My Mom’s Italian Meatballs

Although both of my parents could cook, my mother is the one who taught me how.  She never really cared for cooking, I think, and she was happy to train us children up to take over dinner duty now and again for her.  (Can’t blame her, there!) She taught me how to read recipes and […]

Planning a Month of Dinners

Plan Monthly, Shop Weekly I am a planner.  I like to know what’s in store, what I’m going to need, and how much it’s going to cost.  You can ask my children: I’m forever making lists, calculating expenses and plotting times.  I’ve typically shopped weekly, until fairly recently, but I have been making monthly menu […]

Artisan Bread For Sandwiches

I love grilled cheese sandwiches.  I make them all kinds of ways, with just plain cheese (seldom American), with added vegetables and herbs, sometimes even with a slice of lunch meat.  I love the warm, melty, crispy, butteriness.  Grilled cheese is an utterly satisfying sandwich, with or without a side of soup.  (I usually prefer […]

One Little Thing

When I switched around milking and dinner time, I opened up the whole day.  I have no idea why I hadn’t done this sooner.  All of a sudden, I’ve got nothing but time.  The afternoon is wide open, and the entire evening is deconflicted.  There is no hurrying.  After dinner, instead of hustling to get […]

Keeping a Pantry

The First Thing I Do That Makes Meal Management Easier I would like to tell you that I go grocery shopping every week, but I don’t.  It’s not that I don’t want to.  The weekly marketing used to be a pleasant part of our routine, and maybe it should be again!  But I don’t always […]

Meatless Fridays

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to finally get us into the routine of meatless Fridays.  If you aren’t Catholic, it’s a devotion of sorts, a small deprivation performed for the sake of doing penance for our sins and those of others.  It’s really small.  It’s pretty easy.  But we couldn’t maintain it at […]

Paper Chase

I print lots of stuff off the internet.  You too?  Lesson ideas, recipes, instructions… and then what to do with it all?  Often, I stack it up somewhere on or near my desk, planning to organize it at some later date.  Eventually, I get frustrated with the clutter and unorganized papers and toss everything.  Whatever […]