We’re in the home stretch! At the close of the school day tomorrow, it’s officially summer here in the Carlisle household. Every school year seems to fly by faster than the last, and this year, even the kids have noticed. It’s been a great year, and I’m having one of those Mommy moments as we finish things up. After tomorrow, my girls will officially be fifth and eighth graders. One will be on her way to her last year in elementary school, while the other will be moving into her last year of middle school. What was I thinking when I spaced my children out this way? This is too much parental emotion to take on in one year. I don’t feel fully prepared to have a high schooler yet. After all, I was changing her diapers and feeding her smashed peas just yesterday, it seems. And the youngest moving out of elementary school? Ugh…I’m not ready to throw my baby to the wolves quite yet. Read more...(1065 words, 9 images, estimated 4:16 mins reading time)
I was so excited when my friends at Tuttorosso got in touch with me about their holiday promotion this year. In the spirit of the season, they are “Celebrating the Sauce”, with amazing Sunday-dinner-type special recipes, as well as the most important ingredient needed for dinner…YOU!
Tuttorosso has recently launched a beautiful new website, full of ideas and recipes to inspire all of us year round, not just during the holiday season. As a special gift to their Facebook fans, they are hosting a month-long Facebook promotion called “Celebrate the Sauce”. Everyone who enters will have a chance to win one of 1,000 Tuttorosso aprons, heirloom wooden spoons and one fabulous grand prize, a Martha Stewart Cookware set! Just head over to Tuttorosso’s contest page to check out the details. Read more...(796 words, 9 images, estimated 3:11 mins reading time)
It’s hard to believe that summer is already winding down. My girls start school a week from now, but I know a lot of kids that have already started…and a few that don’t start until after Labor Day, so those of you in that category can just ignore my end of summer talk for a while. What a summer we’ve had. I fully intended on this summer being a little less busy than last summer, when I felt like I was constantly going, going, going. Well…it didn’t happen. We had a busy, but wonderful, summer and it’s flown by in the blink of an eye. Read more...(1054 words, 9 images, estimated 4:13 mins reading time)
If my kids ask what’s for dinner, and I say “Chicken and pasta”, I’m usually safe from the “Uuuuuuugh! Noooooo! WHAT? Eeeeeew!” that would have accompanied scarier responses for them like “We’re having fish” or “I’ve decided to experiment with tofu today”. I can mix other things in with the chicken and pasta, things that they don’t usually like, and they won’t complain a whole lot because they just focus on the chicken and pasta. Those are their comfort foods…their no complaint foods. So, I’m always looking for new ways to jazz up the ordinary and introduce them to new and exciting flavors and variations on their favorites. Read more...(1264 words, 11 images, estimated 5:03 mins reading time)
It’s rare that I make kebabs, and I honestly don’t know why. Talk about an easy weeknight meal! Or, they’re perfect for entertaining. Plus, with the meat and veggies taken care of, it’s almost an entire meal on a stick. Everyone loves food on a stick! Why don’t I do this more often??
After making these last night for dinner, and listening to my husband repeat over and over, and over again how much he enjoyed them, (he’s all about the subtle hint), I have a feeling I’ll be breaking out the skewers more often. Read more...(709 words, 8 images, estimated 2:50 mins reading time)
In my humble opinion, one of the greatest food inventions of all time has to be the overnight breakfast casserole. When company comes to stay and you want to treat them to something special, it’s so nice just to be able to pop something into the oven that’s ready to go, rather than bustling around the kitchen before your first cup of coffee.
I’m always looking for delicious, new, simple breakfast ideas and this one was a lot of fun. I ran across the recipe a while ago, as I was putzing around on Pinterest, and it came from a blog called Inspired Taste. It’s been sitting there, on my Food board, just waiting for guests to arrive. Last weekend, my mother and father-in-law came to visit, so I finally had my perfect testing opportunity. Read more...(762 words, 9 images, estimated 3:03 mins reading time)
One look at this salad, and I’m thinking about summer, in all of its glory. Warm weather, cool, crisp veggies fresh from the farmer’s market, lazy days, get togethers and BBQs with friends and family…this salad encompasses it all.
I’ve been making this salad for a few summers now, and every time I do, I get just as excited about it as the first time I’ve made it. Maybe even more so, because I know how good it really is now!
I start by whisking together a speedy quick dressing of olive oil, some red wine and white wine vinegar, a dash of Dijon, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Read more...(652 words, 8 images, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, so I thought I’d share one of our favorite new dinners that the dad in our house is especially fond of. When we lived in New Orleans, one of my favorite local dishes to order was jambalaya. I’ve had some good jambalayas, some pretty bad jambalayas and some rock star jambalayas. It’s not that it’s a difficult thing to make, it just seems that every place has its own little version of it, some better than others. I guess that since I’d only had a few versions of it that truly knocked my socks off, I’ve been hesitant to make it myself. This all changed when I ran across this recipe in an old, back issue of Cuisine at Home magazine. Read more...(1132 words, 11 images, estimated 4:32 mins reading time)
I love when I come across a twist on an old family favorite. I also love when I make it and it ends up being really good, and thus, a new family favorite. This, happily enough, was one of those times.
My husband had mentioned last week that we hadn’t had stuffed peppers in a while, which is a less than subtle hint to me that he’d really appreciate having them for dinner one night. I got to thinking about it and I couldn’t remember the last time I’d made stuffed peppers. I think it might have been before our girls were born, which means he was more than right…it had been a long while. It had been so long that I couldn’t remember where the recipe was that I had last used! That led me on a search for a new stuffed pepper recipe to try. Read more...(962 words, 10 images, estimated 3:51 mins reading time)