Category: Dinner

Not Your Mother’s Pot Roast

Pot Roast – the bastion of 1950’s kitchen cuisine.  A foundation for countless recipes using leftovers.  Gentle reminder of Sunday night dinners everywhere conjuring images of women in pearls and oven mitts.  Comfort food at its’ peak. I’ve never really been a big fan of pot roast and not because of the misogynistic images it

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I Heart Pub Food

So while I appreciate fine food and exotic ingredients, at the core my tastes are pretty pedestrian.  In the past, anytime someone has asked me what type of food was my favorite, I was embarrassed to answer, “pub food.”  But really, it’s just comfort food and is there anything better than a good burger, homemade

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“Heather, Please Pack Your Knives and Go”

I’m a die-hard Top Chef fan.  I hinted at my obsession a few months ago, but we do take it pretty seriously around here.  In fact, the other night Madison asked me if I could sit with her while she got ready for bed but after taking one look at the TV, decided to ask

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Testing My Limits Barefoot Contessa-Style

Out of boredom, I challenged myself a few weeks ago to try some new recipes.  I had just purchased the newest Ina Garten cookbook in hopes of gaining some inspiration but to be honest, the first time I flipped through it I kinda thought, “hmm.”  Clearly I wasn’t in the mood to be inspired. So

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A Tale of Two Meatloaves

Boy has my cooking come a long way…… Just recently Madison discovered one of my very first cookbooks – Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Cookbook.  Last week as I was working in the kitchen and she was lying on floor flipping through cookbooks – a girl after my own heart – she announced that she would

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Eve Dinner

From a food standpoint, Christmas Eve started off badly.  In short, I committed the cardinal sin of farmers market shopping – making a list.  I think I’ve mentioned before that I am able to purchase roughly 70% of my weekly groceries at the Vista Farmers Market – one of the best markets in North County. 

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Picnic

Every year since I was four the Christmas Elf has come to visit on December 1st, (well not every year – there was that 14-year stretch when there weren’t any kids around.)  But for the past three Christmases, the Christmas Elf has come to visit on December 1st.  During my childhood he would usually leave

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12 Days of Christmas: Decorating the Tree

This past Sunday I had the entire house to myself.  The weather was a little chilly, (for Southern CA at least) and I felt like cooking.  Knowing that we had a busy week of holiday-oriented activities on the calendar, I decided to make all of the dinners for the week which was relatively easy (I

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Annual Christmas Parade

This is actually the first year I’ve experienced my town’s Christmas Parade and let me tell you – it’s everything you would expect from a small town parade.  The whole town lined Main Street (yes, it really is called Main Street) and I think there were at least 12 fire trucks, 10 marching bands, every

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My Lifelong Love Affair with Lasagna

I had leftover lasagna today for lunch and it was SOOO much better than it was for dinner the other night (which really, I didn’t think was possible.)  But before I begin singing the praises of my (sorta) own lasagna recipe let me give you a little back story about my history with lasagna. As

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