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Dinner on the table

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

Just call me Baby Angel… of the dinner table

March 9, 2011

Tonight, Scarlett spread her dessert (lime Jello) on what was left on her dinner plate (pizza crusts). Wanna hear more? As part of a project with Ragú®, called Mom’s the Word on Dinner, in which I got on a party line with some other moms and chatted about kids and dinnertime and their odd eating […]

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Bragging: I can make a casserole in my toaster oven

March 3, 2011

For Christmas, I asked my mom for a new toaster oven. She has this fancy one that Heather recommended to her and she loves it. I am a heavy user of le toaster oven and when mine broke a few years ago, I simply walked into Target and picked a new one and bought it. […]

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

5 essential rules for a streamlined kitchen

December 20, 2010

Our guest today, Rivka Caroline, is a mom of 7 and a self confessed time- and space-management junkie living in Florida. Without a lot of time or space to spare, Rivka is obsessed with new ways to save both; she won’t stop blogging till moms work smarter not harder and take the time to nurture […]

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Less tushy wiping. More fun.

December 4, 2010

Santa has spoken. The winner of the Windows 7 phone was Miranda with the suggestion of: Less cooking. More enjoying. She makes double batches and then freezes food so that she can cook once but enjoy lots! We had many other great ideas from readers, too many to mention them all, but I chose a […]

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

Finally, the case against family dinner

December 2, 2010

Family Dinner. Almost legendary for its promise to bring your family together for bonding that cannot be replaced, right? Not to mention the guilt we feel when it doesn’t happen. I strive for a family dinner every night at 6pm. If I have a simple meal planned and can get the children in front of […]

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6 date night ideas that don’t require a babysitter

November 3, 2010

With the economy totally sucking, we’ve modified our babysitter retainer model slightly and are trying to have a few more date nights at home. If you thought it was totally unrealistic when I told you to put your kids to bed before 7pm and have a date-night, I feel you. Here are six slightly more […]

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

Sunday Supper: cooking big with One-Dish Dinners

October 25, 2010

I received a free copy of Perfect One-Dish Dinners; All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers a few weeks ago and took it for a spin. Recipes are sized up to serve 6 to 12 hungry eaters so they are great not only for a weekend dinner party but also if you and your partner can […]

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4 sanity-saving cooking strategies

October 12, 2010

Laura from Plummelo sent me a few great tips for taking shortcuts in the kitchen to free up time and sanity. How could I refuse? As the woman who declared a weekly Crock Pot Night as an excuse to make dinner when I had time (during morning nap!), I love the short cuts. I hope […]

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

Taco night, a new weekly tradition

September 28, 2010

One of my favorite dinners as a kid was taco night, where everyone got to make their own tacos from a buffet of filling choices. When you’re a kid, people are always telling you what you can and can’t do or what you should and shouldn’t eat. Taco night is autonomy. It’s freedom from authority. […]

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The Stocked Kitchen, final verdict

September 19, 2010

I just finished my four week experiment based the Stocked Kitchen cookbook and I rate it an enthusiastic one thumb up. I embraced the system fully in order to take advantage of the promise: maintain the master shopping list ingredients and be able to make any recipe in the book. I lived according to the […]

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

Gingered Indian Salmon, the easy way

September 16, 2010

This recipe utilizes one of my favorite kitchen cheats, er, techniques- the marinade and the sauce are one and the same, applied differently. Essentially you put some a couple seasonings in a food processor with some yogurt and use half of the mixture for the marinade while reserving half for the sauce. The salmon cooks […]

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Stocked Kitchen report, week 3.5

September 8, 2010

I continued on with my Stocked Kitchen experiment and I have to admit that I like these authors bossing me around. It feels a little bit like when my mom came out to “help” with the new baby and she did everything wrong differently but it was so nice to have the help. Just like […]

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