From the category archives:

Dinner on the table

Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

Terrific cookbook: Parents Need to Eat Too

February 14, 2012

If I had the chops to write a cookbook, this is exactly the one I’d want to write. It has chapters for one-handed meals (that you can eat with one hand, sadly not cook with one hand), slow cooker dinners, best foods for breastfeeding, and tricks for spreading out the prep among various nap segments. […]

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Use scissors to get kids cooking

February 1, 2012

Reprinted from the wayback machine cuz I’m super busy today. Holden and I used to cook together a lot. Before his little brother Milo joined our family, Holden would stand by my side at the kitchen sink and crack eggs, stir with a whisk, or rip greens for a salad. Unfortunately, I must confess, I […]

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Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

Makin’ it: Easiest salmon ever

January 23, 2012

I am constantly on the lookout for shortcuts in the kitchen. Delicious in two minutes with three ingredients? Now you’re talking. This easiest salmon in the world “recipe” is about 20 minutes from fridge to table; it is simple, hands-off, and delicious. I served it with pride to my picky (foodie) book club and routinely […]

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What’s dinnertime like in your house? (Giveaway!)

November 29, 2011

Omigod, once again I am totally serious and unsmiley in this Ragu video clip. What is my problem? I really am proud that I’m giving my kids the dinner experience I dreamed of as a kid. I am happy! I should be smiling when I describe it! Instead, I look like I’m discussing foreign policy. […]

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Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

Stuffing Challenge, part 2

November 20, 2011

I accepted the great stuffing challenge of 2011 because I love me some stuffing. I spent hours this weekend reading recipe websites and perfecting my stuffing recipe to use on the big day this Thursday. NOT. I do love stuffing, but who has time for hours in the kitchen in preparation for hours in the […]

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What are your EASIEST dinners? Go!

November 3, 2011

Help me, friends. I have a screamy baby. And two other hungry children. Dinnertime is the worst. For all of us. Last week, when I found myself breastfeeding while trying to remove a 450 degree frittata from the oven, I knew I needed help. All my go-to dinners are suddenly too hard with a needy […]

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Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

Activity #43: Try a half-sleepover

October 24, 2011

When our kids were younger, Heather was a little bit obsessed with putting them to bed at each other’s houses in order to allow us to have nighttime plans with each other. We pulled this off quite a bit when we were rookie moms. With two kids each now, it’s not really worth the hassle; […]

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My kids are cool with leftovers

October 20, 2011

In the Ragu-sponsored video we are sharing this week, I chat with my blogging buddies Kim Tracy Prince and Renee Ross about leftovers. Since I make two separate dinners for my family (adults vs kids), I don’t personally struggle with convincing my kids to eat leftovers. The kids are not eating what Ryan and I […]

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Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

Love makes a family

September 28, 2011

This post was going to be a quick one – just to let you know that there is a new Ragu video I’m in where I talk to Kim Tracy Prince (of diaper driving fame) and Renee Ross about how dinner is different “when Dad is in the kitchen.” But now I feel like I’ve […]

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Activity #148: Fill your freezer before your baby arrives

August 21, 2011

A couple years ago, before this new little baby was a twinkle in my eye, I reached out to Erin Chase from 5 Dollar Dinners to ask her for her EASIEST tips for new moms trying to get dinner on the table. She went one better. Rather than a few handy tips, she shared with […]

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Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

The Ragu Panel recap

May 25, 2011

Remember those videos I made with the Ragú® folks? One of the other moms, Daphne, was saying that she got stuck in a dinner rut and actually watched one of her own videos and felt re-invigorated. I love it! Who better from to get tips that actually work for your unique situation? Yourself! Dear self, […]

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Dinner together – do you do it? (Sponsored)

April 11, 2011

Tell me about your dinner rituals. Are you driven by treasured memories of the way you grew up or by a determination to compensate for what you never had? Or do work schedules dictate a barely-make-it-to-the-table-and-it’s-witching-hour-so-I’ll-just-eat-cereal-at-9-pm practice in your household? My role in the kitchen has changed radically since I’ve had kids. My husband and […]

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