Time to reclaim breakfast – no recipes required

Breakfast is one of those meals that can easily be overlooked. For many people it’s just about convenience, grabbing handfuls of cereal or a yogurt as you’re rushing yourself or kids out the door. Even even worse it can become picking at office treats, regretting you didn’t take the time earlier in the morning to…

A Taste of Mexico City with Kids

You could say that Mexico City is having a bit of a moment right now, after spending the past five days eating and exploring our way through the city with our kids I understand why. We decided somewhat last minute to book a trip over Christmas, looking for a place none of us had been…

What’s Cooking this Hanukkah

For the past several years we have hosted an annual Hanukkah party/gift exchange. This is one of those holidays that is meant for grazing, we’re starting out early on a Sunday afternoon which just calls for a casual spread, the centerpiece being a big appetizing board (see inspiration below). I’m also brining brisket back on…

#thestew and why recipes go viral

If you were born in 1981 (cutoff age for millennials) and/or follow the New York Times Cooking columnist, cookbook author and foodie starlet Alison Roman then you will recognize this image immediately. For those who need an introduction, this Spiced Chickpea Stew with Coconut and Turmeric was created by Roman herself, published to the New…

When the best meals require no recipes

I was lucky enough to receive a delivery last week from a friend who is working with Mutti Tomatoes, which has been operating as a family run business out of Italy for over 100 years. Canned tomatoes are a staple in most pantries and for me, are used on a pretty much weekly basis for…

Home for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in our family has evolved over the years to become a holiday hosted by my dad and stepmom who married four years ago over Thanksgiving weekend, a few short years after each lost their own spouses to cancer. Together, they have built a home to host our newly blended family including six children (plus…

Best Birthday Brownies

It’s hard to believe my oldest baby turns 8 today! We celebrated over the weekend with a sleepunder party. Think all the best parts of a sleepover (pajamas, movie, games, popcorn, ice cream sundaes, flash light tag) but then got to send the girls home to bed for a good night’s sleep. I found these…

Fall Soups to Cook Right Now

As soon as the temperature starts dropping and the leaves start changing colors all I want to do is make SOUP! Below are two great fall soup recipes to try right now, both which can be prepped in under 20 minutes. The first, is Martha Stewart’s Apple-Butternut Squash Soup. I keep coming back to this…

Rosh Hashanah Traditions Old and New

This year marks the fourteenth year that my husband and I have hosted Rosh Hashanah together. Our tradition started in Boston, where I was in grad school at the time. It was too hard to fly back to be with our families in the middle of the week with our busy schedules so we gathered…

What’s on my Rosh Hashanah Menu

I don’t usually post my menus before an event but I am so excited about this year’s Rosh Hashanah dishes that I wanted to share before the holiday in the hopes it inspires others to try something new. I’ll be tripling most of the recipes but like all good Jewish mothers woke up this morning…