Tag: family

A New Year of Happiness

2016 was a year full of deep disappointment and overwhelming sadness, for many people. You may have started seeing posts in your social media feeds offering up lists of all the glorious things that also happened in 2016, as if they somehow cancel or balance out all the truly awful things that happened in 2016. ...

Winter Solstice Anise Cookies

Today is Winter Solstice, the first day of Winter, and the shortest day of the year. From here on out, the days will slowly get longer, with a bit more sunlight each day, until Spring Equinox, when the sun will chase Winter away at last. It’s been wintry here for a few weeks now, though. We’ve ...

Saturday Evening Pasta: Shrimp Stir-Fry with Pumpkin Noodles

At this time of year, it’s always tempting to run just one more errand, stop at just one more store to find just one more little gift or decoration. But today was a snowy day, best spent at home off of the roads. It was a pajama day, a perfect day to focus on home ...

Comfort Food Sunday: KISS Edition

Nope, sorry, not that KISS. Now that I am focusing my attention on the holiday tomfoolery here in the house, sometimes dinner is somewhat informal. The desire to deck our halls and follow our passions often results in The Boy hungry, well, always, me hungry in the early evening because I forgot to have a snack, and The Husband ...

Saturday Evening Pasta-Comfort Food Sunday Double Feature: Spaghetti and Meatballs-The Family You Choose

When I am looking for something that will comfort me while I am cooking it, as well as while I’m eating it, my go-to choice is usually Italian food. I am not Italian, and I did not grow up eating much Italian food, but I have learned to cook a variety of cuisines, and Italian is my favorite ...

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Comfort Food Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner

I love putting together a big family breakfast. Family breakfast could be homemade pancakes, waffles, or French toast, almost always with eggs the way everyone likes them, either sausage or bacon, sometimes fresh fruit if I need to feel saintly. It could be a big pan of scrambled eggs and diced ham with freshly baked muffins, ...

Thanksgiving Recap

To recap, last night’s tiny turkey dinner featured: Cantonese Turkey Thighs and Wings (adapted from this recipe) Hmong Bread Stuffing (adapted from this recipe) Stir-Fried Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms, Sesame and Red Pepper Threads Canned Cranberry Jelly Pumpkin Tarts with a Pat-in-the-Pan Butter-Ginger Crust Chinese Five Spice-inspired Caramelized Pecans, Candied Ginger, and Pink Peppercorns ...