Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

Tomatoes Provencal

April 29, 2015

Julia Child left many gifts to us….

What to do with tomatoes in the off season just might be my favorite.

Tomatoes Provencal is one of those dishes that is greater then the sum of its parts.

Simple herbs, bread crumbs, garlic, olive oil salt and pepper. That’s it!

Bake for 10-15 minutes and then, take a warm buttery crunchy herby garlic bite, with the floral warm softness of the tomato underneath.

I usually make these for a side dish with meat – lamb, steak, ham. The first time I made them was for Easter years ago, but they are so easy and so good I make them for holidays or for a casual dinner or for brunch.

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

February 27, 2015

Oh hello there.

How’s your week going?

We are on February School vacation week here, so we took the kids up skiing to North Conway, NH. It’s been a mixed bag with some wonderful ski days and others so cold we were shivering on the chairlift and huddling for warmth. If you follow me on Instagram you know we’ve reached an amazing point where all our older kids can ski with us down most trails and it is such a joy. Though there are some serious heart palpitations for this momma, we mostly have smooth sailing as we fly down the hill.

But no matter what the weather our days always end apres skiing with friends or sitting around a fire. I knew it would be very hard to be Whole30 compliant on vacation, so I have been MOSTLY eating paleo with a few glasses of wine …

Week Eats with Whole Parenting

February 11, 2015

Hi all – I am linking up with the lovely Nell at Whole Parenting who hosts a Week Eats on her blog that is always yummy and delicious. Nell is also like a Renaissance woman since she used to be an attorney, and now makes the cutest baby clothes and runs after her three little ones while making delicious healthy food. She also is the cheerleader of the internet since she is always encouraging others and leaves a “so presh!” comment under every cute baby pic on Instagram.

This coming week involves a ski trip, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, a Wine Party, and the start of my Whole30 cleanse with Kelly Mantoan of This Ain’t the Lyceum blog. Basically every possible extreme when it comes to food.  I thought it would be funny/insane to give a real representation of what we will be eating and hopefully the links will lead you to some …

Healthy Links & Holiday Recap

January 5, 2015

Hi foodie friends! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that I just launched my writing website at Janine Isabelle did a great job designing both sites. It feels really fun to share essays and notes on writing, but I missed hanging out in foodie land too, so I love having a space for both things on the web this year. (The two sites have links at the top connecting them so you can go back and forth). I looked at the way I love to use blogs for inspiration both in the kitchen and to grow in learning, to become a better mom, writer, friend. I hope to give content on both sites that inspire your hearts and your stomaches.

So before I unpack from a week of skiing, allow me to procrastinate on all that laundry by finding yummy, healthy …

Mini Christmas Frittatas

December 21, 2014

I don’t know about you, but the kitchen is the last place I want to be on Christmas morning. That’s why I love these mini fritattas – they take less then 15 minutes to whip together, and 10 minutes to bake. Plus, for some reason my kids all loved these, which is more then I can say for egg casserole or quiche – both of which I happen to love and are great holiday make ahead ideas but the kids don’t love them.

I think ham, egg and cheese might just be my favorite combo on the planet (asides from fried pickles dipped in ranch).  Western omlettes make me swoon. And so do these. The salty bite of parm with the smokiness of the ham are just a match made in heaven. Plus these are relatively healthy for you – you know, to balance out the egg nog spiked with …

Give Away Winner & Best App Ever: Cheese Puffs

December 17, 2014

And the winner of the Ina Garten Make It Ahead Cookbook is………..

Abbey DeRocker!! Congratulations, lady!!  (I put all the names in there and he picked one FYI).

And I am busy making lots of things for the holidays, but I just wanted to repost the most amazing holiday appetizer EVER. 

Cheese Puffs.

I wrote about it last Thanksgiving and it is a very bad photo but we are cooking up a new batch for Christmas Eve and I can’t wait. So I am going to go make like an Elf and send out some Christmas cards.

xoxo Katie