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Aug. 13, 2009 8:20 am 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2009 11:47 am
Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes.  What would life be without homegrown tomatoes? I remember hearing that old country song as a kid in Chicago.  And boy could I relate!  There’s just something about a tomato that’s grown in your own yard.  Bright red, still warm,… MORE
homegrown tomatoes
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May 11, 2009 10:02 am 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2009 11:30 am
A couple of months ago, I instituted a new rule at my house.  Each daughter is to make one meal a week for the family.  It’s been a good rule.  The kids have learned some great kitchen skills, and I have had a little time off from dinner prep.  My youngest, Megan, has embraced MORE
Megan's Pavlova
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May 7, 2009 12:03 pm 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2009 7:16 pm
I had a New Year’s Eve dinner party a couple of years ago, and one of my guests came prepared with a quiz: If you were to spend the rest of your life on a desert island – and could only bring 3 foods – what would they be? Wow.  Pick?  Food?  Me?  Really?????? … MORE
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Apr. 27, 2009 8:19 am 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2009 1:12 pm
My 84 year old father-in-law visits from Chicago about three times a year.  We love having him.  He’s got quick wit, a ready laugh, and is my favorite Scrabble buddy. He fits right into our family style, seamlessly. I call him PopPop, and he arrived last week. PopPop’s got my house… MORE
rib dinner
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Apr. 3, 2009 7:47 am 
Updated: Apr. 18, 2009 9:25 am
I would watch them as they walked into the kitchen classroom.  They were excited, looking forward to some good Greek food.  They’d look around for the teacher, and soon enough, they’d realize that it was me.  They looked puzzled.  They looked disappointed!  I’m sure… MORE
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Mar. 27, 2009 8:46 am 
Updated: Mar. 28, 2009 4:11 am
My husband is turning 49.  ( I can’t believe I just wrote that…)  49…49…49… I just realized it last night.  49!  That means I’m……..never mind.  But he’s turning 49!  I met him when he was 20, married him 6 years later, and now he’s TURNING 49!!   Ok, enough… MORE
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Mar. 5, 2009 10:00 am 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2009 1:13 pm
I have a new rule at my house.  Each kid must make one family dinner a week….really!  They’re 15 and 17 for goodness sake.  They’ll be off to college before I know it and they won’t be living on ramen noodles.  Well…..maybe they will, but I at least want them to feel… MORE
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Kirkland, Washington, USA

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Aug. 2008

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Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy

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About Me
I recently returned to work full time and -- life's gotten pretty hectic. I have 2 really busy (and really hungry) teenage girls, a very active husband and an old yellow lab who really misses having me around the house. I love to cook and feel that sitting down to a meal with the family is really important. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or, frankly, the energy, to put a lot of work into meals every night. I'm determined to figure out how to get a delicious and healthy family dinner on the table with a minimum of fuss. As I figure it out, I'll post on my blog.
My favorite things to cook
I went to culinary school, taught cooking classes and read cookbooks for entertainment. Do we eat a gourmet meal every night? No way. Weeknight meals are quick and easy and, usually, nutritious. Weekends are when I have fun with my food. My weekend favorites: anything Greek, anything Italian, breads, soups and braises. I like trying new foods and techniques and love to have dinner parties.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dolmathes (Greek rolled grape leaves) for birthdays, gnocci for Christmas Eve, pitzelle cookies with my Italian pitzelle iron, jack-o-lantern cake for Halloween and avgolemono soup for whoever is in need of comfort.
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