• Survival Mode Mom? You’re Up!

    I could have served the gluten free, antibiotic free, no preservatives, all natural dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets and homemade sweet potato fries alongside fresh slices of fruit for lunch. It was, after-all, what Overachiever Mom had meticulously planned. It’s what she, in the most organized fashion had drawn up on the menu board adorning the front of the fridge. The one right next to the organized schedule of fun, exciting and stimulating activities for the day. I could have…but….life… Fourteen minutes in to the morning my older two were at each other’s throats fighting, landing them out into the fresh air and morning sunshine soon after breakfast. That organized schedule…

  • Marian’s Chili (Big Batch)

    I remember the day I slid myself into the high seated chair at the bar facing my mother’s kitchen. I asked her for her chili recipe. She laughed. My mom derives no pleasure from cooking. It’s not a secret. Those are her words, and I quote. She turned from me, opened the cupboard door, scrounged around for a quick moment…and then flopped a package of McCormick’s chili seasoning on the counter. “There”, she said, “instructions are on the back”. And we both laughed. I’ve never been “big” on chili but a bowl from time to time through the winter months is some of the best comfort food. And so, for…

  • Smoked Sausage & Peppers Rice

    Rice is a staple that is relatively easy to find (except for during pandemic hysteria: add this to the list of things that were hard to find, along with toilet paper and hand soap), inexpensive, filling and has a great shelf-life. I’m not one for a pile of plain rice on my plate – though I suppose that if push came to shove and eating was for survival alone, as it is in many poorer countries, I could get on board. I’ve got a stockpile of uncooked rice in the pantry for just in case but I’ve been experimenting with meals that are heavy on the rice while also bursting…