{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

So.Many.Good.Links.Start.Reading.Now.It.Will.Take.You.All.Week. Enjoy. -Christina THIS WEEK IN FOOD Ohhhh Bittman. I love you. He reveals on his NYTIMES Opinionator Column why he is currently fasting…On his NYTimes blog he shares some of his fasting experience, Link-love on Hunger, Poverty & Budget Cuts and finally, his thoughts on Hunger as a Disease. Wonderful, wonderful pieces. Sooo if…

{Kid Tested & Approved} Cowboy Chili

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two posts highlighting additional recipes from our current cookbook giveaway, The Meal Makeover Moms’ No Whine With Dinner. We are trying not to push blog etiquette by posting ALL the successful recipes we tested, so these posts will be in “recap” format with links to the recipes on…

{Kid Tested & Approved} Snack Attack

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two posts highlighting additional recipes from our current cookbook giveaway, The Meal Makeover Moms’ No Whine With Dinner. We are trying not to push blog etiquette by posting ALL the successful recipes we tested, so these posts will be in “recap” format with links to the recipes on…

{recipe link love} Valentine’s Day 2011

If you’re celebrating the lovely holiday with home-cooked food then I’ve got a comprehensive recipe round-up for you. I have also included some hand-crafted gifts too. My husband and I are celebrating with one-hour massages and lunch while the grandparents babysit Miles…ahhhh.   First up, Mast Baker Gesine’s AMAZING work. These cakes are truly artistry…

{soup swap} Farmgirl Susan’s Garlic Lover’s White Bean Soup

{Sarah’s soup was so good that I forgot to shoot it until my bowl was almost empty!! -Christina} I love soup.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  I could eat soup almost every night during the colder months along with a grilled cheese sandwich.  It’s a comfort food and so tasty and warm.  When…

{recipe link love} SUPER BOWL PARTY 2011

will be this Sunday night…. {yes, Miles chewed off the tip…not a dog. sigh} Not for me! Hurray! Luckily my husband will be heading to the bar with his dude friends so I don’t have to deal. If you are not so lucky (full disclosure, I’m a super sports fan but I don’t wanna deal…

{photo diary} Sugar Cookies on a Snow Day

We had a snowstorm today. It was supposed to be gigantic. It still left a foot of snow + a half-foot from yesterday but still it wasn’t the 2+ feet of snowing-all-day event that the meteorologists were predicting. We needed a project for today…playdo animals- check! New track set-up on the train table- check! Large…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL edition

Busy week in food-related news…I say this every week. It still amazes me, now that I concentrate my news topics to  “food” how many stories there are in one week. Before I get to the linking bonanza there are two pieces of housekeeping to attend to: 1) One of my favorite cooking blogs, the kitchn,…

{Dark Days & GIVEAWAY} Week 6

Editor’s Note: This is our fourth installment of a 4 1/2 month challenge, Dark Days, taken up by 88 blogs spanning the country, to eat one meal a week as local, sustainable, ethical and organic as possible. I’m talking gluten-free sweet potato gnocchi, my very own quart of canned tomatoes and some sautéed broccoli rabe….

{thanksgiving} recipe link love

In case you’re still in need of some main, side dish or desert inspiration, I’ve trolled the blogs and newspapers to find the ultimate Thanksgiving recipe link love list. Enjoy! -Christina Mark Bittman’s 101 Thanksgiving Ideas on NYTimes Mark has more on his own website NYTimes’ WELL SECTION Vegetarian Thanksgiving Meatless Monday has a Thanksgiving…

Lasagn-ahhhh…

I have a HUGE sweet tooth and one of my greatest weaknesses. At the beginning of my weight lost journey I knew I needed to find ways to have a small treat that would satisfy me but still keep to my goal of weight loss.  I came across a book at Target, Hungry Girl,  200…

Peanut Butter Icing….Who Cares About the Cake!

Butter, heavy cream, peanut butter, sugar…..yeah not so healthy but sometimes you must indulge and if you are going to indulge this is one way to do it! Halloween might be just the right time to pull out this recipe and take it for a spin! I came across a fabulous picture of a chocolate…

{Back to School} I Heart the Crockpot!

I  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Crockpot! The crockpot pictured here is from Williams- Sonoma.  A beauty isn’t it?! Schools in session! This year ALL three kiddos are at the same school on the same schedule for the very FIRST time.  I have done my duty for the past 8 ½ years and am adapting well to…

{Tis the Season} Apple Cake

It’s fall and around here in upstate NY the apple orchards are bustling and that means the kids are begging to pick apples.  We managed to get out on the last day of summer vacation for a glorious day at Bowman’s Orchards  http://www.bowmanorchards.com in Rexford, NY.  Let me tell you…as the kiddos get older apple picking…

Beet Hummus

Alright, I’ll admit it, I am very new to the world of beets.  They are not something that I’ve purchase before because my husband hates them.  In our CSA share from Denison Farm we’ve received beets several times.  Just about every time that we’ve gotten them I’ve blanched and frozen them for later use.  I…