Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

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For some reason this seems to be the first year I’ve completely embraced citrus fruits.  I think the biggest factor is that I can finally find the “good stuff”.  For me that means blood oranges, cara cara oranges and meyer lemons.

In the past they’ve all be hard to come by.  So now the boys and I might be a little addicted, especially to blood oranges.

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Spelt Waffles

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Waffles are one of those things that are so easy to make I can’t help but wonder why anyone would ever buy store bought.  The time you put in is so minimal and yet the flavor difference between homemade and store bought is extreme.

Josh and I have had our waffle iron since we got married.  It was one of the items on our registry and let me say it gets used!  We certainly use it more now that we have three boys who are always hungry, but even when it was just us waffle breakfasts were not uncommon.

I think the thing I like most about waffles is how versatile they are.  Sure, you can go the traditional route and cover them in maple syrup.  Are you one of those people that has to have syrup in every single hole??!

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In My Kitchen – February 2017

Can you believe it’s already February?!  The time is just flying by despite some of the days dragging.  It was a strange month in our kitchen.  For nearly two weeks I was on a very restricted diet or clear liquids so the cooking and baking was a little slow.  Don’t get me wrong, the guys didn’t starve.  It just wasn’t my most creative work!

In my kitchen this month I started this new meal journal.  I write down what we have for every family dinner, not the recipe, just what we ate.  I also note how well it was received (or not so well in the case of Jack and Sean eating polenta).

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Buttermilk Biscuits

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I’m not exactly sure what took so long to put up a biscuit post.  We certainly eat biscuits a few times a month.  Perhaps it took so long because they disappear very quickly!  There isn’t a spare second to photograph them before the boys have inhaled them.

Here’s a confession, I was raised in the North.  Not exactly biscuit country.  As a result I was raised on the biscuits from a tube.  You know the kind, pop the tube open and voila, you’ve got flaky biscuits. Continue reading

In My Kitchen – January 2017

It’s a new year, wow!  Where did the time ever go?!  I look at the boys and they are getting HUGE, I know time has passed but it still surprises me sometimes.  December was a busy month as I’m sure it was for most of you.  Here’s a peek in our kitchen during that madness….

Between various holiday school parties, teacher gifts and a teacher luncheon there was a lot of action in the kitchen.  Here’s a collage  sampling of what happened in our kitchen.

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The big picture is Sean and Ewan “decorating” their own pizza on a family pizza night, always a favorite dinner night!  Then from the top right around we have:  Jack decorating some World Peace Cookies from Dorie Greenspan’s Dorie’s Cookies, the decorated World Peace Cookies, a rum cake soaking in the pan overnight for a teacher holiday luncheon, Jack posing with all the teacher gifts the boys took to school and desserts for the teacher luncheon, a veggie plate for Jack’s class holiday party, Jack making eggnog and Ewan rolling gingerbread cookies in sugar.  Wow, that was all done in just two days!!

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Compound Butter – Three Ways

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With all the rush to get things done during the holidays it’s always nice to slow down and enjoy life a little.  And simple really is better, especially in the case of these compound butters.

A post about compound butters isn’t exactly exciting or riveting, but perhaps this time of year we all need to be reminded to slow down and enjoy ourselves a little.  Sit down and enjoy your homemade meal.

Our boys have started asking for stories near the end of a meal (this all started after having dinner with my parents a while back).  They like to hear stories about when Mom and Dad were growing up or stories about when they were babies.  Anything goes.

If there isn’t time to sit at the table for a longer time to include stories there is always time to go over their rose and thorn for the day.  Their rose is what they liked about the day and the thorn is what they didn’t like.  We’re lucky, they frequently say they don’t have a thorn for the day.

Sometimes the rose is the meal they are eating.  Whenever I make cinnamon honey butter I can count on the boys being very excited about their meal.

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In My Kitchen – December 2016

It’s December, where on Earth did the time go?  I am nowhere near ready for Christmas and I don’t really care.  What gets done is great, if it doesn’t we will survive.  Every year it seems things get busier so this year amid the chaos we are going to enjoy the time we have.

With another month comes another In My Kitchen post.  This is a wonderful monthly roundup hosted by Liz over at her Good Thing’s blog.  Jump on over there and see what everyone is up to.

November was a whirlwind of a month as always, especially with Ewan’s birthday being two days before Thanksgiving.  The birthday boy was over the moon excited to have cioppino for his birthday dinner.  How many eight year olds do that?!  I made it with mussels, scallops, shrimp and cod.  He also had cupcakes for dessert.  Of the three boys, Ewan is the one that enjoys food the most, as well as eats the most.

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