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Orecchiette with Sausage, Tomato and Broccoli

March 27, 2018

First, I just need to make an announcement that a new baby has joined our family:

She’s so shiny, right?

The twins weren’t the only thing keeping me from blogging here. Our old stove had all but a tiny burner die right around Christmas, and even though I got this one back then it took almost THREE months to get all the pipes and installation complete. But she’s worth it. I feel like I am driving a Ferrari when I am cooking on it. Wait until you see how she carmelized the chicken and veggies in our favorite stir fry on my next post!

So, my inspiration to cook is sky high and the babies are sleeping more. To all my loyal readers – thank you! I hope you are happy to see some more recipes coming.

So let’s start with this delicious …

Loaded Potato Soup

March 14, 2018

I am excited for spring just about on every level, but there is one thing about the cold weather that I don’t mind holding on to and dragging into spring with us: comfort food.

Soup tops the list of comfort food for me, followed closely by anything with potatoes, so really this Loaded Baked Potato Soup is a match made in heaven. We are Irish so its basically in our blood to like this. If you’re looking to jazz up your St. Patrick’s Day menu, this one’s a winner.

The first time I had it was at a book club where they read my book! I got to be a guest author. It was amazing to hear smart, lovely women talking about Anna and Andrew and Maine.  I was reminded again that everyone brings so much of their inner life to a book. I’ve recently heard several people …

Easy Peasy

January 24, 2018

You probably already figured this out, since I haven’t posted here in a month, but having twins does not make for good food blogging.

I thought I would pop on here though and list the meals that I’ve discovered in this crazy season that are a) easy b) delicious and c) easy.  Most of the time I am cooking with a baby in the Bijorn or on my hip so I am low on pics. Let’s think of this post as word-of-mouth recommendations, shall we? There are different seasons in life and in the kitchen, and I subscribe to the idea that part of loving food is embracing the season you are in and not trying to fight it, or else you will be miserable. I know there will be seasons down the road where I will be creating recipes again. Maybe you have found yourself …

Spinach and Pancetta Stuffed Shells

December 14, 2017

I am just getting back into the routine of making dinner, now that the babies are (sort of) on a schedule and I know when there is a 30ish minute window to cook. Not sure when there will be a window to cook and take photos, so I am re-sharing one of my favorite dinners that I posted a while ago. I have been craving it, and it is such a cozy comforting dinner. It is just special enough though that it could be made for a holiday, and the green from the spinach and flecks of red from the pancetta make it perfect for a Christmas Eve or Christmas day spread.

It has just snowed in New Hampshire and the temps have turned to arctic, and every night we are craving a comforting, stick to our ribs kind of …

Love in a time of NICU {Instapot Beef Barley Soup}

November 17, 2017

Sometimes when I want a good laugh, I think about everything that has happened in the last month.

Survive the end of a twin pregnancy.

Have a C-section.

Have twin boys (!)

Have a newborn with Down syndrome.

Have a newborn without Down syndrome, but with some considerable fussiness, especially when he gets his diaper changed or is not being held.

Have an emergency illness lower 6-day-old Ronan’s temperature to 94, and rush to get him admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital for hypothermia. Discover he has Hirschsprung’s Disease.

Heal from your 6 day old C-section while living in the sleeping suite (basically a dorm room) by rolling Michael around the halls of Boston Children’s in a clear plexiglass bassinet, which draws so much attention to your newborn that it takes you 20 minutes to get across the hospital.

Get terrified that you will lock yourself out of your sleep suite multiple times a day.

Get more terrified that you will lock your newborn in.

Leave your phone in the …

The Twins Are Finally Here

October 25, 2017

{Welcome to the world Michael Seamus and Ronan Christopher Curtis. Born 10/13/17. Michael was 6 lb 7 oz and Ronan was 6 lb 6 oz, both 20 inches long.}

The twins were born after my last scheduled non-stress test, when I was discovered to be 2 cm dilated and my OB didn’t want me to go the weekend with breech twins and partially dilated, since a prolapsed cord (or the umbilical chord being able to hang down out of the uterus, possibly cutting off blood flow) was a big risk and a danger to the babies.

It was a blissful 5 days despite Ronan’s difficulty eating. Then his body temp started to move south, until 6 days after their birth it was down to 94 degrees, and we were sent to Boston Children’s Hospital. Ronan was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s Disease, which is one of the …