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The Future of Food – the movie. The Future of Food – the movie.

I can’t sleep. My son woke me up at 4:43 am because he had a bad dream. I had a bad dream too. I really shouldn’t watch scary movies late at night. I didn’t plan to write about serious “things” on this blog. At first this movie did leave me speechless, but then my brain […]

Rib-eye steak, grits, cherry tomatoes and butter lettuce salad Rib-eye steak, grits, cherry tomatoes and butter lettuce salad

This dinner is so easy to make. It will take you 30 minutes from start to finish, or 15-20 minutes active time. So delicious, and family-friendly too. For the steaks: I ask the butcher to cut the steak, which usually weighs 1 lb. each, lengthwise to make 2 thinner steaks. 4 each ½ lb. steaks […]

Whole Roasted Chicken with Chardonnay-Tarragon Sauce, Roasted Potatoes and Carrots Whole Roasted Chicken with Chardonnay-Tarragon Sauce, Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

This photo is not the prettiest, I know, but dinner was sooo delicious, AND this is the easiest meal on earth to prepare! AND, kids love it too. It’s a win-win. Whole Roasted Chicken with Chardonnay-Tarragon Sauce Makes 4-6 servings For the chicken: 1 whole chicken, about 4 lb. 3 garlic cloves, chopped ¼ cup […]

Chicken thighs, Israeli couscous, steamed cauliflower, and salad with feta Chicken thighs, Israeli couscous, steamed cauliflower, and salad with feta

This dinner can be prepared in 20 minutes if you are quick and efficient in the kitchen. If you are not, you know what I say: 1) take a cooking class, and 2) the more you cook, the better you get. Makes 4-6 servings For the chicken: 4-6 boneless skinless chicken thighs 1 teaspoon paprika […]

Cheesecake with streusel topping disaster Cheesecake with streusel topping disaster

The best cooking advice I can give you today is: always, and I mean ALWAYS, place your cake pan inside a sheet pan before you bake it. I love cheesecakes and I love a streusel topping. So I found a cookbook with a recipe that combines both. I was happy. Then… while I was making […]

Stuffed bell peppers – a picky eater's nightmare? Stuffed bell peppers – a picky eater's nightmare?

  I hated stuffed peppers as a child. I hated any stuffed vegetable as a child. When I had no choice, I would eat the content – usually a mixture of ground beef, rice and herbs, but refuse to touch the vegetable containing the stuffing. But now, as an adult, I love it. It has […]

Tips to Encourage Good Eating Tips to Encourage Good Eating

Some kid-friendly tips: Love and appreciation of food Teach your kids to love food by treating food with respect. Show them how much you enjoy your meal. Talk about the food – how it looks, how it tastes, the texture, (if needed) how can you can cook it better next time, etc. This country has […]

Family friendly restaurants

When people hear this words combination “Family friendly restaurants” what comes to mind is big chain restaurants (no need to name names) serving junk food, where the kids can go wild, run around and scream from the top of their lungs, where they learn no table manners, and they get wrong idea about what food […]

Grilled lamb with yogurt-mint sauce, potatoes, and corn

Makes 4 servings For the lamb: 10-12 lamb loin chops, or Frenched chops 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 sprig rosemary, chopped Salt Black pepper, finely ground Extra virgin olive oil Put lamb in Ziploc bag. Chop garlic and rosemary, add to lamb. Add seasonings and evoo. Let marinade overnight or at least an hour before […]

U-pick farms U-pick farms

A fantastic and fun way to teach kids about food is to go to farms, and especially to U-pick farm where you can see how vegetables and fruits grow and you can pick them by yourself. This is the freshest produce ever! Here, in Bellevue, WA, a suburban city near Seattle, there are still a […]