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Cheese and Tomato Pizza with Garlic Bread Crust

Cheese and Tomato Pizza with Garlic Bread Crust

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Paige’s gleeful giggles have a pure melodic quality to them. When they fill the kitchen, it echos across the house — a sweet sound that never fails to make me smile. Hers are quickly joined by Will’s uncontrollable laughter. His laughter is loud and unwieldy and so, so happy. It’s joy, unleashed. We are so […]

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

| January 21, 2013 | 2 Comments

I wish I could gaze into a crystal ball and see the future, perhaps six months from now. I wish I could see that the progress we’ve made means something and our efforts — the talking, the patience, the healing books and the one-footstep-in-front-of-another philosophy — is working and will land our family and community […]

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Salsa con Queso Macaroni and Cheese

Salsa con Queso Macaroni and Cheese

| January 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

This morning, I was reading a cookbook in bed when Will came in and climbed in beside me. Soon, Paige joined us too. They both cuddled up, letting me hug them tight. We laughed and joked and even leafed through some of the cookbook together. Today was a snow day, so there was no school […]

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Salmon Cakes En Croute

Salmon Cakes En Croute

| December 10, 2012 | 6 Comments

One summer weekend a few years ago, I lured a few good friends from New York with the promise of a home cooked dinner and some girl time (as well as seeing my two little ones, who they love). During the course of cooking, I asked them to go pluck some herbs from the herb […]

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Roasted Veggies and Rice Noodles with Poached Egg

Roasted Veggies and Rice Noodles with Poached Egg

| December 6, 2012 | 6 Comments

My world right now is dominated by work and schedules and Christmas trees and baking and Christmas pageants and decorating and gift planning (we’ll get to the buying soon, I hope …) and … ‘Tis the season. Between all this push-pull of responsibilities and seasonal traditions and holiday excitement, I am trying to soak in […]

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Mediterranean Whole Grain Calzones

Mediterranean Whole Grain Calzones

| November 21, 2012 | 5 Comments

Weeknights can get so crazy. When the kids get home from school, it always seems like a mad rush to do homework, sometimes have a snack and get dinner going. But I am usually still working. And trying to oversee said homework. And managing a house full of kids and dogs. This all creates a […]

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Garlicky Shrimp, Spinach and Asiago Pizza

Garlicky Shrimp, Spinach and Asiago Pizza

| November 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

Thanksgiving is now less than a week away. But we’re going to take a tiny break from all the Stress-Free Thanksgiving discussion to talk about something equally important: Friday night fun. Just about every Friday, the kids and I dash off to the library for books and movies after school. And when we return, we […]

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Cheesy Smothered Breaded Chicken with Buttermilk Biscuits

Cheesy Smothered Breaded Chicken with Buttermilk Biscuits

| October 15, 2012 | 4 Comments

You know what? This chicken is seriously good. Every bite is a creamy, crispy, earthy, rich delight. I mean, this is the kind of dish that renders the dinner table silent as you all dig in and enjoy. It’s just that delicious. It’s pretty easy to make too. You cook the chicken on a rack, […]

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Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Bake

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Bake

| October 5, 2012 | 6 Comments

When I was in high school, dinnertime was a little complicated for our family. My parents worked. I had many activities and a job. So getting dinner on the table for all of us? It was challenging. Because there was seldom much time between when my parents got home and when I needed to go […]

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Two Cheese Steak Flatbread Pizza with Swiss Chard Chimichurri

Two Cheese Steak Flatbread Pizza with Swiss Chard Chimichurri

| October 5, 2012 | 3 Comments

Friday night in our house is Family Movie Night. It’s a family tradition that started in the dark days of winter a few years ago when I felt like work was encroaching too much on life. So I decided to do something about it … and one Friday, I announced it was Family Movie Night, […]

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