakfast Burritos. Thanks Beth! So here’s to you Dad.  We hope you’re enjoying CA and can’t wait to see you!  Continue reading

A Brazilian Valentine

After a crazy (but totally fun) weekend, we’re ready to have our cooking around the world night – and on Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect way to end the day. Miss A has decided to take us to Brazil after picking a color-coded country on her globe. This came as a huge shock to us all as we were sure she was going to pick a pink colored country. Brazil is green! That said, we couldn’t be more excited to begin our Brazilian adventure. This week we needed some quick options since it’s a weeknight and we’ve got homework and routines to run through. So our menu for this evening is Brazilian Chicken with Coconut Milk from allrecipes.com (I’m not sure if this is an authentic Brazilian chicken or not, but it’s what we found that works for this evening) and Pao de Queijofrom a great cooking blog Bewitching KitchenContinue reading

Special Thursday Night Edition–Holland Style

Today we continued our tour of Holland with Appelmoesand Slavinken.  20 inches of snow gave Mr. N a snow day, and me too, and so we decided to cook a day early.  Mom picked the recipes and they were awfully good winter fare.

Appelmoes is, I suppose, the Dutch word for applesauce, and this was good and very easy to make.  I peeled the apples and Mr. N willingly diced them.  Last week he was petrified of the knife, but today he started grabbing for it and talking like he was an old pro who sliced and diced things all the time.  Quite a lot of progress in a week, I was proud of him.  Nervous though, and nervous his little sister’s gonna want to start chopping things too.  While Mom finished dicing, Mr. N juiced the lemon, then drank the excess straight!  Miss A wasn’t so keen on that.  A little bit of spice, a little bit of microwaving, and a little bit of mashing and we had Appelmoes.  Continue reading

Kid Friendly Twist to Key Lime Chicken

We thought we’d throw out a quick update to the Key Lime Chicken recipe. We had three leftover key lime chicken breasts and they made for a tasty and fast Monday night dinner! We sliced the chicken into thin strips, layered it on a flour tortilla shell and added a blend of Mexican cheeses. Optional ingredients included black beans and jalapeno peppers. We then topped with another shell and toasted them on a griddle. To finish we dabbed the quesadillas with a medium tomato-based salsa and were good to go. Mom and dad really liked this take on the recipe from last week (both in taste and preparation). Mr. N was also a big fan – in fact, he said he liked it better than our meal Friday night. Miss A, well she still wasn’t a fan of the chicken, but ate the quesadilla filled with black beans and cheese (chicken was pulled out and tossed on the floor, table and chair! Yeah, we get the message Miss A.). So this bonus meal may give the Key Lime Chicken a bump in our book. Enjoy the week!