Archives for June 2009

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Any Day Pancakes

by TT June 30th, 2009| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
any-day-pancakesAlthough the most frequently requested breakfast in our house is a batch of scones, the schedule of my mornings doesn't allow for that on weekdays or busy weekends.  However, I always have time to make homemade pancakes.

This pancake recipe is so simple you never will need to buy boxed pancake mix again.  With only seven ingredients that are baking staples, they are quite simple to make.  The pancakes have a delicious vanilla flavor, and the batter can be made thicker or thinner depending on your preference.

To make this breakfast more appealing to all eaters, add-ins can be incorporated after
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Smoky Swiss Fondue

by TT June 23rd, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
I have to admit I'm a little behind in posting this recipe.  Smoky & Swiss Fondue was my husband and my late night Monday dinner. . .last week.  However, it's been one of those weeks that seems extra long.  Let's just say that what was supposed to be two separate weeks of business travel for my husband became one two-week trip due to a cancelled flight caused by rainstorms at O'Hare last Friday.  So, with many end of the year school activities and four kids missing said husband over the weekend, I had other things occupying my time that were
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Veggie Stirfry

by TT June 19th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
veggie-stirfryWhen we had coconut shrimp for dinner the other night, the kids and I debated what we could serve with it.  Steamed broccoli or grilled squash didn't seem to make good pairings.  So, we decided to go with a stirfry.

I have learned that in order for a stirfry to sell itself, it should have at least one ingredient that is preferred by each of the kids.  If each knows that a favorite vegetable is in the stirfry, typically he or she will "suffer" through the other undesirable parts of it.  Of course, it still requires some compromise, as not all
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Uniquely Spiced Pork Chops

by TT June 17th, 2009| Main Dishes, Recipes
spiced-pork-chopsSometimes a weekend can provide a nice assortment of enjoyable moments.  Take this past Saturday for example.  With only one child at home in the morning, we started the day by getting a few small work projects done, while our daughter proudly made breakfast.  After retrieving our son from an overnight stay, we headed to the mall for some shopping.  The next stop was the grocery store, at which the four of us planned that night's dinner.  During the afternoon the kids hung out with friends while my husband and I took a walk and worked on dinner.  An enjoyable
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Mango Pineapple Salsa Salad

by TT June 15th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
mango-pineapple-salsa-saladOur 11 year old daughter and my husband have been working together on a small container garden.  Most of the plants are herbs and have been growing slowly.  However, this weekend our daughter noticed that the cilantro was getting quite big and could be used for cooking.

This prompted the big question, "What can we make with cilantro?"  After explaining that cilantro is a common ingredient in Mexican or Spanish dishes, she and I decided to make sort sort of homemade salsa.

In an attempt to make this dish more appealing for her, so that she would get to sample the fruits
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Coconut Shrimp

by TT June 11th, 2009| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes
coconut-shrimpWhen I was planning the week's menu, I asked the kids for some input.  Our 13 year old son requested shellfish for dinner one night.  However, he wasn't certain how he would want it prepared.  With a week of rain and cool temperatures forecast, I suggested soup.  That wasn't quite what he had in mind.  My next suggestion was coconut shrimp, and that sounded perfect to him.

I had made coconut chicken tenders a couple months ago, and the recipe was a hit.  They were easy to  make and had a decent amount of crunch even though they were baked instead
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Review: Washington Street Ale House, Wilmington, DE

by TT June 8th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
washington-street-ale-houseOn a weekend trip to Delaware, we were seeking a restaurant near our hotel that would please adults and kids alike.  Thankfully, the concierge at our hotel recommended the Washington Street Ale House.

Entering the restaurant, we were greeted by the hostess and seated at one of the available tables on the restaurant side, which was sparsely filled.  The lounge portion of the restaurant was fairly packed.  Our waitress, Shannon, greeted us and asked to take our drink orders.  As we had had a moment to check out the menu, my husband also ordered an appetizer at this point.

Shannon returned
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Lemon Vinaigrette

by TT June 3rd, 2009| Recipes, Salads
lemon-vinaigretteAs both my husband and I are foodies, our children are exposed to a variety of food experiences.  New recipes and ingredients are regular parts of our meals.  Interesting restaurants (meaning places that don't offer chicken tenders on its menu) are visited.  Television shows that have cooking, restaurant reviews, or food travel are watched often.

So, last Saturday morning after an hour of mindless children's cartoons, we switched to a cooking show, a real cooking show in which the chef made everything from scratch.  Our 11 year old daughter was watching with us, and upon seeing homemade salad dressing announced, "I
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Goat Cheese and Nectarines

by TT June 1st, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes
fruit-and-cheeseLast Friday night was a typical weekend night for us.  Our 13 year old was headed to the movies with a friend, and our 11 year old had 2 friends over for dinner.  The three girls were thrilled with the idea of take-out pizza for dinner, although my husband and I were less excited.  To please everyone, we ordered pizza for the girls and decided that the adults would enjoy some munchies later.

After a day of work and an evening of bringing different kids to different places, we wanted appetizers that were simple to prepare.  We had a package of
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