Shrimp Tacos (or: How to Spice Up a Mild Palate)

In this house, we like to joke that ketchup is a spice. Until no one’s laughing, and the children are gulping their glasses of milk like they’re going out of style. There’s a dominant palate in this house. One that firmly advocates a walk on the mild side. Seasoning is acceptable. Spice is not. So…

My Love Affair with Salads in a Jar

It’s been a couple of years now that I’ve been loving salads in a jar. The premise is pretty simple: take a jar big enough to hold the size of salad you like to eat, and layer in all the ingredients, starting with the wettest ingredients at the bottom and ending with the lettuce as…

Super Simple Summer Dessert: No-Bake Key Lime Pie

Tonight’s dessert is brought to you by a healthy dose of nostalgic impulse. It was one of those mornings where it felt like nothing was going according to plan…from a toddler waking up more than an hour before she was expected to, to unbridled resistance to the order of getting dressed, the act of meal…

School’s Out for Summer! – or – Ode to Pretzel Crack

It all started innocently enough. I’m big on thanking people who rock their jobs, so when it comes to the teachers and specialists my son interacts with at school, there was no question: they needed a little something to start their summers off on the right foot.   After collecting some summer sipping cups that had…

Love from Hell

Valentine’s Day — a highly commercialized expression of love, some would say. Not the most wonderful time of the year for those who don’t have someone to love (worse for those who have someone who doesn’t return their love). But for our kiddos, it’s another way to show their affections for friends and even teachers….

Good manners: gifts for your care team

Upfront, let me just say that this is in no way a “must do.” Everyone has different care experiences, and some believe this is going too far. This is intended to share what I did without turning it into a “should” for you, dear reader. Unless you think it doesn’t go far enough. I’m not…

Cheese Week! Last Chances and Full Fromagical Nerdity

It’s Friday! Which means that Cheese Week is drawing to a close. As is the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a pair of free tickets to the Minnesota Cheese Festival. So, let’s get the business end out of the way first: want to enter? You have until midnight tonight to leave a…

Cheese Week! Chevre, take me away…

Sometimes, you have a day. It’s not that the day was bad, but you wouldn’t call it good either. It was just a day. And you need a little break, the chance to hit the reset button to make it through to the end of it. Maybe a little snack? Something to amuse the bouche?…

Cheese Week! Tomato, tomahto.

“So, as Cheese Week continues here, will my cholesterol be significantly higher?” This was the question put to me by my husband as he reached for his third slice of today’s featured recipe. “Can I have something else, I don’t think I like this,” came the complaint from my son as I told him what…

Cheese Week! Cheese is for kids.

Cheese isn’t just for grown-ups, you know. And kids shouldn’t be limited to cheeses that come in bright packaging with illustrations on it, having them identify more with a character than the contents of the cheese. Which is why I was thrilled when I noticed that the Minnesota Cheese Festival offers a kids rate for…

Cheese Week! Stuffed French Toast, for starters…

This week is one that’s anticipated by many in our fair state, as the State Fair opens on Thursday. Not only is there unparallelled people watching, but the State Fair also brings forth some truly innovative food concepts for the masses to taste and either love or hate. But that’s not what Cheese Week is…

First the meat, then the cheese.

So, we’ve been enjoying the summer around here. And not blogging as much, evidently. But with August more than half-gone, let’s take a moment to share one more recipe. Then we’re going to take a break from our getting-ready-for-another-baby groove and spend the week anticipating another important September event: the Minnesota Cheese Festival. (Consider that…