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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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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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Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins

Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins

| December 3, 2012 | 11 Comments

When I bought three pounds of cranberries for Thanksgiving, I knew I would only use two pounds for the duo of cranberry sauces I was making. Still, cranberries aren’t as readily available for much of the year, so if there was ever a time to enjoy them, it’s now. And I thought maybe — just […]

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Avocado

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Avocado

| October 19, 2012 | 7 Comments

Yesterday I decided it was time for a change of scenery so I headed to the coffee shop to work. Living in a small town that means I am likely to run into at least one person I know. So when I saw one of my daughter’s teachers from last year, I wondered if she’d […]

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Roasted Tomato, Basil and Chickpea Pasta Salad

Roasted Tomato, Basil and Chickpea Pasta Salad

| June 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

Once upon a time, I used to wonder why farmers markets didn’t open earlier in the year. Here in Connecticut, many don’t open until late June (though there are a few that open earlier), which seemed cruelly late. Why should we have to wait so long to have access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables? […]

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Leek and Bacon Carbonara

Leek and Bacon Carbonara

| June 11, 2012 | 12 Comments

The spring before Will turned 3, I was consumed with thoughts of preschool. This isn’t New York, so while there was a choice to be made, we didn’t have to contend with wait lists that begin before birth. Still, the slots fill up and time was ticking away while I held out on phoning the […]

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Toss Together Chorizo, Feta and Tomato Pasta

Toss Together Chorizo, Feta and Tomato Pasta

| March 13, 2012 | 6 Comments

On Sundays, I cook. Maybe it’s cliche, I don’t know. But Sunday is the day when I make a big batch of something for lunch that we can nibble from during the week. Hopefully that something is also good for Will’s lunch on Monday too. It’s also the day that I usually bake to fill […]

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Roasted Red Pepper, Sunflower and Walnut Pesto

Roasted Red Pepper, Sunflower and Walnut Pesto

| February 21, 2012 | 13 Comments

The kids and I have been establishing new routines this year. We’ve shed the lazy weekends that used to feel so empty and instead started packing Saturday and Sunday tight with grocery shopping at the good store, cooking, library time, church and family dinner with our extended family. Though I thought the structure of weekend […]

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Creamy Penne with Broccoli and Shrimp

Creamy Penne with Broccoli and Shrimp

| February 17, 2012 | 6 Comments

Thank you to Kraft Foods for offering me the opportunity to recreate a recipe with PHILADELPHIA Cooking Creme. Please click here to learn more about all the PHILADELPHIA Cooking Creme flavors and recipes.    Oh pasta, what a wonderful comfort you are … especially creamy ones like this easy alfredo-wanna-be. We’ll get to the recipe […]

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Smoked Cheddar and Blue Cheese Brisket Macaroni and Cheese

Smoked Cheddar and Blue Cheese Brisket Macaroni and Cheese

| February 3, 2012 | 6 Comments

Last year, a restaurant dedicated solely to macaroni and cheese opened nearby. Shawn and I had heard about it months in advance and were so excited to try it. Once it opened, we were almost instantly there with the kids. The premise is genius — take a classic comfort food and make it a bunch […]

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