May 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today the rain came back. The weather has been so fine in Seattle this spring. When the sun shines my productivity slows to a crawl and I am swollen with gratitude that I don’t have to be indoors. Perhaps I ought to be indoors, but I lack the willpower to plant myself in front of a computer or a stove when it’s 70 degrees outside, and the birds are chirping, and it’s still sunny for hours after dinner. Our cupboards have become bare, because how on earth could I have spent any of those precious sunny minutes in a grocery store? Children, eat this leftover macaroni and cheese and these adorable petit peas from our freezer and then let’s go outside. Yes, you can have a popsicle.
But now it is raining and I will spend this day indoors. I have had a hunk of pork shoulder in my fridge for a few days that I kept meaning to roast but, you know, I was distracted. The sun was shining. This morning I realized that this roast was destined to become shreddy, tangy pulled pork. A dinner that will evoke the sunny days of the past week, but would never have been possible without today’s rain. « Read the rest of this entry »
February 26, 2012 § 4 Comments
My children’s school district has invented a week-long holiday called ‘Midwinter Break’. It falls about three minutes after ‘Winter Break’ and two minutes before ‘Spring Break’. There are no Christmas presents to play with, and the weather outside is usually awful. Sometimes I think Midwinter Break exists to derail my daily routine, sometimes I think it is a wonderful chance to spend hours alone with my girls. It just depends.
Generally, I consider myself very lucky to be a ‘stay at home’ parent (I like that description better than ‘underemployed’). But at the dawn of Midwinter Break, 6 1/2 days ago, as I watched my husband leave for his desk job I felt raw envy. Luckily I had a plan. Phase one: The 2012 Midwinter Break Film Festival, an annual event held in my living room (sometimes there are double features). Phase two: Cook and eat and cook some more. And do it with such enthusiasm and verve that my daughters want to do it, too! Yaaaaaaay!! A key component to getting the girls revved up about helping me peel and chop vegetables is to promise a favorite dish at the end. That could be 1) Home-made Potato Chips, 2) anything involving duck fat, or 3) spaghetti with meatballs. This week called for Spag & Balls. « Read the rest of this entry »
January 7, 2012 § 4 Comments
Recently a friend and I were having a conversation about the challenge of conceiving, planning and preparing 21 meals a week (plus snacks). Spelled out like that, the enormity of this job sunk in. In addition to being nourishing, our family meals are also supposed to be varied and delicious. Give me a break. So, when I hit one out of the ballpark, I want to share it with you (and when you hit one out of the ballpark I want you to share it with me – that’s what Facebook is for!). Last night our dinner was delicious and easy to put together. It was also devoured before I had a chance to photograph a single pork chop, so I’ll do my best to paint a picture for you with words.
The name of the game: mustard. I am a latecomer to the mustard party, but now that I have arrived I am living it up. Let me count the mustards in my refrigerator….1, 2, 3, 4, 5… « Read the rest of this entry »