July 2015 Meal Plan

July! Just when I was finally getting the hang of June…. The school year went incredibly fast. Too fast. I don’t know if it’s because it was my first year of freelancing (which is going MARVELOUSLY well, thanks so much for asking!) or because both boys were at the same school for the first time in a long time, which made for smoother logistics, or…what. I refuse to believe it’s because I’m getting older and therefore feel that time moves differently. Nope. Not happening. But however it happened, my little boys finished 2nd grade and Kindergarten just a couple of weeks ago, and now they’ve already got a week of

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Image Credit: Billy Hathorn

Charleston. I said to my husband last night, or maybe it was the night before: “I’m feeling really sad about Charleston.” J.: “I know. Me, too.” Me: “I mean, especially because we went there. We’ve been there. We loved it. Remember?” J.: “I know. Me, too. I know.” We were silent after that. Because what else is there to say? This past October, J. and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We rarely go anywhere together, just the two of us — not even out to dinner for the “date nights” we envy among our other married friends. It just isn’t our life. We cozy up at home together, we

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Mediterranean Grilled Pork Chops and Salad

How arrogant of me, to call this pork “perfect.” How dare I be so bold? So smug? Few things in life are actually perfect, it’s true, and in all likelihood, this pork is no more perfect than I am – which is to say, it’s got a ways to go. But it’s darned good. It’s the kind of good that made my kids go rooting in the refrigerator for the leftovers the next day, the kind of good that had hubby J. proclaiming that he’d like me to make this pork, and ONLY this pork, every time I buy pork for dinner for the rest of eternity. (I think he

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May 2015 Meal plan

I’ve been asking a lot of the same rhetorical question lately: “What is WRONG with me?” Why did I think it would be a good idea to take a position on the production team for Listen To Your Mother Providence, be IN the show, then just a few days later enter into “hell week” for the season-end concert of “Carmina Burana” that I’m performing with the Providence Singers and the RI Philharmonic, all while juggling a heavy client workload for my freelance business and keeping the home fires burning? What is WRONG with me? As my 8-year-old would say, “All good things. All good things.” I’m happy and productive and

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Orecchiette with Cauliflower and Pecan Pesto

Did you know April is National Pecan Month? Yeah…neither did I. I don’t usually keep track of these things. But I’m happy to know about it, because pecans are arguably one of my very favorite nuts. I prefer them to walnuts in baked goods (okay, I prefer them to walnuts in MOST things), I love glazing them and spicing them for holiday celebrations, and I adore throwing them into homemade granolas or using them to make a delicious nutty crust on fish or chicken. Given my adoration of pecans, and the fact that I had just bought a bunch of them to use for my carrot cupcakes, I was only

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Brown Butter Balsamic Chicken

One of the first things that I figured out how to cook, reliably, was boneless chicken in a skillet. Let’s face it: Boneless chicken is easy to work with, as proteins go – you just sort of cut it up (or not) and throw it in a pan or on a grill, and as long as you don’t totally incinerate it or leave it raw in the center it’ll be reasonably edible at the end of the cooking process. It’s also a blank canvas, so just by changing up the seasonings and vegetables you add to it, you can expand your repertoire of “mastered dishes” pretty easily. There: Now you

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Image Courtesy Tuttorosso Tomatoes

This post is part excitement, part thanks, and part mea culpa. See, the great folks at Tuttorosso Tomatoes reached out to me a while back and asked if they could send me a blogger kit. No strings attached, no post required, but if I liked what I saw, I could share their promotion with you all. I said sure. I like tomatoes. They sent me a kit. I didn’t realize it. It’s an extremely long and semi-pointless story, but the bullet point is, I just found it. And the promotion ends today. Bad blogger. Bad, bad blogger. So MEA CULPA. And I’m sorry, Tuttorosso Tomato people, because your tomatoes are

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Make Social learning stick

My dear friend Laura has the coolest job in the world – she’s a book publicist. She’s also a fellow “sensory mom” and knows what we’ve been through with L.’s complex neurology. So when Laura messages me about a new book she’d love me to read and review, I know it’s going to be something I have to check out. Make Social Learning Stick by Elizabeth Sautter isn’t so much a “book” in the way you might expect. I experienced it more as a sort of field guide, a curriculum model for parenting – it’s full of colorful illustrations and charts, each helping to explain a different set of techniques

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Salmon Pate

So here’s the thing. I’m a seafood girl. My 8-year-old son, L., gets his amazingly adventurous “If-it-swam-it’s-edible” attitude from me. One of our favorite things to do together is hit the sushi bar, and at a recent family dinner at a nice restaurant, L. took his first hit of raw oyster – then reached for more. The two of us will eat fish and seafood at pretty much any hour of the day, including breakfast. In fact, one of the small-but-awesome perks I’ve discovered in the half-year or so I’ve been self-employed and working from home is that I no longer have to tiptoe around the concerns of my officemates

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April meal plan

Happy Spring! Or maybe not. Spring in the Northeast is and always has been a fickle beast, but I’m not sure I remember too many other Marches that went out with as much “lion” still roaring as this one. Just a few nights ago, I finished singing a concert in Providence and walked out to a fresh coating of snow that required a legitimate brushing-off of my car; today is snow-free and not as frigid, but even 8-year-old L. conceded that he would need both his hooded gym sweatshirt and his winter coat to survive recess. The Easter forecast looks bright and sunny, but all my lovely pastel dresses will

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