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Artichoke and Feta Hummus (without Tahini)

The girls’ new activities are in full swing. Maddie is on her way to become a world-renowned violinist, and both girls are on their journey to be celebrated dancers. Okay, maybe not. Still, our schedule is full of lessons and practices. And we haven’t even added Riley’s harp lessons yet! (more…)

Basil and Mint Pesto

It is summertime, and the garden is in full swing! This year, I added a raised bed to my deck. It is has officially replaced the random collections of pots on my deck that never successfully grew anything. The new raised bed on the otherhand is an herb master. Or it was until Charlie figured out that she can jump into it and tear plants out. Crazy puppy! (more…)

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Lime Tortilla Strips

Daycare germs don’t often phase me anymore. Having been in the daycare system for six years now, I have a pretty tough immune system. This year, though, the back-to-school and daycare germs hit at the same time, leaving both Maddie and me suffering. It may have been 80 degrees outside, but we were in need of soup. (more…)

Fried Green Tomatoes

I am a bad gardener. It’s true. But I’ve never found that to be a good reason to give up on the dream of having homegrown food, so I begin the fated adventure over again each year in hopes of a better return. This year, I succeeded! It wasn’t the success of a seasoned gardener. I lost a few plants to overcrowding and for some reason couldn’t get cilantro to grow. I did, however, enjoy my favorite arugula salad with my own arugula, and there was a solid week that I packed salads for lunch with my own green leaf lettuce. (more…)

Dad’s Famous Grilled Potatoes

Growing up, my dad didn’t cook a lot, but when he did, it was always really good. He typically spent a lot of time on his dishes, and the result was always really great. Except for a couple, which led to some traumatizing flavor experiences. For example, Borscht. Of course, there were times when we weren’t in need of anything fancy, and he felt like firing up the grill. It was these times that he whipped up the most fantastic grilled potatoes. They weren’t his usual extended-time recipes, but their flavor was always amazing and I couldn’t get enough. (more…)