cucumber snack

We are always trying to find variations on the no-carb snack or appetizer–because I’m gluten intolerant, and my husband tries to stay away from carbs. Now our friends have become quite good at figuring out ways around it–from really good GF crackers to interesting ways to treat veg. Our friend Lisa served these cucumber slices […]


picnic indoors

Our dear friend Becky had a lovely dinner party the other night, and came up with this picnic riff to allow both adults and kids to have their own space. The adults were seated at the dining table in the adjacent room, and the kids sat around the picnic blanket, which had some candles from […]


healthy easy nachoes

To me the Christmas season and Mexican food are synonymous. Weird right? I grew up in South Texas and every holiday that deserved a big celebratory meal in my house consisted of Mexican food. So, in the spirit of the season, here is a healthy (cheese-less) nacho recipe you can easily make with ingredients you […]


chili

I’m not quite sure why this chili recipe–an old Gourmet classic adapted by Smitten Kitchen–tastes so much better than so many other chili recipes I’ve tried, but  it just does. Maybe it’s the combination of the spices: healthy healthy heap of cumin makes all the difference, in combination with the usual suspects. Or maybe it’s […]


opener

We love popcorn in our house. Years ago we got a Whirly-Pop, which we love to bring out on a cold weekend. But when I heard about Quinn Popcorn, which is a safe microwaveable popcorn (the bags don’t have the lining that is made out of stuff that is not good for you and the […]


one-pot-chicken-cacciatore-feature

After the mildest of falls, the weather has done a quick about-face and out came the winter hats and mis-matched mittens (I swear I had full sets when I packed them up last March!) along with my trusty Dutch oven. It’s getting lots of action with a succession of one-pot meals like this one. This […]



crudite bar

Our friend Lisa Rubisch put together this easy crudite bar at her home when she was throwing a birthday party for her husband. They ordered from a great local BBQ spot, and in the morning she went to the farmer’s market, and picked up some great produce. We love how she put it in glass […]


blt bacon

This weekend my husband came up with this version of a BLT. Using the inner leaves of some romaine lettuce as his base, he added in a stripe of mayo, then a thick piece of bacon, and chopped tomatoes on top. Let’s just say they went fast.


kale salad

We know we’ve talked plenty about kale salads we love, but we had an epiphany last weekend, when we made (and dressed) our kale salad several hours before the guests arrived. There’s just something so nice about having nothing left to do when the guests arrive, except to serve the food. This salad just gets […]


tomato plate

Tomatoes in season, and in different colors, really couldn’t be more beautiful. But the way that our friend Mrs. Pai arranged this platter of tomatoes, I just had to share it. It’s so simple–tomatoes and salt, but then she put those fig branches on…and wow…amazing. (I’ve written about her  on Momfilter before–she is my friend Liana’s mom, and she’s a […]


photo

I may be gluten intolerant, but I’m also intolerant to buying too many gluten free products, because I usualy find them to be too expensive, and not all that great. So when I do find something that is actually worth it (read: even the gluten lovers like it so nobody is compromising), I get very […]


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